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

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some means flatter them out of their strong holds that they might gain advantage over them & take again the city of Mulek & it came to pass that they sent embassies to the armis army of the Lamanites which protected the city of Mulek to their leader whose name was Jacob desireing him that he would come out with his armies to meet them upon the plains between the two cities but behold Jacob which was a Zoramite would not come out with his army to meet them upon the plains & it came to pass that Moroni having no hopes of meeting them upon fair grounds therefore he resolved upon a plan that he might decoy the Lamanites out of their strong holds therefore he caused that Teancum should take a small number of men & march down near the Sea Shore & Moroni & his army by night marched into the wilderness on the west of the city Mulek & thus on the morrow when the guards of the Lamanites had discovered Teancum they ran & told it unto Jacob their leader & it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did march forth against Teancum supposeing by their numbers to overpower Teancum because of the smallness of his numbers & as Teancum saw the armies of the Lamanites coming out against him he began to retreat down by the Sea Sea shore northward & it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that he began to flee they took courage & persued them with vigor & while Teancum was thus leading away the Lamanites which were persueing them invain behold Moroni commanded that a part of his army which were with him should march forth into the city & take possession of it & thus they did & slew all those which <​who​> had been left to protect the city yea all those who would not yield up their weapon<​s​> of war & thus Moroni did <​had​> obtain<​ed​> a possession of the city Mulek with a part of his army while he marched with the remainder to meet the Lamanites when they should return from the persuit of Teancum & it came to pass that the Lamanites did persue Teancum until they came near the City Bountiful & then they were met by Lehi & a small army which had been left to protect the city Bountiful & now behold when the chief captains of the Lamanites had beheld Lehi with his army coming against them they fled in much confusion lest perhaps they should not obtain the city Mulek before Lehi should overtaake them for they were wearied because of their march & the men of Lehi were fresh now the Lamanites did not know that Moroni had been in their rear with his army & all they feared was Lehi & his men now Lehi was not desireous to overtake them till they should meet Moroni & his army & it came to pass that before the Lamanites had retreated far they were surrounded by the Nephites by the men of Moroni on one hand & the men of Lehi on the other all of whom were fresh & full of strength but the Lamanites were wearied because of their long march & Moroni commanded his men that they should fall upon them umtil [p. 302]
some means flatter them out of their strong holds that they might gain advantage over them & take again the city of Mulek & it came to pass that they sent embassies to the army of the Lamanites which protected the city of Mulek to their leader whose name was Jacob desireing him that he would come out with his armies to meet them upon the plains between the two cities but behold Jacob which was a Zoramite would not come out with his army to meet them upon the plains & it came to pass that Moroni having no hopes of meeting them upon fair grounds therefore he resolved upon a plan that he might decoy the Lamanites out of their strong holds therefore he caused that Teancum should take a small number of men & march down near the Sea Shore & Moroni & his army by night marched into the wilderness on the west of the city Mulek & thus on the morrow when the guards of the Lamanites had discovered Teancum they ran & told it unto Jacob their leader & it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did march forth against Teancum supposeing by their numbers to overpower Teancum because of the smallness of his numbers & as Teancum saw the armies of the Lamanites coming out against him he began to retreat down by the Sea shore northward & it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that he began to flee they took courage & persued them with vigor & while Teancum was thus leading away the Lamanites which were persueing them invain behold Moroni commanded that a part of his army which were with him should march forth into the city & take possession of it & thus they did & slew all those who had been left to protect the city yea all those who would not yield up their weapons of war & thus Moroni had obtained a possession of the city Mulek with a part of his army while he marched with the remainder to meet the Lamanites when they should return from the persuit of Teancum & it came to pass that the Lamanites did persue Teancum until they came near the City Bountiful & then they were met by Lehi & a small army which had been left to protect the city Bountiful & now behold when the chief captains of the Lamanites had beheld Lehi with his army coming against them they fled in much confusion lest perhaps they should not obtain the city Mulek before Lehi should overtaake them for they were wearied because of their march & the men of Lehi were fresh now the Lamanites did not know that Moroni had been in their rear with his army & all they feared was Lehi & his men now Lehi was not desireous to overtake them till they should meet Moroni & his army & it came to pass that before the Lamanites had retreated far they were surrounded by the Nephites by the men of Moroni on one hand & the men of Lehi on the other all of whom were fresh & full of strength but the Lamanites were wearied because of their long march & Moroni commanded his men that they should fall upon them [p. 302]
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