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

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things which he had seen & heard & done & it came to pass that Helaman did send forth to take this band of robbers & secret murderers that they might be executed according to the law but behold when Gadianton had found that Kishkumen did not return he feared at lest that he should be destroyed therefore he caused that his band should follow him & they took their flight out of the land by a secret way into the wilderness & thus when Helaman sent forth to take them they could no where be found & more of this Gadianton shall be spoken hereafter & thus ended the forty & second year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & behold in the end of this Book ye shall see that this Gadianton did pove the overthrow yea almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi behold I do not mean the end of the Book of Helaman but I mean the end of the Book of Nephi from which I have taken all the account which I have written——
Helaman, Chapter 2 [Helaman 3–6]
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And now it came to pass in the forty & third year of the reign of the Judges there was no contention among the people of Nephi save it ware a little pride which was in the church which did cause some little dissensions among the people which affairs were setteled in the ending of the forty & third year & there was no contention among the people in the forty & fourth year neither was there much contention in the forty & fifth year & itcame to pass in the forty & sixth yea there were much contentions & many dissensions in the which there were an exceding great many which departed out of the land of Zarahemla & went forth unto the land Northward to inherit the land & they did travel to an exceding great distance insomuch that they came to large bodies of water & many rivers yea & even they did spread forth into all parts of the land into whatsoever parts it had not been rendered desolate & without timber because of the many inhabitants which had before inherited the land & now no part of the land was desolate save it were for timber .&c. but because of the greatness of the destruction of the people which had before inhabited the land it was called desolate & there being but little timber upon the face of the land nevertheless the people which went forth became exceding expert in the working of cement therefore they did build Houses of cement in the which they did dwell & it came to pass that they did multiply & spread & did go forth from the land Southward to the land Northward & did spread insomuch that they began to cover the face of the whole earth from the Sea South to the Sea North from the Sea West to the Sea East & the people which were in the land Northward did dwell in tents & in Houses of Cement & they did suffer whatsoever tree should spring up upon the face of the land that it should grow up that in time they might have timber to build their Houses yea their cities & their Tempels & their Synagogues & their Sanctuaries & all manner of their buildings & it came to pass as timber was exceding scarce in the land Northward they did send forth much by the way of Shipping & thus they did enablle the people in the land Northward that they might build many Cities both of wood & of Cement & it came to pass that there were many of the people of Ammon which were Lamanites by birth did did also go forth into this land & now there are many records kept of the procedings [p. 334]
things which he had seen & heard & done & it came to pass that Helaman did send forth to take this band of robbers & secret murderers that they might be executed according to the law but behold when Gadianton had found that Kishkumen did not return he feared lest that he should be destroyed therefore he caused that his band should follow him & they took their flight out of the land by a secret way into the wilderness & thus when Helaman sent forth to take them they could no where be found & more of this Gadianton shall be spoken hereafter & thus ended the forty & second year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & behold in the end of this Book ye shall see that this Gadianton did pove the overthrow yea almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi behold I do not mean the end of the Book of Helaman but I mean the end of the Book of Nephi from which I have taken all the account which I have written——
Helaman, Chapter 2 [Helaman 3–6]
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And now it came to pass in the forty & third year of the reign of the Judges there was no contention among the people of Nephi save it ware a little pride which was in the church which did cause some little dissensions among the people which affairs were setteled in the ending of the forty & third year & there was no contention among the people in the forty & fourth year neither was there much contention in the forty & fifth year & itcame to pass in the forty & sixth yea there were much contentions & many dissensions in the which there were an exceding great many which departed out of the land of Zarahemla & went forth unto the land Northward to inherit the land & they did travel to an exceding great distance insomuch that they came to large bodies of water & many rivers yea & even they did spread forth into all parts of the land into whatsoever parts it had not been rendered desolate & without timber because of the many inhabitants which had before inherited the land & now no part of the land was desolate save it were for timber .&c. but because of the greatness of the destruction of the people which had before inhabited the land it was called desolate & there being but little timber upon the face of the land nevertheless the people which went forth became exceding expert in the working of cement therefore they did build Houses of cement in the which they did dwell & it came to pass that they did multiply & spread & did go forth from the land Southward to the land Northward & did spread insomuch that they began to cover the face of the whole earth from the Sea South to the Sea North from the Sea West to the Sea East & the people which were in the land Northward did dwell in tents & in Houses of Cement & they did suffer whatsoever tree should spring up upon the face of the land that it should grow up that in time they might have timber to build their Houses yea their cities & their Tempels & their Synagogues & their Sanctuaries & all manner of their buildings & it came to pass as timber was exceding scarce in the land Northward they did send forth much by the way of Shipping & thus they did enablle the people in the land Northward that they might build many Cities both of wood & of Cement & it came to pass that there were many of the people of Ammon which were Lamanites by birth did also go forth into this land & now there are many records kept of the procedings [p. 334]
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