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

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that they had not kept sufficient guards in the land of Zarahemla for they had supposed that the Lamanites dearst not come into the heart of their lands to & attackt that great City Zarahemla but it came to pass that Coriantumr did march forth at the head of his numerous host & came upon the inhabitants of the City & their march was with such exceding great speed that there was no time for the Nephites to gather together their armies therefore Coriantumr did cut down the watch by the enterance of the City & did march forth with his whole army into the city & they did slay every one who did oppose them insomuch that they did take possession of the whole city & it came to pass that Pacumeni which was the chief Judge did flee before Coriantumr even to the walls of the city & it came to pass that Coriantumr did smite him against the wall insomuch that he died & thus ended the days of Pacumeni & now when Coriantumr saw that he was in possession of the city <​of​> Zarahemla & saw that the Nephites had fled before them & were slain & were taken & were cast into prison & that he had obtained the possession of the strongest hold in all the land his he heart took courage insomuch that he was about to go forth against all the land & now he did not tarry in the land of Zarahemla but he did march forth with a large army even towards the city of Bountiful for it was his determination to go forth & cut his way through with the sword that he might obtain the North parts of the land & supposing that their greatest strength was in the centre of the land therefore he did march forth giving them no time to assemble themselves together save it were in small bodies & in this manner they did fall upon them & cut them down to the earth but behold this march of Coriantumr through the centre of the land gave Moronihah great advantage over <​over​> them notwithstanding the greatness of the number of the Nephites which were slain for behold Moronihah had supposed that the Lamanites dearst not come into the centre of the land but that they would attack the cities round about in the borders as they had hitherto done therefore Moronihah had caused that their strong armies should maintain those parts round about by the borders but behold the Lamanites were not frightened according to his desire but they had come into the centre of the land & had taken the capital City which was the city of Zarahemla & were marching through the most capital parts of the land slaying the people with a great slaughter both men women & children taking possession of many Cities & of many strong holds but when Moronihah had discovered this he immediately sent fortt Lehi with an army round about to head them before they should come to the land Bountiful [p. 332]
that they had not kept sufficient guards in the land of Zarahemla for they had supposed that the Lamanites dearst not come into the heart of their lands & attackt that great City Zarahemla but it came to pass that Coriantumr did march forth at the head of his numerous host & came upon the inhabitants of the City & their march was with such exceding great speed that there was no time for the Nephites to gather together their armies therefore Coriantumr did cut down the watch by the enterance of the City & did march forth with his whole army into the city & they did slay every one who did oppose them insomuch that they did take possession of the whole city & it came to pass that Pacumeni which was the chief Judge did flee before Coriantumr even to the walls of the city & it came to pass that Coriantumr did smite him against the wall insomuch that he died & thus ended the days of Pacumeni & now when Coriantumr saw that he was in possession of the city of Zarahemla & saw that the Nephites had fled before them & were slain & were taken & were cast into prison & that he had obtained the possession of the strongest hold in all the land his heart took courage insomuch that he was about to go forth against all the land & now he did not tarry in the land of Zarahemla but he did march forth with a large army even towards the city of Bountiful for it was his determination to go forth & cut his way through with the sword that he might obtain the North parts of the land & supposing that their greatest strength was in the centre of the land therefore he did march forth giving them no time to assemble themselves together save it were in small bodies & in this manner they did fall upon them & cut them down to the earth but behold this march of Coriantumr through the centre of the land gave Moronihah great advantage over them notwithstanding the greatness of the number of the Nephites which were slain for behold Moronihah had supposed that the Lamanites dearst not come into the centre of the land but that they would attack the cities round about in the borders as they had hitherto done therefore Moronihah had caused that their strong armies should maintain those parts round about by the borders but behold the Lamanites were not frightened according to his desire but they had come into the centre of the land & had taken the capital City which was the city of Zarahemla & were marching through the most capital parts of the land slaying the people with a great slaughter both men women & children taking possession of many Cities & of many strong holds but when Moronihah had discovered this he immediately sent fortt Lehi with an army round about to head them before they should come to the land Bountiful [p. 332]
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