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

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& streached it forth towards <unto them> saying unto them with a loud voice saying even as this scalp hath fallen to the earth which is the scalp of your chief so shall ye fall to the earth except ye <will> deliver up your swords <weapons> of war & depart with a covenant of peace now there were many when they saw <heard> these words & saw the scalp which was upon the sword they were struck with fear & many came forth & threw down their weopon of war at the feet of Moroni & entered into a covenant of peace & as many as entered into a covenant they suffered to depart into the wilderness now it came to pass that Zerahemnah was exceding wroth & he did stir up the remainder of his Souldiers to anger to contend more powerfully against the Nephites & now Moroni was angry bcause of the stuborness of the Lamanitess therefore he commanded his people that they should fall upon them & slay them & it came to pass that they began to slay them yea & the Lamanites did contend with their swords & their mights but behold their naked skins & their bare heads were exposed to the sharp swords of the Nephites yea behold they were pierced & smitten yea & did fall exceding fast before the swords of the Nephites & they began to be swept down even as the Souldier of Moroni had prophesied now Zerahemnah when he saw that they were all about to be destroyed ◊◊ cried mightily unto Moroni promiseing that he would covenant & also his people with them if they would spare the remainder of their lives <that> they never would come to war again against them & it came to pass that Moroni caused that the work of death should cease again among the people & it cme to pass that he took the weapons of war from the Lamanites & after they had entered into a covenant with him of peace they were suffered to depart into the wilderness now the number of their dead were not numbered because of the greatness of the number yea the number of their dead were exceding great on both on the Nephites & on the Lamanites & it came to pass that they <did> cast their dead into the waters of Sidon & they have gone forth & are buried in the debths of the Sea & the armies of the Nephites or of Moroni returned & came to their houses & their lands & thus ended the eighteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & thus ended the record of Alma which was wrote upon the plates of Nephi——
Alma, Chapter 21 [Alma 45–49]
Chapter [blank]——
The account of the people of Nephi— & their wars & dissensions in the days of Helaman according to the record of Helaman which he kept in his days—— Behold now it came to pass that the people of Nephi were excedingly rejoiced because the Lord had again delivered them out of the hands of their enemies therefore they gave thanks unto the Lord their God yea & they did fast much & pray much & they did worship God with exceding great joy & it came to pass in the nineteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi that Alma came unto his Son Helaman & sayeth unto him believest thou the words which I spake unto thee concerning these [p. 280]
& streached it forth unto them saying unto them with a loud voice saying even as this scalp hath fallen to the earth which is the scalp of your chief so shall ye fall to the earth except ye will deliver up your weapons of war & depart with a covenant of peace now there were many when they heard these words & saw the scalp which was upon the sword they were struck with fear & many came forth & threw down their weopon of war at the feet of Moroni & entered into a covenant of peace & as many as entered into a covenant they suffered to depart into the wilderness now it came to pass that Zerahemnah was exceding wroth & he did stir up the remainder of his Souldiers to anger to contend more powerfully against the Nephites & now Moroni was angry bcause of the stuborness of the Lamanitess therefore he commanded his people that they should fall upon them & slay them & it came to pass that they began to slay them yea & the Lamanites did contend with their swords & their mights but behold their naked skins & their bare heads were exposed to the sharp swords of the Nephites yea behold they were pierced & smitten yea & did fall exceding fast before the swords of the Nephites & they began to be swept down even as the Souldier of Moroni had prophesied now Zerahemnah when he saw that they were all about to be destroyed cried mightily unto Moroni promiseing that he would covenant & also his people with them if they would spare the remainder of their lives that they never would come to war again against them & it came to pass that Moroni caused that the work of death should cease again among the people & it cme to pass that he took the weapons of war from the Lamanites & after they had entered into a covenant with him of peace they were suffered to depart into the wilderness now the number of their dead were not numbered because of the greatness of the number yea the number of their dead were exceding great both on the Nephites & on the Lamanites & it came to pass that they did cast their dead into the waters of Sidon & they have gone forth & are buried in the debths of the Sea & the armies of the Nephites or of Moroni returned & came to their houses & their lands & thus ended the eighteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & thus ended the record of Alma which was wrote upon the plates of Nephi——
Alma, Chapter 21 [Alma 45–49]
Chapter [blank]——
The account of the people of Nephi— & their wars & dissensions in the days of Helaman according to the record of Helaman which he kept in his days—— Behold now it came to pass that the people of Nephi were excedingly rejoiced because the Lord had again delivered them out of the hands of their enemies therefore they gave thanks unto the Lord their God yea & they did fast much & pray much & they did worship God with exceding great joy & it came to pass in the nineteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi that Alma came unto his Son Helaman & sayeth unto him believest thou the words which I spake unto thee concerning these [p. 280]
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