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

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as you & if it so be that there is a Devil & a Hell behold will he not send you there to dwell with my brother which ye have murdered which ye have hinted that he hath gone to such a place but behold these things mattereth not I am Ammoron & a desendant of Zoram whom your fathers pressed & brought out of Jerusalem & behold now I am a bold Lamanite behold this war hath been wadged to avenge their wrongs & to maintain & to obtain their rights to the goverment & I close my Epistle to Moroni now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this Epistle he was more angry because he knew that Ammoron had a perfect knowledge of his fraud yea he knew that Ammoron knew that it was not a just cause that he had caused him to wedge a war against the people of Nephi & he said behold I will not exchange prisoners with Ammoron save he will withdraw his purpose as I have stated in my Epistle for I will not grant unto him that he shall have any more power than what he hath got behold I knew know the place where the Lamanites doth guard my people which they have taken prisoners & as Ammoron would not grant unto me mine Epistle behold I will give unto him according to my words yea I will seek death among them until they shall sue por peace & now it came to pass that when Moroni had said these words he caused that a search should be made among his men that perhaps he might find a man which was a desendant of Laman among them & it came to pass that they found one whose name was Laman & he was one of the servants of the King which was murdered by Amalickiah now Moroni caused that Laman & a small number of his men should go forth unto the guards which were over the Nephites now the Nephites were guarded in the city of Gid therefore Moroni caused that Laman & a small number of men which was appointed to go with him. & it came to pass that when it was evening Laman went to the guards which were over the Nephites & behold they saw him coming & they hailed him but he sayeth unto them fear not behold I am a Lamanite behold we have escaped from the Nephites & they sleepeth & behold <​behold​> we have took of their wine & brought with us now when the Lamanites heard these words they received him with joy & they said unto him give us of your wine that we may drink we are glad that ye have thus taken wine with you for we are weary but Laman sayeth unto them let us keep of our wine till we go against the Nephites to Battle but this saying only made them more desireous to drink of the wine for said they were are weary therefore let us take of the wine & by & by we shall receive wine for our rations which will strengthen us to go against the Nephites & Laman sayeth unto them you may do according to your desires <​desires​> & it came to pass that they did take of the wine freely & it was pleasant to the taste therefore they took of it more freely & it was strong having been prepared in its strength & it came to pass they did drink & were merry [p. 307]
as you & if it so be that there is a Devil & a Hell behold will he not send you there to dwell with my brother which ye have murdered which ye have hinted that he hath gone to such a place but behold these things mattereth not I am Ammoron & a desendant of Zoram whom your fathers pressed & brought out of Jerusalem & behold now I am a bold Lamanite behold this war hath been wadged to avenge their wrongs & to maintain & to obtain their rights to the goverment & I close my Epistle to Moroni now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this Epistle he was more angry because he knew that Ammoron had a perfect knowledge of his fraud yea he knew that Ammoron knew that it was not a just cause that had caused him to wedge a war against the people of Nephi & he said behold I will not exchange prisoners with Ammoron save he will withdraw his purpose as I have stated in my Epistle for I will not grant unto him that he shall have any more power than what he hath got behold I know the place where the Lamanites doth guard my people which they have taken prisoners & as Ammoron would not grant unto me mine Epistle behold I will give unto him according to my words yea I will seek death among them until they shall sue por peace & now it came to pass that when Moroni had said these words he caused that a search should be made among his men that perhaps he might find a man which was a desendant of Laman among them & it came to pass that they found one whose name was Laman & he was one of the servants of the King which was murdered by Amalickiah now Moroni caused that Laman & a small number of his men should go forth unto the guards which were over the Nephites now the Nephites were guarded in the city of Gid therefore Moroni caused that Laman & a small number of men which was appointed to go with him. & it came to pass that when it was evening Laman went to the guards which were over the Nephites & behold they saw him coming & they hailed him but he sayeth unto them fear not behold I am a Lamanite behold we have escaped from the Nephites & they sleepeth & behold we have took of their wine & brought with us now when the Lamanites heard these words they received him with joy & they said unto him give us of your wine that we may drink we are glad that ye have thus taken wine with you for we are weary but Laman sayeth unto them let us keep of our wine till we go against the Nephites to Battle but this saying only made them more desireous to drink of the wine for said they were are weary therefore let us take of the wine & by & by we shall receive wine for our rations which will strengthen us to go against the Nephites & Laman sayeth unto them you may do according to your desires & it came to pass that they did take of the wine freely & it was pleasant to the taste therefore they took of it more freely & it was strong having been prepared in its strength & it came to pass they did drink & were merry [p. 307]
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