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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

for a little season, for the redemption of Zion: for behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfil, I will fight your battles.
4 Behold, the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not many years hence, they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints.
5 Behold, I have commanded my servant Baurak Ale JS to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen; but the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words; but inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful. I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me, that they should be brought thus far, for a trial of their faith.
6 And now, verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that as many as have come up hither, that can stay in the region round about, let them stay; and those that cannot stay, who have families in the east, let them tarry for a little season, inasmuch as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto them, for I will counsel him concerning this [p. 391]
for a little season, for the redemption of Zion:  for behold, I do not require at their hands to  fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a  former commandment, even so will I fulfil, I  will fight your battles.
4 Behold, the destroyer I have sent forth  to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not  many years hence, they shall not be left to pol lute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name  upon the lands which I have consecrated for  the gathering together of my saints.
5 Behold, I have commanded my servant  Baurak Ale [JS] to say unto the strength of my  house, even my warriors, my young men and  middle-aged, to gather together for the re demption of my people, and throw down the  towers of mine enemies, and scatter their  watchmen; but the strength of mine house  have not hearkened unto my words; but inas much as there are those who have hearkened  unto my words, I have prepared a blessing  and an endowment for them, if they continue  faithful. I have heard their prayers, and will  accept their offering; and it is expedient in  me, that they should be brought thus far, for a  trial of their faith.
6 And now, verily I say unto you, a com mandment I give unto you, that as many as  have come up hither, that can stay in the re gion round about, let them stay; and those  that cannot stay, who have families in the  east, let them tarry for a little season, inas much as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto  them, for I will counsel him concerning this [p. 391]
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The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. By Joseph Smith, President of Said Church. 2nd ed. Nauvoo, IL: John Taylor, 1844; 3–448; includes typeset signature marks and copyright notice. The copy presented herein is held at CHL; includes marginalia and archival markings.
All but the final gathering of this book was printed in octodecimo format on thirteen sheets that were cut and folded into thirteen gatherings of eighteen leaves (thirty-six pages) each. The final gathering comprises eight leaves (sixteen pages). The text block measures 5⅞ × 3⅝ inches (15 × 9 cm).
The copy of the book presented herein is in a presentation binding of red sheepskin with gilt edges. The volume measures 6 × 3⅞ × 1 inches (15 × 10 × 3 cm). The spine is stamped with gilt ornamental panels and “Doctrine | and | Covenants” and “J. Glenn.” in gilt. The front and back pastedowns, the front flyleaf, and the back flyleaf are single-sided marbled leaves featuring a shell pattern with brown body and veins of red and white. In this copy, the first leaf of the first gathering, which is blank in other extant copies, is missing. The verso of the front flyleaf has two inscriptions, the first in graphite and the second in ink: “RN 69025 | Vault | Book Area | M223.1 | D632 | 1844” and “Jane Glenn | from her friend | Leonora Taylor | Nauvoo Oct 27th | 1844”. The handwriting of the first inscription is unknown; Leonora Taylor inscribed the second.
As the aforementioned ink inscription indicates, Leonora Taylor, wife of early church leader and printer John Taylor

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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, presented this book to Jane Glenn. The book came into the possession of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints circa 1983.

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