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

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have fled to the land of Gideon with as many men as it were possible that I could get & behold I have sent a proclamation throughout this part of the land & behold they are flocking to us daily to their arms in the defence of their country & their freedom & to avenge our wrongs & they have come unto us insomuch that those which have rose up in rebellion against us are set at defiance yea insomuch that they do fear us & dearst not come out to battle against us to battle they have got provision of the land of the city of Zarahemla they have appointed a King over them & he hath written unto the king of the Lamanites in the which he hath joined an allyance with him in the which allyance he hath agreed to maintain the City of Zarahemla in the which maintainance he supposeth will enable the Lamanites to conquer the remainder of the land & he shall be plased King over this people when they shall be conquered under the Lamanites & now in your Epistle ye hath sensured me but it mattereth not I am not angry but do rejoice in the greatness of your heart I Pahoron do not seek for power save only to retain my Judgment seat that I may preserve the rights & the liberty of my people my soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God hath made me free & now behold we will resist wickedness even unto bloodshed we would not shed the blood of the Lamanites if they would stay in their own land we would not shed the blood of our brethren if they would not rise up in rebellion & take the sword against us we would subject ourselves to the yoke of bondage if it were requisite with the Justice of God or if he should command us so to do but behold he doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies but that we should put our trust in him & he will deliver us therefore my beloved Brother Moroni let us resist evil & whatsoever evil we cannot resist with our words yea such as rebellions & dissensions let us resist them with our swords that we may retain our freedom that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church & in the cause of our redeemer & our God therefore come unto me speedily with a few of your men & leave the remainder in the charge of Lehi & Teancum give unto them power to conduct the war in that part of the land according to the pirit of God which is also the spirit of freedom which is in them behold I have sent a few provisions unto them that they may not perish until ye can come unto me gather together whatsoever force ye can upon your march hither & we will go <​speedily​> against those dissenters in the strength of our God according to [p. 324]
have fled to the land of Gideon with as many men as it were possible that I could get & behold I have sent a proclamation throughout this part of the land & behold they are flocking to us daily to their arms in the defence of their country & their freedom & to avenge our wrongs & they have come unto us insomuch that those which have rose up in rebellion against us are set at defiance yea insomuch that they do fear us & dearst not come out against us to battle they have got provision of the land of the city of Zarahemla they have appointed a King over them & he hath written unto the king of the Lamanites in the which he hath joined an allyance with him in the which allyance he hath agreed to maintain the City of Zarahemla in the which maintainance he supposeth will enable the Lamanites to conquer the remainder of the land & he shall be plased King over this people when they shall be conquered under the Lamanites & now in your Epistle ye hath sensured me but it mattereth not I am not angry but do rejoice in the greatness of your heart I Pahoron do not seek for power save only to retain my Judgment seat that I may preserve the rights & the liberty of my people my soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God hath made me free & now behold we will resist wickedness even unto bloodshed we would not shed the blood of the Lamanites if they would stay in their own land we would not shed the blood of our brethren if they would not rise up in rebellion & take the sword against us we would subject ourselves to the yoke of bondage if it were requisite with the Justice of God or if he should command us so to do but behold he doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies but that we should put our trust in him & he will deliver us therefore my beloved Brother Moroni let us resist evil & whatsoever evil we cannot resist with our words yea such as rebellions & dissensions let us resist them with our swords that we may retain our freedom that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church & in the cause of our redeemer & our God therefore come unto me speedily with a few of your men & leave the remainder in the charge of Lehi & Teancum give unto them power to conduct the war in that part of the land according to the pirit of God which is also the spirit of freedom which is in them behold I have sent a few provisions unto them that they may not perish until ye can come unto me gather together whatsoever force ye can upon your march hither & we will go speedily against those dissenters in the strength of our God according to [p. 324]
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