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

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draw your murderous purposes & return with your armies to your own lands but as ye have once rejected these things & have fought against the people of the Lord even so I may expect you will do it again & now behold we are prepared to receive you yea & except you withdraw your purposes behold you <​ye​> will pull down the wrath of that God whom you <​ye you​> have rejected upon you <​ye you​> even to your utter distruction but as the Lord liveth our armies shall come upon you except ye withdraw & <​ye​> shall soon be visited with death for we will retake <​retain​> our cities & our lands yea & we will maintain our Religion & the cause of our God but behold it supposeth me that I talk to you concerning these things in vain or it supposeth me that thou art a child of Hell therefore I will close my Epistle by telling you that I will not exchange prisons save it be on conditions that ye will deliver up a man & his wife & his children for one prisoner if this be the case that ye will do it I will exchange & behold if ye do not this I will come against you with my armies yea even I will arm my women & my children & I will come against you & I will follow you even unto into your own land which is the land of our first inheritance yea & it shall be blood for blood yea life for life & I will give you battle even untill you are destroyed from off the face of the Earth behold I am in my anger & also my people ye have sought to murder us & we have only sought to defend ourselves but behold if ye seek to destroy us more we will seek to destroy you yea & we will seek our land the lands of our first inheritace now I close my Epistle I am Moroni I am a leader of the people of the Nephites Now it came to pass that Ammoron when he had received this Epistle he was angry & he wrote another Epistle unto Moroni & these are the wo◊◊◊ [words] which he wrote saying I am Ammoron the King of the Lamanites I am the brother of Amalickiah whom ye have murdered behold I will avenge his blood upon you yea & I will come upon you with my armies for I fear not your threatnings for behold your fathers did wrong their brethren insomuch that they did rob them of their right to the goverment when it rightly belonged unto them & now behold if ye will lay down your arms & subject yourselves to be governed by those to whom the goverment doth rightly belong then will I cause that my people shall lay down their weapons & shall be at war no more behold ye have breathed out many threatnings against me & my people but behold we fear not your threatnings nevertheless I will grant to exchange prisoners according to your request gladly that I may preserve my food for <​my​> men of war & we will wedge a war which shall be eternal either to the subjecting the Nephites to our authority or to their eternal extinction & as concerning that God whom ye say we have rejected behold we know not such a being neither ye but if it so be that there is such a being we know not but that he hath made us as well [p. 306]
draw your murderous purposes & return with your armies to your own lands but as ye have once rejected these things & have fought against the people of the Lord even so I may expect you will do it again & now behold we are prepared to receive you yea & except you withdraw your purposes behold ye will pull down the wrath of that God whom you have rejected upon you even to your utter distruction but as the Lord liveth our armies shall come upon you except ye withdraw & ye shall soon be visited with death for we will retain our cities & our lands yea & we will maintain our Religion & the cause of our God but behold it supposeth me that I talk to you concerning these things in vain or it supposeth me that thou art a child of Hell therefore I will close my Epistle by telling you that I will not exchange prisons save it be on conditions that ye will deliver up a man & his wife & his children for one prisoner if this be the case that ye will do it I will exchange & behold if ye do not this I will come against you with my armies yea even I will arm my women & my children & I will come against you & I will follow you even into your own land which is the land of our first inheritance yea & it shall be blood for blood yea life for life & I will give you battle even untill you are destroyed from off the face of the Earth behold I am in my anger & also my people ye have sought to murder us & we have only sought to defend ourselves but behold if ye seek to destroy us more we will seek to destroy you yea & we will seek our land the lands of our first inheritace now I close my Epistle I am Moroni I am a leader of the people of the Nephites Now it came to pass that Ammoron when he had received this Epistle he was angry & he wrote another Epistle unto Moroni & these are the wo [words] which he wrote saying I am Ammoron the King of the Lamanites I am the brother of Amalickiah whom ye have murdered behold I will avenge his blood upon you yea & I will come upon you with my armies for I fear not your threatnings for behold your fathers did wrong their brethren insomuch that they did rob them of their right to the goverment when it rightly belonged unto them & now behold if ye will lay down your arms & subject yourselves to be governed by those to whom the goverment doth rightly belong then will I cause that my people shall lay down their weapons & shall be at war no more behold ye have breathed out many threatnings against me & my people but behold we fear not your threatnings nevertheless I will grant to exchange prisoners according to your request gladly that I may preserve my food for my men of war & we will wedge a war which shall be eternal either to the subjecting the Nephites to our authority or to their eternal extinction & as concerning that God whom ye say we have rejected behold we know not such a being neither ye but if it so be that there is such a being we know not but that he hath made us as well [p. 306]
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