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

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liberty yea ye do stand well as if ye were supported by the hand of God in the defence of your liberty & your property & your country or that which ye call so & it seemeth a pity unto me most noble Lachoneas that ye should be so foolish & vain as to suppose that ye can stand against so many brave men which are at my command which do now at this time stand in their arms & do await with great anxiety for the word go down upon the Nephites & destroy them & I knowing their unconquerable spirit having proved them in the field of battle & knowing of their everlasting hatred towards you because of their many wrongs which ye have done unto them therefore if they should come down against you they would visit you with utter destruction therefore I have wrote this Epistle Sealing it with mine own hand feeling for your wellfare because of your firmness in that which ye believe to be right & your noble spirit in the field of battle therefore I write unto you desireing that ye would yield up up unto this my people your cities your lands & your possessions rather than that they should visit you with the sword & that destruction should come upon you or in other words yield yourselves up unto us & unite with us & become acquainted with our secret works & become our brethren that ye may be like unto us not our slaves but our brethren & partners of all our substance & behold I swear unto you if ye will do this with an out <​oath​> ye shall not be destroyed but if ye will not do this I swear unto you with an oath that on the morrow month <​month​> I will command that my armies shall come down against you & they shall not stay their hand & shall spare not but shall slay you & shall let fall the sword upon you yea even until ye shall become extinct & behold I am Giddianhi & am the governor of this secret society of Gadianton & which secrecy <​society​> & the works thereof I know to be good & there they are of ancient date & they have been handed down unto us & I write this Epistle unto you Lachoneus & I hope that ye will deliver up your lands & your possessions without the sheding of blood that this my people may recover their rights & goverment which have dissented away from you because of your wickedness in retaining from them their rights of goverment & except ye do this I will avenge their wrongs I am Giddianhi And now it came to pass when Lachoneus received this Epistle he was excedingly astonished because of the boldness of Giddianhi in demanding the possession of the land of the Nephites & also of threatning the people & avenging the wrongs of those that had received no wrong save it were they had wronged themselves by desenting away unto those wicked & abominable robbers & now behold this Lachoneus the governor was a Just <​just​> man & could not be frightened by the demands of the threatnings of a robber therefore he did not hearken to the Epistle of Giddianhi the governor of the robbers but he did cause that his people should cry unto the Lord against <​for strength​> for strength against the time that the robbers should come down against them yea he sent a proclamation among all the people that they should gather to gether [p. 367]
liberty yea ye do stand well as if ye were supported by the hand of God in the defence of your liberty & your property & your country or that which ye call so & it seemeth a pity unto me most noble Lachoneas that ye should be so foolish & vain as to suppose that ye can stand against so many brave men which are at my command which do now at this time stand in their arms & do await with great anxiety for the word go down upon the Nephites & destroy them & I knowing their unconquerable spirit having proved them in the field of battle & knowing of their everlasting hatred towards you because of their many wrongs which ye have done unto them therefore if they should come down against you they would visit you with utter destruction therefore I have wrote this Epistle Sealing it with mine own hand feeling for your wellfare because of your firmness in that which ye believe to be right & your noble spirit in the field of battle therefore I write unto you desireing that ye would yield up unto this my people your cities your lands & your possessions rather than that they should visit you with the sword & that destruction should come upon you or in other words yield yourselves up unto us & unite with us & become acquainted with our secret works & become our brethren that ye may be like unto us not our slaves but our brethren & partners of all our substance & behold I swear unto you if ye will do this with an oath ye shall not be destroyed but if ye will not do this I swear unto you with an oath that on the morrow month I will command that my armies shall come down against you & they shall not stay their hand & shall spare not but shall slay you & shall let fall the sword upon you yea even until ye shall become extinct & behold I am Giddianhi & am the governor of this secret society of Gadianton which society & the works thereof I know to be good & they are of ancient date & they have been handed down unto us & I write this Epistle unto you Lachoneus & I hope that ye will deliver up your lands & your possessions without the sheding of blood that this my people may recover their rights & goverment which have dissented away from you because of your wickedness in retaining from them their rights of goverment & except ye do this I will avenge their wrongs I am Giddianhi And now it came to pass when Lachoneus received this Epistle he was excedingly astonished because of the boldness of Giddianhi in demanding the possession of the land of the Nephites & also of threatning the people & avenging the wrongs of those that had received no wrong save it were they had wronged themselves by desenting away unto those wicked & abominable robbers & now behold this Lachoneus the governor was a just man & could not be frightened by the demands of the threatnings of a robber therefore he did not hearken to the Epistle of Giddianhi the governor of the robbers but he did cause that his people should cry unto the Lord for strength against the time that the robbers should come down against them yea he sent a proclamation among all the people that they should gather to gether [p. 367]
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