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

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destroy them & did take possession of the city now this was done because the Lamanites did suppose <​suffer​> their whole army save a few guards to be lead away into the wilderness & it came to pass that Gid & Teomner by this means had obtained possession of their City <​strong​> hold & it came to pass that we took our course after trav <​having​> traveled much in the wilderness towards the land of Zarahemla & when the Lamanites saw that they were marching towards the land of Zarahemla they were exceding fraid lest there was a plan laid to lead them on to destruction therefore they began to retreat back <​into​> the wilderness again yea even back by the same way which they had came & behold it was night & they did pitch their tents for the chief captains of the Lamanites & supposeing that the Nephites were weary becase of their march & supposing that they had driven their whole army therefore they took no thought concerning the city of Manti now it came to pass that when it was night that I caused <​that​> my men should not sleep but that they should march forward by another way towards the land of Manti & because of this our march in the night time behold on the morrow we were beyond the Lamanites insomuch that we did arive before them to the city of Manti & thus it came to pass that by this stratigem we did take possession of the city of Manti without the sheding of blood & it came to pass that when the armies of the Lamanites did arive near the city & saw that we were prepared to meet them they were astonished excedingly & struck with great fear insomuch that they did flee into the wilderness yea & it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did flee out of all this quarter of the land but behold they have carried with them many of our women & children out of the land & the cities <​which had been taken by the Lamanites​> which had been taken by the Lamanites all of them are at this period of time in our possession & <​our​> fathers & our women & our children are returning to their homes all save it be those which have been taken prisoners & carried off by the Lamanites but behold our armies are small to maintain so great a number of Cities & so great possessions but behold we trust that our God who hath given us victory over those lands insomuch that we have obtained those Cities & those lands which were our own no we do not know the cause that the goverment does not grant us more strength neither does those men which came up unto us know why we have not received greater strength behold we do not know but what ye are unsuccessful & ye have drawn away the forces into that quarter of the land if so we do not desire to murmur <​&​> if it is not so behold we fear that there is some farction in the govorment that they do not send <​send​> more men to our assistance for we know that they are more numerous than that which they have sent but behold it mattereth not we trust God will deliver us [p. 318]
destroy them & did take possession of the city now this was done because the Lamanites did suffer their whole army save a few guards to be lead away into the wilderness & it came to pass that Gid & Teomner by this means had obtained possession of their strong hold & it came to pass that we took our course after having traveled much in the wilderness towards the land of Zarahemla & when the Lamanites saw that they were marching towards the land of Zarahemla they were exceding fraid lest there was a plan laid to lead them on to destruction therefore they began to retreat into the wilderness again yea even back by the same way which they had came & behold it was night & they did pitch their tents for the chief captains of the Lamanites & supposeing that the Nephites were weary becase of their march & supposing that they had driven their whole army therefore they took no thought concerning the city of Manti now it came to pass that when it was night that I caused that my men should not sleep but that they should march forward by another way towards the land of Manti & because of this our march in the night time behold on the morrow we were beyond the Lamanites insomuch that we did arive before them to the city of Manti & thus it came to pass that by this stratigem we did take possession of the city of Manti without the sheding of blood & it came to pass that when the armies of the Lamanites did arive near the city & saw that we were prepared to meet them they were astonished excedingly & struck with great fear insomuch that they did flee into the wilderness yea & it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did flee out of all this quarter of the land but behold they have carried with them many women & children out of the land & the cities which had been taken by the Lamanites all of them are at this period of time in our possession & our fathers & our women & our children are returning to their homes all save it be those which have been taken prisoners & carried off by the Lamanites but behold our armies are small to maintain so great a number of Cities & so great possessions but behold we trust that our God who hath given us victory over those lands insomuch that we have obtained those Cities & those lands which were our own no we do not know the cause that the goverment does not grant us more strength neither does those men which came up unto us know why we have not received greater strength behold we do not know but what ye are unsuccessful & ye have drawn away the forces into that quarter of the land if so we do not desire to murmur & if it is not so behold we fear that there is some farction in the govorment that they do not send more men to our assistance for we know that they are more numerous than that which they have sent but behold it mattereth not we trust God will deliver us [p. 318]
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