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

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& many times did they attempt to administer of their wine to the Nephites that they might destroy them with poison or with drunkeness but behold the Nephiites were not slow to remember the Lord their God in this their times of affliction these they could not be taken in their snares yea they would not partake of their wine yea they would not take of wine save they had firstly given to some of the Lamanite prisoners & they were thus cautious that no poison should be administered among then for if their wine would poison a Lamanite it would also poison a Nephite & thus they did try all their liquers & now it came to pass that it was expediant for Moroni to make preperations to attackt the city Morianton for behold the Lamanites had by their labours fortified the city Morionton until it had become an exceding strong hold & they were continually bringing new forces into that City & asls <​also​> new supplies of provisions & thus ended the twenty & ninth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi
Alma, Chapter 26 [Alma 56–58]
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And now it came to pass in the commencement of the thirtieth year of the reign of the Judges in the second day of <​on​> the first Month Moroni received an Epistle from Helaman stating the affairs of the people in that quarter of the land & these are the words which he wrote saying My dearly beloved Brother Moroni as was <​well​> in the Lord as in <​the​> tribullations of our warfare behold my beloved Brother I have some what to tell you concerning our warfare in this part of the land behold two thousand of the Sons of those men which Ammon brought down out of the land of Nephi now ye have known that these were a desendant of Laman wh◊◊h was the eldest Son of our father Lehi now I need not rehearse unto you concerning their tradition<​s​> or their unbelief for thou knowest concerning all these things therefore it supposeth me that I tell you that two thousand of these young men hath taken their weapons of war & would that I should be their leader & we have come forth to defend our Country & now ye also know concerning the covenant which their fathers made that they would not take up their weapons of war against their brethren to shed blood but in the twenty & sixth year when they saw our afflictions & our tribullations for them they were about to brake the covenant which they had made & take up their weapons of war in our defence but I would not suffer them that they should brake this covenant which they had made supposeing that God would strengthen us insomuch that we should not suffer more because of the fulfilling the oath which they had taken but behold here is one thing in which we may have great joy for behold in the twenty & sixth year I Helaman did march at the head of these two thousand young men to the City of Judeah to assist Antipus whom ye had appointed a leader over the people of that part of the land & I did join my two thousand Sons <​for they are worthy to be called Sons​> to the army of Antipus in the which strength Antipus did rejoice excedingly for behold his army had been redused by the Lamanites because of the numerority of their forces having slain a vast number of our men for which cause [p. 309]
& many times did they attempt to administer of their wine to the Nephites that they might destroy them with poison or with drunkeness but behold the Nephiites were not slow to remember the Lord their God in this their times of affliction they could not be taken in their snares yea they would not partake of their wine yea they would not take of wine save they had firstly given to some of the Lamanite prisoners & they were thus cautious that no poison should be administered among then for if their wine would poison a Lamanite it would also poison a Nephite & thus they did try all their liquers & now it came to pass that it was expediant for Moroni to make preperations to attackt the city Morianton for behold the Lamanites had by their labours fortified the city Morionton until it had become an exceding strong hold & they were continually bringing new forces into that City & also new supplies of provisions & thus ended the twenty & ninth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi
Alma, Chapter 26 [Alma 56–58]
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And now it came to pass in the commencement of the thirtieth year of the reign of the Judges in the second day on the first Month Moroni received an Epistle from Helaman stating the affairs of the people in that quarter of the land & these are the words which he wrote saying My dearly beloved Brother Moroni as well in the Lord as in the tribullations of our warfare behold my beloved Brother I have some what to tell you concerning our warfare in this part of the land behold two thousand of the Sons of those men which Ammon brought down out of the land of Nephi now ye have known that these were a desendant of Laman whh was the eldest Son of our father Lehi now I need not rehearse unto you concerning their traditions or their unbelief for thou knowest concerning all these things therefore it supposeth me that I tell you that two thousand of these young men hath taken their weapons of war & would that I should be their leader & we have come forth to defend our Country & now ye also know concerning the covenant which their fathers made that they would not take up their weapons of war against their brethren to shed blood but in the twenty & sixth year when they saw our afflictions & our tribullations for them they were about to brake the covenant which they had made & take up their weapons of war in our defence but I would not suffer them that they should brake this covenant which they had made supposeing that God would strengthen us insomuch that we should not suffer more because of the fulfilling the oath which they had taken but behold here is one thing in which we may have great joy for behold in the twenty & sixth year I Helaman did march at the head of these two thousand young men to the City of Judeah to assist Antipus whom ye had appointed a leader over the people of that part of the land & I did join my two thousand Sons for they are worthy to be called Sons to the army of Antipus in the which strength Antipus did rejoice excedingly for behold his army had been redused by the Lamanites because of the numerority of their forces having slain a vast number of our men for which cause [p. 309]
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