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

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a free goverment he caused to be put to death & there was but few which denied the covenant of freedom & it came to pass also that he caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land which was possessed by the Nephitees & thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites & they began to have peace again in the land & thus they did maintain peace in the land until nearly the end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the Judges & Helaman & the high priests did also maintain order in the church yea even form tth <​for the​> space of four years did they have much peace & rejoicing in the church & it came to pass that there were many who died firmly believing that their souls were redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ thus they went out of the world rejoicing & there were some who died with fevers which at some seasons of the year was verry frequent in the land but not so much so with fevers because of the excelence excellent qualities of the many plants & roots which God had prepared to move the <​cause​> of deseases which was subsequent to man by the nature of the climate but there were many who died with old age & those who died in the faith of Christ are happy in him as we must needs suppose now we will return in our record to Amalickiah & those which had fled with him into the wildarness for behold he had taken those which went with him & went up into the land of Nephi among the Lamanites & did stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nephites <​people​> of Nephi insomuch that the King of the Lamanites sent a proclamation throughout all his land among all his people that they should gather themselves together <​again to go up to battle​> against the Nephites & it came to pass that when the proclamation had gone forth among them they were exceding fraid yea they feared to displease the king & they also feared to go to battle against the Nephites lest they should lose their lives & it came to pass that they would not or the more part of them would not obey the commandment of the king & now it came to pass that the king was wroth because of their disobediance therefore he gave Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was obediant unto his commands & commanded him that he should go forth & compel them to arms now behold this was the desires of Amalickiah for he being a verry subtle man to do evil therefore he laid the plan in his heart to dethrone the king of the Lamanites & now he had got the command of those parts of the Lamanites which were in favour of the king & he sought to gain favour of those which were not obediant therefore he went forward to the place which was which were not <​obediant​> in therefore <​called​> Oneidah for thither had all the Lamanites fled for they discovered the army of coming & they supposed <​supposing that​> they were coming to destroy them therefore they fled to Oneidah to the place of arms & they had [p. 285]
a free goverment he caused to be put to death & there was but few which denied the covenant of freedom & it came to pass also that he caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land which was possessed by the Nephitees & thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites & they began to have peace again in the land & thus they did maintain peace in the land until nearly the end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the Judges & Helaman & the high priests did also maintain order in the church yea even for the space of four years did they have much peace & rejoicing in the church & it came to pass that there were many who died firmly believing that their souls were redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ thus they went out of the world rejoicing & there were some who died with fevers which at some seasons of the year was verry frequent in the land but not so much so with fevers because of the excellent qualities of the many plants & roots which God had prepared to move the cause of deseases which was subsequent to man by the nature of the climate but there were many who died with old age & those who died in the faith of Christ are happy in him as we must needs suppose now we will return in our record to Amalickiah & those which had fled with him into the wildarness for behold he had taken those which went with him & went up into the land of Nephi among the Lamanites & did stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nephites people of Nephi insomuch that the King of the Lamanites sent a proclamation throughout all his land among all his people that they should gather themselves together again to go up to battle against the Nephites & it came to pass that when the proclamation had gone forth among them they were exceding fraid yea they feared to displease the king & they also feared to go to battle against the Nephites lest they should lose their lives & it came to pass that they would not or the more part of them would not obey the commandment of the king & now it came to pass that the king was wroth because of their disobediance therefore he gave Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was obediant unto his commands & commanded him that he should go forth & compel them to arms now behold this was the desires of Amalickiah for he being a verry subtle man to do evil therefore he laid the plan in his heart to dethrone the king of the Lamanites & now he had got the command of those parts of the Lamanites which were in favour of the king & he sought to gain favour of those which were not obediant therefore he went forward to the place which was called Oneidah for thither had all the Lamanites fled for they discovered the army coming & supposing that they were coming to destroy them therefore they fled to Oneidah to the place of arms & they had [p. 285]
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