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

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many <​the People​> of liberty which also put the Kingmen to silence that they dearst not oppose but were obliged to maintain the cause of freedom now those which were in favour of Kings were those of high birth & they sought to be kings & they were supported by those which sought power & authority over the people but behold this was a critical time for such contentions to be among the people of Nephi for behold Amalickiah had again stired up the hearts of the people of the Lamaites against the people of the Nephites & he was gathering together soldiers from all parts of his land & arming them & prepareing for war with all diligince for he had sworn to drink the blood of Moroni but behold we shall see that his promise which he made was rash nevertheless he did prepare himself & his armies to come to battle against the Nephites now his armies were not so great as they had hitherto been because of the many thousands which had been slain by the hand of the Nephites but notwithstanding their great loss Amalickiah had gathered together a wonderful great army insomuch that he feared not to come down to the land of Zarahemla <​yea​> even Amalickiah did himself come down at the head of the Lamanites & it was in the twenty & fifth year of the reign of the Judges & it was at the same time that they had began to settle the affairs of their contention<​s​> concerning <​the​> chief Judge Pahoran & it came to pass that when the men which were called King men had heard that the Lamanites were coming down to battle against them they were glad in their hearts & they refused to take up arms for they were so wroth with the chief Judge & also with the people of liberty that they would not take up arms to defend their country & it came to pass that when Moroni saw this & also saw that the Lamanites were coming into the borders of the land he was exceding wroth because of the stuborness of those people of whom he had laboured with so much diligence to preserve yea he was exceding wroth his soul was filled with anger against them & it came to pass that he sent a petition with the voice of the people unto the Chief Govornor of the land desireing that he should head it & give him Moroni power to compel those dissenters to defend their country or to put them to death for it was his first care to put an end to such contentions & dissensions among the people for behold this had been hitherto a cause of all their distructions & it came to pass that it was granted according to the voice of the people & it came to pass that Moroni commanded that his army should go against those Kingmen to pull down their pride & their nobility & level them with the earth or they should take up arms to s support the cause of liberty & it came to pass that the armies did march forth against them & they did pull down their pride & their nobility insomuch that as they did lift their weapons of war to fight against the men men of Moroni they were hewn down & leveled to the earth & it came to pass that there was were four thousand of those dissenters which were hewn down by the sword [p. 298]
many the People of liberty which also put the Kingmen to silence that they dearst not oppose but were obliged to maintain the cause of freedom now those which were in favour of Kings were those of high birth & they sought to be kings & they were supported by those which sought power & authority over the people but behold this was a critical time for such contentions to be among the people of Nephi for behold Amalickiah had again stired up the hearts of the people of the Lamaites against the people of the Nephites & he was gathering together soldiers from all parts of his land & arming them & prepareing for war with all diligince for he had sworn to drink the blood of Moroni but behold we shall see that his promise which he made was rash nevertheless he did prepare himself & his armies to come to battle against the Nephites now his armies were not so great as they had hitherto been because of the many thousands which had been slain by the hand of the Nephites but notwithstanding their great loss Amalickiah had gathered together a wonderful great army insomuch that he feared not to come down to the land of Zarahemla yea even Amalickiah did himself come down at the head of the Lamanites & it was in the twenty & fifth year of the reign of the Judges & it was at the same time that they had began to settle the affairs of their contentions concerning the chief Judge Pahoran & it came to pass that when the men which were called King men had heard that the Lamanites were coming down to battle against them they were glad in their hearts & they refused to take up arms for they were so wroth with the chief Judge & also with the people of liberty that they would not take up arms to defend their country & it came to pass that when Moroni saw this & also saw that the Lamanites were coming into the borders of the land he was exceding wroth because of the stuborness of those people of whom he had laboured with so much diligence to preserve yea he was exceding wroth his soul was filled with anger against them & it came to pass that he sent a petition with the voice of the people unto the Govornor of the land desireing that he should head it & give him Moroni power to compel those dissenters to defend their country or to put them to death for it was his first care to put an end to such contentions & dissensions among the people for behold this had been hitherto a cause of all their distructions & it came to pass that it was granted according to the voice of the people & it came to pass that Moroni commanded that his army should go against those Kingmen to pull down their pride & their nobility & level them with the earth or they should take up arms to s support the cause of liberty & it came to pass that the armies did march forth against them & they did pull down their pride & their nobility insomuch that as they did lift their weapons of war to fight against the men of Moroni they were hewn down & leveled to the earth & it came to pass that there were four thousand of those dissenters which were hewn down by the sword [p. 298]
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