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

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of the reign of the Judges there would also have been peace among the people of Nephi had it not been for a contention which took place among them concerning the land of Lehi & the land of Morianton which joined upon the borders of Lehi both of which were on the borders by the Sea shore for behold the people which possessed the land of Morianton did claim a part of the land of Lehi therefore they there began to be a warm contention among <​between​> them insomuch that the people of Morianton took up arms against their brethren & they were determined by the sword to slay them but behold the peopeole which possessed the land of Lehi fled to the camp of Moroni & appealed unto him for assistance for behold they were not in the wrong & it came to pass that the people of Morianton which were led by a man whose name was Morianton found that the people of Lehi had fled to the camp of Moroni they were exceding fearful lest the army of Moroni should come upon them & destroy them therefore Morianton put it into their hearts that they should flee to the land which was northward which was covered with large bodies of water & take possession of the land which was northward & behold they would have carried this plan into an exffect which would have been a cause to have been lamented but behold Morianton being a man of much passion therefore he was angry with one of his maid servants & he fell upon her & beat her much & it came to pass that she fled & came over to the camp of Moroni & told Moroni all things concerning the matter & also concerning their intensions to flee into the land northward now behold the people which were in the land Bountiful or rather Moroni feared that they would hearken to the words of Morianton & unites with his people & thus he would obtain possessions of that <​those​> parts of the land which would lay a foundation for serious consequences among the people of Nephi yea which consequences would lead to the overthrow of their liberty therefore Moroni sent an army with their camp to head the people of Morianton to stop their flight into the land northward & it came to pass that they did not head them until they had came to the borders of the land desolation & there they did head them by the narrow pass which led by the Sea into the land northward yea by the sea on the west & on the East & it came to pass that the army which was sent by Moroni which was led by a man whose name was Teancum did meet the people of Morianton & so stuborn were the people of Morianton being inspired by his wickedness & his flattering words that a battle commenced between them in the which Teancum did slay Morianton & defeat his army & took them prisoners & returned to the camp of Moroni & thus ended the twenty & fourth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & thus was [p. 296]
of the reign of the Judges there would also have been peace among the people of Nephi had it not been for a contention which took place among them concerning the land of Lehi & the land of Morianton which joined upon the borders of Lehi both of which were on the borders by the Sea shore for behold the people which possessed the land of Morianton did claim a part of the land of Lehi therefore there began to be a warm contention between them insomuch that the people of Morianton took up arms against their brethren & they were determined by the sword to slay them but behold the peopeole which possessed the land of Lehi fled to the camp of Moroni & appealed unto him for assistance for behold they were not in the wrong & it came to pass that the people of Morianton which were led by a man whose name was Morianton found that the people of Lehi had fled to the camp of Moroni they were exceding fearful lest the army of Moroni should come upon them & destroy them therefore Morianton put it into their hearts that they should flee to the land which was northward which was covered with large bodies of water & take possession of the land which was northward & behold they would have carried this plan into an exffect which would have been a cause to have been lamented but behold Morianton being a man of much passion therefore he was angry with one of his maid servants & he fell upon her & beat her much & it came to pass that she fled & came over to the camp of Moroni & told Moroni all things concerning the matter & also concerning their intensions to flee into the land northward now behold the people which were in the land Bountiful or rather Moroni feared that they would hearken to the words of Morianton & unite with his people & thus he would obtain possession of those parts of the land which would lay a foundation for serious consequences among the people of Nephi yea which consequences would lead to the overthrow of their liberty therefore Moroni sent an army with their camp to head the people of Morianton to stop their flight into the land northward & it came to pass that they did not head them until they had came to the borders of the land desolation & there they did head them by the narrow pass which led by the Sea into the land northward yea by the sea on the west & on the East & it came to pass that the army which was sent by Moroni which was led by a man whose name was Teancum did meet the people of Morianton & so stuborn were the people of Morianton being inspired by his wickedness & his flattering words that a battle commenced between them in the which Teancum did slay Morianton & defeat his army & took them prisoners & returned to the camp of Moroni & thus ended the twenty & fourth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & thus was [p. 296]
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