Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

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had taken many prisoners that he should retain all the prisoners of the Lamaites as a ransom for those which the Lamanites had taken & he also sent orders unto him that he should fortify the land Bountiful & secure the narrow pass which led into the land northward lest the Lamanites should obtain that point & should have power to harrass them on every side & Moroni also sent unto him desireing him that he would be faithful in maintaining that quarter of the land & that he would seek every opportunity to screen <​scourge​> the Lamanites in that quarter as much as was in his power that perhaps he might take again by stratigem or some other way those cities which had been taken out of their hands & that he <​also​> would also fortify & strengthen the cities round about which had had not fallen into the hands of the Lamanites & he also said unto him I would come unto you but behold the Lamanites are upon us in the borders of the land by the west Sea & behold I go against them therefore I cannot come unto you now the king Ammoron had departed out of the land of Zarahemla & had made known <​un​>to <​unto​> the Queen concerning the death of his brother & had gathered together a large number of men & had marched forth against the Nephites by <​on​> the borders by the west Sea & thus he was endeavoring to harrass the Nephites & <​to​> draw away a part of their forces to that part of the land which <​while​> he had commanded those which he had left to possess the cities which he had taken that they should also harrass the Nephites or on the borders by the east sea & should take possession of their lands as much as it were in their power according to the power of their armies & thus were the Nephites in those dangerous circumstances in the ending of the twenty & sixth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi but behold it came to pass in the twenty & seventh year of the reign of the Judges the Teancum by the command of Moroni who had established armies to protect the South & the west borders of the land had began his march towards the land of Bountiful that he might assist Teancum with his armies in retakeing the cities which they had lost & it came to pass that Teancum had received orders to make an attackt upon the city of Mulek & retake it if it were possible & it came to pass that Teancum made preperations to make an attackt upon the City of Mulek & march forth with his army against the Lamanites but he saw that it was impossble that he could overpower them while they were in their fortifications therefore he abandoned his designs & he returned again to the city Bountiful to wait for the coming of Moroni that he might receive strength to his army & it came to pass that Moroni did arive with his army to the land of Bountiful in the latter end of the twenty & seventh year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & in the commencement of the twenty & eighth year Moroni & Teancum & many of the chief Captains held a council of war what they should do to cause the Lamanites to come out against them to battle or that they might by [p. 301]
had taken many prisoners that he should retain all the prisoners of the Lamaites as a ransom for those which the Lamanites had taken & he also sent orders unto him that he should fortify the land Bountiful & secure the narrow pass which led into the land northward lest the Lamanites should obtain that point & should have power to harrass them on every side & Moroni also sent unto him desireing him that he would be faithful in maintaining that quarter of the land & that he would seek every opportunity to scourge the Lamanites in that quarter as much as was in his power that perhaps he might take again by stratigem or some other way those cities which had been taken out of their hands & that he also would fortify & strengthen the cities round about which had not fallen into the hands of the Lamanites & he also said unto him I would come unto you but behold the Lamanites are upon us in the borders of the land by the west Sea & behold I go against them therefore I cannot come unto you now the king Ammoron had departed out of the land of Zarahemla & had made known unto the Queen concerning the death of his brother & had gathered together a large number of men & had marched forth against the Nephites on the borders by the west Sea & thus he was endeavoring to harrass the Nephites & to draw away a part of their forces to that part of the land while he had commanded those which he had left to possess the cities which he had taken that they should also harrass the Nephites on the borders by the east sea & should take possession of their lands as much as it were in their power according to the power of their armies & thus were the Nephites in those dangerous circumstances in the ending of the twenty & sixth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi but behold it came to pass in the twenty & seventh year of the reign of the Judges the Teancum by the command of Moroni who had established armies to protect the South & the west borders of the land had began his march towards the land of Bountiful that he might assist Teancum with his armies in retakeing the cities which they had lost & it came to pass that Teancum had received orders to make an attackt upon the city of Mulek & retake it if it were possible & it came to pass that Teancum made preperations to make an attackt upon the City of Mulek & march forth with his army against the Lamanites but he saw that it was impossble that he could overpower them while they were in their fortifications therefore he abandoned his designs & returned again to the city Bountiful to wait for the coming of Moroni that he might receive strength to his army & it came to pass that Moroni did arive with his army to the land of Bountiful in the latter end of the twenty & seventh year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & in the commencement of the twenty & eighth year Moroni & Teancum & many of the chief Captains held a council of war what they should do to cause the Lamanites to come out against them to battle or that they might by [p. 301]
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