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

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did begin to slay them with an exceding great slaughter & their armies were so numerous that the remainder of the people of Nephihah were oblidged to flee before them & they came even & joined the army of Moroni & now as Moroni had supposed that there should be men sent to the city of Nephihah to the assistance of the people to maintain that city & knowing that it was easier to keep the City from falling into the hands of the Lamanites he supposed that they would easily maintain that city therefore he retained all his force to maintain those cities places which he had recovered & now when Moroni saw that the city of Nephihah was lost he was exceding sorrowful & began to fear lest because of the wickedness of the people whether they should not fall into the hands of their brethren now this was the case with all his chief captains that doubted & marveled also because of the wickedness of the people & this because of the success of the Lamanites over them & it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the goverment because of the <​their​> indifferance concerning the freedom of their country & it came to pass that he wrote again to the govornor of the land which was Pahoran & these are the words which he wrote saying behold I direct mine Epistle to Pahoran in the city of Zarahemla which is the chief Judge & the govornor over the land & also to all those who hath been chosen by this people to govorn & manage the affairs of this war for behold I have somewhat to say unto them by the way of condemnation for behold ye yourselves know that ye have been appointed by <​to​> gather together men & arm them with swords & with simitars & all manner of weapons of war & <​of​> every kind & send forth against the Lamanites in whatsoever parts they should come into our land & now behold I say unto you that myself & also my men & also Helaman & his men have suffered exceding great sufferings yea even hunger thirst & fateague & all manner of afflictions of every kind but behold were this all we had suffered we would not murmur nor complain but behold great has been the slaughter among the people yea thousands have fallen by the sword while it might have otherwise been if ye had rendered unto our armies sufficient strength & succour for them yea great has been your neglect towards us & now behold we desire to know the cause of this exceding great neglect yea we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you yea while thy are murdering thousands of your brethren yea even they which have looked up to you for protection yea have plased you in a situation that ye might have succoured them yea ye might have sent armies unto them to have strengthened them & have saved thousands of them from falling [p. 320]
did begin to slay them with an exceding great slaughter & their armies were so numerous that the remainder of the people of Nephihah were oblidged to flee before them & they came even & joined the army of Moroni & now as Moroni had supposed that there should be men sent to the city of Nephihah to the assistance of the people to maintain that city & knowing that it was easier to keep the City from falling into the hands of the Lamanites he supposed that they would easily maintain that city therefore he retained all his force to maintain those places which he had recovered & now when Moroni saw that the city of Nephihah was lost he was exceding sorrowful & began to fear lest because of the wickedness of the people whether they should not fall into the hands of their brethren now this was the case with all his chief captains that doubted & marveled also because of the wickedness of the people & this because of the success of the Lamanites over them & it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the goverment because of their indifferance concerning the freedom of their country & it came to pass that he wrote again to the govornor of the land which was Pahoran & these are the words which he wrote saying behold I direct mine Epistle to Pahoran in the city of Zarahemla which is the chief Judge & the govornor over the land & also to all those who hath been chosen by this people to govorn & manage the affairs of this war for behold I have somewhat to say unto them by the way of condemnation for behold ye yourselves know that ye have been appointed to gather together men & arm them with swords & with simitars & all manner of weapons of war of every kind & send forth against the Lamanites in whatsoever parts they should come into our land & now behold I say unto you that myself & also my men & also Helaman & his men have suffered exceding great sufferings yea even hunger thirst & fateague & all manner of afflictions of every kind but behold were this all we had suffered we would not murmur nor complain but behold great has been the slaughter among the people yea thousands have fallen by the sword while it might have otherwise been if ye had rendered unto our armies sufficient strength & succour for them yea great has been your neglect towards us & now behold we desire to know the cause of this exceding great neglect yea we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you yea while thy are murdering thousands of your brethren yea even they which have looked up to you for protection yea have plased you in a situation that ye might have succoured them yea ye might have sent armies unto them to have strengthened them & have saved thousands of them from falling [p. 320]
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