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

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we have to mourn nevertheless we may console ourselves in this point that they have died in the cause of their country & <​of​> their God yea & they are hapy & the Lamanites had also retained many prisoners whom are chief Captains for none other have they spared alive <​&​> we suppose <​<​that​> they are​> now at this time in the land of Nephi it is so if they are not slain & now these are the cities which the Lamanites have obtained possession by the sheding of the blood of so many of our valiant men <​the​> the land of Manti or the city of Manti & the city <​of​> Zeezrum <​&​> the city of Cumeni & the city of Antiparah & these are the cities which they possessed when I arived to <​at​> the city of Judeah & I found Antipus & his men toiling with their mights to fortify the city <​yea​> & they were depressed in body as well as in spirit for they had fought valiantly by day & toiled by night to maintain their cities & thus they had suffered great afflictions of every kind & now they were determined to conquer in this place or die therefore you may well suppose that this little force which I brought with me yea those Sons of mine gave them great hopes & much joy & now it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that Antipus had received a greater strength to his army they were compelled by the orders of Ammoron to not come against the city of Judeah or against us to battle & thus were we favoured of the Lord for had they came upon us in this our weakness they might have <​have​> perhaps destroyed our little army but thus were we preserved they were commanded by Ammoron to maintain those cities which they had taken & thus ended the twenty & sixth year & in the commencement of the twenty & seventh year we had prepared our City & ourselves for defence now we were desireous that the Lamanites should come upon us for we were not desireous to make an attackt upon them in their strong holds & it came to pass that we kept spies out round about to watch the movements of the Lamanites that they might not pass us by night nor by day to make an attackt upon our other cities which were on the northward for we knew in those Cities they were not sufficiently strong to meet them therefore we were desireous if they should pass by us to fall upon them in their rear & thus bring them up in the rear at the same time they were met in the front we suppossed that we could overpower them but behold we were disappointed in this our desire they dearst not pass by us with their whole army neither dearst they with a part lest they should not be sufficiently strong & they [p. 310]
we have to mourn nevertheless we may console ourselves in this point that they have died in the cause of their country & of their God yea & they are hapy & the Lamanites had also retained many prisoners whom are chief Captains for none other have they spared alive & we suppose that they are now at this time in the land of Nephi it is so if they are not slain & now these are the cities which the Lamanites have obtained possession by the sheding of the blood of so many of our valiant men the land of Manti or the city of Manti & the city of Zeezrum & the city of Cumeni & the city of Antiparah & these are the cities which they possessed when I arived at the city of Judeah & I found Antipus & his men toiling with their mights to fortify the city yea & they were depressed in body as well as in spirit for they had fought valiantly by day & toiled by night to maintain their cities & thus they had suffered great afflictions of every kind & now they were determined to conquer in this place or die therefore you may well suppose that this little force which I brought with me yea those Sons of mine gave them great hopes & much joy & now it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that Antipus had received a greater strength to his army they were compelled by the orders of Ammoron to not come against the city of Judeah or against us to battle & thus were we favoured of the Lord for had they came upon us in this our weakness they might have perhaps destroyed our little army but thus were we preserved they were commanded by Ammoron to maintain those cities which they had taken & thus ended the twenty & sixth year & in the commencement of the twenty & seventh year we had prepared our City & ourselves for defence now we were desireous that the Lamanites should come upon us for we were not desireous to make an attackt upon them in their strong holds & it came to pass that we kept spies out round about to watch the movements of the Lamanites that they might not pass us by night nor by day to make an attackt upon our other cities which were on the northward for we knew in those Cities they were not sufficiently strong to meet them therefore we were desireous if they should pass by us to fall upon them in their rear & thus bring them up in the rear at the same time they were met in the front we suppossed that we could overpower them but behold we were disappointed in this our desire they dearst not pass by us with their whole army neither dearst they with a part lest they should not be sufficiently strong & they [p. 310]
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