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For published editions of the text see: The Writings of Solomon Spalding
Solomon Spalding, Sage of the Saga   |   The Conneaut Witnesses



Oberlin MS: Front Cover

Oberlin MS: Sample Page


 

The Oberlin Spalding Manuscript
An Overview by Dale R. Broadhurst


The manuscript on file in the Oberlin College Archives and cataloged under the author's name of "Spaulding, Solomon (1761-1816), is a verfied holograph of the Rev. Solomon Spalding. It was almost certainly written by him in Ashtabula county, Ohio during the second half of the year 1812. The document shows signs of having been re-written from an earlier draft and it is possible that Spalding wrote that first draft as early as 1811. It is also possible that the Oberlin Spalding manuscript is a re-write of the draft written in Ohio, but that it was actually written down after Solomon Spalding moved to Pittsburgh during the fall of 1812. Thus, its provenance is Ohio or Pennsylvania, c. 1811-13.

Dr. Kent P. Jackson describes the document in the "Editor's Introduction" to his 1996 book, Manuscript Found: The Complete Original "Spaulding Manuscript": "It consists of eighty-four almost equally sized sheets of paper, ca. 16.4 by 20.2 cm in dimension. Aside from the first sheets, which evidence some faded ink and deterioration of paper... the manuscript is in a good state of preservation. Today it is bound in a red leather cover, which was applied sometime in the twentieth century. The ink ranges from light brown to very dark brown or black."

Charles. M. Hyde, D. D., of Honolulu, examined the manuscript in Hawaii in 1884, before it was sent to Oberlin, and said, "The paper on which the manuscript was written is of poor quality, yellowed and softened by age, six and a half inches wide by eight inches long. One hundred and seventy-one pages are numbered and written out in full, but the threads which kept them together are broken, and pages 133 and 134 are missing. On the back of page 132 is the beginning of a letter in different handwriting." Hyde also added: "On the last leaf is written: "The Writings of Solomon Spalding. Proved by Aron Wright, Oliver Smith, John Miller and others. The testimonies of the above gentlemen are now in my possession. D. P. Hurlbut."





The last page of Spalding's Oberlin manuscript (on the left), together with his undated
draft letter (on the right) -- this undated letter adds 4 pages to the bound volume).
Letter: page 2 (bound first), page 1 (bound second), page 4 (bound last)





 
D. P. Hurlbut's Certificate

External evidence points to D. P. Hurlbut having written in his certificate on the final page of the original manuscript on or about Dec. 31, 1833. At this time he is known to have visited with Aaron Wright in Conneaut and could have easily traveled from Wright's store to Henry Lake's inn, also located in the same village. The residences of Oliver Smith and John N. Miller were just across the Pennsylvania line, about 6 miles and 8 miles respectively, from Conneaut. Since the certificate does not name John and Martha Spalding, it seems unlikely that Hurlbut showed them his discovery. Artemas Cunningham did not live in Conneaut and Dr. Nahum Howard may have been unavailable when Hurlbut re-visited that p;ace.
 


An Early Description of the Manuscript

Writing from Oberlin College on July 15, 1885, RLDS Apostle Edmund L. Kelley described the manuscript he saw there as being "old and getting much worn; the outside leaves being in places thumbed and pinched to such an extent as to make it necessary, in a few instances, to supply words from the evident connections.... The manuscript contains 165 pages, and between forty-five thousand and fifty thousand words." Edmund's brother William H. Kelley accompanied him to Oberlin and, on July 23, 1885, added these comments to his brother's previous description: "Yesterday, in company with E. L., I... had the pleasure of examining the famed old Spaulding Manuscript... It has an antiquated appearance; leaves soiled by use and torn in places, and has a smoked, rusty appearance. The paper is thicker than ordinary writing paper now in use, and is not ruled. Water marks are easily traced upon it. The leaves are six and one half inches wide and eight long, and are closely written on both sides in an old fashioned cramped hand. The manuscript when lying loose on the table, measures three-fourths of an inch in thickness. A few leaves were stitched together with linen thread, thus forming them into little sections, or books, easy to handle. Take a sheet of paper thirteen inches wide and sixteen inches long, double twice, so as to leave it six and a half by eight inches, and you have the precise manner of the arrangement of the paper for use. I counted eighty-seven sheets in all. Some are missing. On the large wrapper enveloping the manuscript, the following is found written with lead pencil, "Manuscript Story. Conneaut Creek." It is known that writing done with lead pencil will remain legible for years. This wrapping paper, however, looks to be a little more modern in its make up than the manuscript paper, but shows age. It is of good consistency, and is a good, durable, buff colored wrapping paper. The most probable thing is, that this wrapper was put around the "Manuscript Story" by D. P. Hurlbut when he procured it from Mrs. Davison [in 1833]..."




Preserved section of wrapping paper bound with Oberlin MS



 
The Title on the Wrapper

Although RLDS Apostle William H. Kelley said in 1885, "It is known that writing done with lead pencil will remain legible for years," the penciled handwriting on the preserved wrapper of the Oberlin manuscript is today very faded and barely visible. Probably in extended spectrum photography the lettering could be made a little more readable than is indicated (with a broken purple line) in the above graphic. An alternate possible spelling for the creek name is "Conneaght." Since that part of the penciling is today practically invisible, the exact spelling of the creek name on the wrapper is uncertain. An enlargement photo of the penciling has been computer enhanced to show the alternate spelling, but that part of the enhancement is conjectural.

The identity of the writer who penciled in this title on the manuscript's wrapper remains unknown. Lewis L. Rice specifically stated that the writing was not his -- although the title in ink was added by him in 1884. The penmanship bears a superficial resemblance to that of Solomon Spalding, but that identification is by no means certain. A limited number of D. P. Hurlbut handwriting samples exist, including Hurtbut's Dec. 1833 certificate on the last page of the manuscript and his copy of an Aaron Wright letter written down at the same time. A comparison of the penciling to Hurlbut's handwriting appears to indicate only a partial resemblance. Neither D. P. Hurlbut nor Solomon Spalding can be ruled out as the writer on the wrapper. If the writing is Spalding's, that may indicate that he meant to call this particular unfinished work of fiction "Manuscript Story," a title sometimes used to identify the Oberlin document. On the other hand, if the writing belongs to Hurlbut, it might signify that he recovered more than one manuscript of Solomon Spalding's writings in New York in 1833, and that he penciled appropriate titles on each of the "manuscript stories" which fell into his hands. Other possible explanations might just as well be offered. A cursory inspection of the two penciled lines appears to indicate that they may have been written down at two different times, and not altogether, as a single four word descriptive title.



Read about the 1884 discovery of the Spalding Manuscript in Hawaii.







The Dale R. Broadhurst Spalding Papers

Paper #02:
A Transcript of Solomon Spalding's Manuscript




Pending addditional permission from Oberlin College, only short excerpts are available here

 





A  TRANSCRIPT  OF


SOLOMON SPALDING'S

MANUSCRIPT





From Photographs and a Personal Inspection of
the Original Holograph on file at Oberlin College








  Spalding Research Project
Working Paper No. 02

Dale R. Broadhurst
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
April 1980

Rev. 3: January 1999 (e-text)


 




Introduction to the Third Revision


In preparing this electronic text document and transcript that it includes I have chosen not to present any particular information on the manuscript referred to in its title, other than to say that the original holograph is on file in the Oberlin College Archives, Oberlin Ohio, and is there cataloged under works by the author Solomon Spaulding (1761-1816). In my post-1982 references to the author I write his name Spalding, following the spelling he himself used in signing letters and documents.

A generally reliable description of the manuscript is provided in the "Editor's Introduction" to Kent P. Jackson's 1996 Manuscript Found, The Complete Original The only addition I would make to Dr. Jackson's comments is to say that there is a second, one page Spalding holograph on file at Oberlin College along with the manuscript. This sheet of paper has on one side an undated draft letter written by the author and on the other what appears to be a draft agreement in regard to water rights on Spalding's former land in what is now East Conneaut, Ohio. This second document was found interleaved in the manuscript when it was obtained in New York in 1833. The contents of this Spalding holograph are not included in my transcript of the Oberlin manuscript.

My transcript of the Oberlin Spalding manuscript was originally prepared as the second paper in a series of ten reports on the progress and outcomes of my Master's Project research into the Solomon Spalding Authorship Theory for the Book of Mormon. These Spalding Research Project Working Papers (as I termed them) were submitted to my Project Advisor at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Methesco Seminary) in 1981. At the time of this submission certain sections of reports within the set were marked with notes stating that their contents were preliminary data only, and were subject to future corrections. In compiling an html web-document with an electronic text of the transcript I am belatedly fulfilling my old promise to eventually provide some of those corrections.

My original agreement and continuing understanding with the archivists at Oberlin College was that my transcript of the document in their keeping would remain the property of the Oberlin College Archives. In preparing an html version of the electronic text for this transcript I have kept his agreement in mind. Depending upon when and where the reader consults this current revision, its transcription contents will vary from sample excerpts to a reproduction of the entire manuscript. Initially the full contents of "A Transcript of Solomon Spalding's Manuscript, Revision 3: January 1999 (e-text)" will be made available only to the Oberlin College Archives. Any subsequent reproduction or publishing of the document will necessarily be carried out according to the wishes of Archives staff of Oberlin College.

Rather than re-writing my introduction to the January 1998 electronic text for Revision 2 of this document, I have simply appended that information below as "Notes From the Previous Revision." Those notes include the revision history of the current document up to January 1998. The actual content of the transcript pages in the current Revision 3 html format varies only slightly from that provided in the previous revision. I have corrected a few minor mistakes in the former work and have added some html links for web navigation purposes. Except for these changes the transcript texts are essentially identical.

Dale R. Broadhurst
January, 1999


Notes From the Previous Revision

On several occasions in 1979 and 1980 I visited Oberlin College at Oberlin, Ohio and personally inspected the 167 page Solomon Spalding holograph on file in the Archives of the Library. From hand-written and tape-recorded notes taken during those inspections I produced a transcript of that manuscript.

In April of 1980 I compared the text of this hand-written transcript to photographs of the original Oberlin document and prepared a first draft typescript entitled "Spaulding Research Paper No. 2." I then compared this typescript with Oberlin document and finished corrections for the second draft of my paper in May of 1981.

In June of 1995 I had the second draft typescript digitized into a word-processor file for the personal computer. This was done by scanning the typed pages on a high resolution computer image scanner. The scanned images were then processed by optical character recognition software to produce a 320 kilobyte formatted text file entitled mstory1.doc. I first printed this computerized transcript in December of 1994. I compared the printed text with photographs of the Oberlin Spalding manuscript and finished the final draft of this paper in June of 1995. The final formatted text file is entitled mstory2.doc.

The following textual formats and special characters occur in the digitized final draft:
1. Interlinear additions by the author are indicated by superscript or subscript characters.
Example:
This was at a small distance
2. Cross-outs, erasures, and over-written words in the holograph are indicated by overstrike lines set above center on the non-capitalized characters. On the main lines of text these cross-outs are also set in bold type.
Example:
of litera genius & learning
3. Characters which are missing from the holograph due to lacunae, ink blots, etc. are reconstructed and set in single square brackets.
Example:
I was happy in my st[ati]on[s]
4. Characters which cannot be reliably reconstructed are indicated by a line set in single square brackets.
Example:
to the general of our army there [ -- ]
5. In some cases missing or unreadable characters are replaced with conjectural emendations set in double square brackets.
Example:
the loss of every thing they held most [[dear.]]
6. Transcriber's notes are set in double rounded brackets, e.g., {{ }}.


Notes on the Preparation of the Transcript

The final formatted text file (mstory2.doc.) was produced using Microsoft Word for the Macintosh Computer, version 5.1. I have placed copies of this file on a number of 1.44 megabyte IBM formatted computer diskettes. I will donate copies of the diskettes to three or four research libraries, including the Manuscripts Division of the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. Since the Oberlin College Archivist originally granted me that institution's permission to prepare the transcript I strongly advise users of this file (mstory2.doc) not to distribute, sell, duplicate, or alter its contents without written permission from the Archives staff of Oberlin College.

In 1996 I prepared a computer word-processor file based upon the combined texts of the 1885 and 1886 "Manuscript Story" published editions of the Oberlin document. This file is entitled spaldtxt.doc and is also in Macintosh Microsoft Word 5.1 format. I compared this second computer file with my Oberlin Spalding transcript (mstory2.doc) and made a number of corrections to the combined text of the published editions. As this text was not derived directly from the Oberlin document and is not a line-by-line transcript, I offer it as an alternative to interested users who wish to duplicate the file.

I have corrected the spelling and standardized the orthography of the combined 1885 and 1886 texts to produce a result which is generally compatible with the text of 1830 Palmyra edition of The Book of Mormon. This second computerized Spalding text has no line breaks, so its content is easily searchable by most personal computer word-processing programs.

Persons wishing to obtain copies of my corrected, combined 1885-1886 published editions' Spalding text may contact me directly at the following addresses:

e-mail:
dbroadhu@gte.net

postal mail:
892 Kumukoa Street
Hilo, HI 96720


Dale R. Broadhurst
January, 1998



 
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        Chap        Introduction

Near the west Bank of the Coneaught

River there are the remains of an ancient

fort. As I was walking and forming vario[us]

conjectures respecting the character situa-

tuation & numbers of those people, who

far exceeded the present race of Indians in

works of art & inginuety I hapned to tread

on a flat stone. This was at a small distance

from the fort; & it lay on the top of a smal[l]

mound of Earth exactly horizontal -- The

face of it had a singular appearance. I dis-

covered a number of characters which appear-

ed to me to be letters. -- but so much effaced

by the ravages of time, that I could not read

the inscription. With the assistance of a

leaver I raised the stone-- But you

may easily conjecture my astonishment

when I discovered that at its ends & sides it

[r]ested on stones & that it was designed

[[as]] a cover to an artificial cave. -- I found

[[by]] examining that its sides were lined with

[[stones]] built in a connical form with

[[the point]] down -- & that it was abou[t]







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& pay respect to all the commandments

which have been written for your ob

-servance -- Your maker will then be

pleased to see you rejoice in the partici-

pation of his favours & to behold your

faces brighten with the cheering  benign

beams of cheerfulness. --

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An Account of Baska: Chap VIII

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   Among the great & illustrious characters

who have appeared in the world in different

ages as instructors & reformers of mankind,

Baska holds  is intitled to a conspicuous place --

    The place of his nativity is not recorded,

But the first notice which is given of him

is -- his appearance at the great city of Tolanga, which

is situate on the Banks of the Siota River.

He was attended by his wife & two little sons.

The fashion of their garments were different

from the natives -- Their complexion like-

wise was of a [--] little whiter -- They were  Baska

was grave solemn & sedate -- reserved in th his

conversation -- but when he spoke wisdom

proceded from his lips -- & all were ast-

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   Chap.    IX     Gover[m]ent - & money

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The people who were denominated Ohians, were

setled on both sides of the River Ohio -- from & along

the various branches of the River -- The setlements

extended a great distance in the time of

Lobaska -- but how far it is not mentioned -- They

lived in compact viliages or towns -- We might except the cities, To-

-langa on the River Sciota & Gamba on the

which River Kentuck -- These various viliges or towns

formed independ[e]nt Soveranties -- & were governed by

their respective chiefs
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    Excepting the cities of Tolanga & Gamba -- whose

Kings claimed a jurisdiction over an extent of

country of country about one hundred & fifty

miles along the River Ohio & about the same

extent  distance back from the river, the remaining part

of this extensive country was setled in compact

vialiges or towns. & These formed independent

sovereigties & were governed by their respective

chiefs. Freequent bickerings, contentions & wars

took place among these chiefs, which were often at-

tended with pernicious consequences. To remidy these

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-versed a considerable time with Labanco, who appologized

for the conduct of the young prince with great inginuety [ -- ] his

anger abated & he felt a disposition for the restoration of friend-

ship. -- but the indignation & malice of Sambal encreased

with time -- his dark soul thirsted more ardently for revenge

& nothing would satisfy but blood & carnage. He employed

instruments to assist in fanning the sparks of resentment

& blowing them into the flames of war. Not content to re-

present facts as they existed -- & in their true colours -- monstrous

stories were fabricated & put into circulation -- calculated to

excite prejeudice & rouse the resentment of the people against

Elseon & the whole empire of Kentuck. He had recourse to a

class of men, who were denominated prophets & conjurors

to favour his design. -- They had for many ages a com-

manding influence over the minds of a great majority

of the people -- As they pretended to have art of investigating understand the councils &

& designs of the heavenly Hierachy & to have a knowledge of

future events, the people with pleasure listened to their predictions with vast

pleasure -- & thought it impious to question or doubt their fulfil-

ment. A small company of these necromancers or juglers

assembled on the great square of the city & mounted a

stage which was provided for them. -- The citizens attended.

    It was a prodigious concourse of all classes. of citizens The of all

descriptions, both wise & simple, both male & female. -- They

surrounded the stage & were all attention, all anxious to

learn the hiden decrees of Heaven, & the future destinies of

the empire. -- Drofalick their chief prophet extended his arms & cast

up his eyes towards Heaven. Quoth he -- Heaven unfolds her massy

gates & opens to my view a prospect, wide & vast -- The seven sons

of the great Spirit seize their glittering swords & swear these shall not

be sheathed till blood in torrents run & deluge the fair Land of Kentuck

I behold enemies martialing on the celestial plain -- & hear warriors

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rage & fury his warriors maintained the conflict & redubled

their efforts in spreading death & carnage -- Even The mighty

Sambal trembled at the slaughter of his subjects warriors & began

to dispair of victory -- he began to fearing that his intended revenge was

turning upon his own head. -- During this slaughter of Sambals

forces Hanuck was engaged in battle with Habelan King of

Chiauga -- No part of the war raged with a more equal balance --

Warriors met warriors with such equal strength & courage that

it was impossible to determine on which side was the greatest

slaughter -- even their heroic chiefs prudently avoided a combat

with each other & emploied their swords in overthrowing those

of less distinction. The field was covered with the bodies of

heroes, bismeared with blood, which was spread thick on every

side. -- In the mean time Hamul & Taboon who led on

the other reserved bands of the Kentucks were fircely enga-

ged in spreading the war thro' the ranks of the sciotans -- Hamul

compelled to the division commanded by Sabamah to fall back,

but still they faught, as they slowly retreated -- & being reinfor-

ced by a body of troops in their rear they continued the con-

flict & maintained their position. -- The slaughter was

emence & each party boasted of the most brilliant atchiev-

ments. --

    Taboon made his attack on the division of Ulipoon com-

-manded by Hamelick -- Their Sciotan ranks were broken & they

must have fled in confusion had not Rameck supported them

with his division warlike band -- The contest now became bloody furious --

& equal feats of heroism valour were displaied by contending heroes.

The thirsty earth was overspread with the dead & dying bodies

of thousands & saciated their its thirst by copious draughts of

human blood -- Hamelick himself was slain -- But not

until after his sword was crimsoned with the blood of enimies.

But The dubious war appeared at last determined -- Hambock

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throughout their divisions & endeavored to inspire them

with persevering courage -- But in vain they could not with-

stand the impetuosity, the numbers & strength of their Eni-

mies -- aided by the advantage they had obtained by the

arangement they had made to manage the conflict -- The Sci-

otans began to retreat -- & such was the situation of both armies

that they the Sciotans must have principally have been overthrow & destroyed

if the Kentucks had been permited to continue the havock &

slaughter they had begun. But how often are the most san-

guine expectations disappointed by the decrees of Heaven? -- At

this auful period -- whilst the atmosphere was replete with the

multifarious sounds of the clashing of swords & spears -- the playing melody

of the  martial musick -- the shouts of the conquerors & the shriks &

groans of the dying, even then the heavens were overspread with clouds of

the most sable hue, which had blown from the west -- The

thunders roared tremendously -- & the flashes of Lightning

were incessant, The wind began to blow from the west with great

violence -- the hail poured down from the clouds & was carried

with great velocity full in the faces of the Kentucks -- They

were unable to see their enimy or continue the pursuit. --

   Rambock & his princes immediately ralied their retreating

forces, & facing round encouraged them to fight courrageously

since the great & good Being had miraculously interposed

in their behalf. The Kentuck Army were were unable to

continue the conflict. -- They were obliged in their turn, to re-

-treat. But such was the violence of the storm that the sciotans

could not take any great advantage of the confusion of their

enemies -- They however pursued them to the hill, which had been

in the rear of the Kentucks -- overthrowing & kiling some in

the pursuit. -- But as the hill was overspread with trees

which broke the violence of the wind, Hamboon commanded

his men to face their pursuers -- The Sciotans finding

that their enimies had the advantage of the ground &

being intolerably fatigued with a battle which had lasted

near four hours, retired a small distance back -- & as soon as the

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was strewed thick with the slain. -- Thus ended the great battle

on the plains of Geheno. -- Both There they encamped --

and as the storm had now subsided both armies proceeded to make

provision to refresh themselvs, being nearly exhausted by the

fateague fatigues of a most bloody contest which had lasted nearly

five hours. That day afforded them no time to bury their

dead -- The Sun did not tarry in his course but hid himself

below the Horizon & darkness spread itself over the face

of the earth -- The warriors with their spears in their hands

extended themselvs upon the earth, & spent the night in

rest & sleep -- Next morning they arose with renovated

vigor. Their tho'ts were immediately turned to the sanguine

field -- Many warriors say they lie there, pierced with mortal wounds

& covered with with blood -- Their spirets have assumed

etheriel bodies & they are now receiving the rewards assign

-ed to the brave on the plains of glory -- but they demand

of us that we should secure their remains from the voraci-

-ous jaws of carniverous animals Beasts by intering them in

the earth. But how can this be done unless both armies

will mutually agree to lay down their arms during

the interment of the remains of their respective warriors.

Hamboon dispached a Messenger to Rambock, who agreed

to an armistice for the term of two days & that ten

thousand men might be employed from each army

in burying the dead. --

    It was indeed a meloncolly day. -- The contest was

not desided -- Neither army had gained a victory or had

reason to boast of any superior advantages obtained

or any heroic atcheivments, which were not matched by

contending warriors[.] An emence slaughter was made.

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on the field -- This was only the beginning of the war --

& what must be its dreadful calamities if it should

continue to rage -- if a few more battles should be faught.

& the infuriated conqueror should turn his vengful sword

against defencless women & children & mingle their

blood with the blood of heroes, who had fallen bravely fight[-]

ing in their defence. When both armies viewed the

emence slaughter that had been made of their respec-

tive friends -- instead of cooling their ardor for the war, it

only served to encrease their malice & their thirst for re-

venge. --

    Ten thousand men from each army, without arms, marh-

ed to the field were the battle was faught -- & having selected

the dead bodies of their respective warriors -- they carried

[them they] as many of them together as what could be

done with convenience -- & then diging into the ground

about three feet deep & throwing the dirt around in

a circular form upon the edge of the grave -- they then

deposited the bodies in it, covering the ground over which

they had dug with the bodies -- & then placing others upon

them until the whole were deposited -- they then proceeded

to thro' dirt upon them & to raise over them a high

mound -- In this manner they proceeded until they

had finished the interment. The bodies of the chiefs that

were slain, were carried to their respective armies -- &

performing many customary sollemnities of woe, they

were intered & prodigious mounds of earth were raised

over them. -- After the funeral rites were finished & the

armistice had expired, the hostile Emperors must

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   The field was widely strewed, & in many places thickly covered

with human bodies -- extended in various positions -- on their sides

their backs & faces -- some with their arms & legs widely spread

some with their mouths open & eyes stairing
-- mangled with swords

spears & arrows & besma[r]d with blood & dirt -- Most hedious

forms & dreadful to behold! Such objects exicted horror & all the

sympethetic & compassionate feelings of the human heart. --

    As both Emperors had agreed to the suspension of arms for

the purpose of burying the Reamins of those of the heroic warriors

ten thousand men from each army entered the field & began the

mournful employment -- They dug holes about three feet deep

& in a circular form & of about twenty or thirty feet diamiter.

In these they deposited the bodies of their deceased heroes & then

raised over them large mounds of earth -- The bodies of the Chiefs

who had fallen were carried to their respective armies & buried,

with all the sollemnities of woe -- over them they raised prodi-

gious mounds of earth -- which will remain for ages, as monu-

ments to commemorate the valiant feats of these heroes & the

great Battle of Geheno. --

   After the funeral Rites were finished -- & the armistice had ex-

-pired, the hostile Emperors must now determine on further plans of

operation.

    Rambock requested the advice of his principal officers, who

were unanimus in opinion that it was their best policy to retire back

to retire back to the hill which was opposite to the place where

they landed -- & there wait for reinforcements. This they effected

the next night without being perceived by their Enimy. --

    Hamboon on the next day marched towards them -- but not thinking

it good policy to attack them at the present, took possession of a

hill in plain view of the Sciotans & there encamped with

his whole army.

    As the Sciotans sallied out in parties to plunder & to ravage the

country, these were pursued, overtaken or met by parties of the

Kentucks -- Many bloody skirmishes ensued with various success

& many feats of heroism were displaied on both sides. Wherever the

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people without distinction of age or sex, who fell into their hands

became the victems of their infuriated malice -- The extermination

of the Kentucks appeared to be their object, not considering that

it might soon be their turn to have such horrid cruelties reta-

liated upon themselvs with a threefold vengence. They likewise

had a further object in view, which was to provoke Hamboon to attack

the main army, whilst posted in an advantageous situation. --

    But it was Hamboon's policy by placing garrisons in different

stations & by patroling parties to prevent the sciotans from

plundering & destroying his towns -- & from geting provisions

from his country -- & in this way to compel them to cross the

River or to attack his army in the position he had taken. --

    While the Two Emperors were thus manoevering -- & seeking

by various arts & stratigems to gain an advantage over each

other, a very extraordinary intance of heroism & the display of the most

sincere & ardent friendship transpired were displayed  transpiredwhich is worthy a place

on the historic page  instance transpired of heroism & friendship --

     In the dominions of Hamboon there lived two young men who

were bred in the same vilage -- Having minds formed for the exer-

cise of the noblest principles & possessed of congenial tempers they early

contracted the greatest intimacy[,] & formed toward each other the

strongest attachment. -- They joined the standard of Hamboon

& in the great battle of Geheno they faught side by side & performed

exploits equally bold & heroic. -- They eat at the same board & drank

of the same cup -- & in all their excursions they attended each other

& walked hand in hand. -- As these two friends were seting

in their tent one evening -- Kelsock [==] who was the oldest, says

to Hamkoien, something whispers me; that this night we can

perform a most brilliant Exploit -- The Sciotans have held a great

festival & until midnight they will be emploied in music & dan-

cing & in various diversions -- Being greatly fatigued, when they

lie down to rest, their sleep will be sound -- We may then enter

their camp by slyly geting round their centinels unperc-

eived & make a most dreadful Slaughter. -- Your plan, replied

Hamkien, is excellent, it is worthy the character of an hero. -- I will

join you -- & will either triumph with you in the success of the

enterprize or perish in the attempt. Perhaps we may atcheive

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They both taking their swords & tomehauks repaired towards the camp of the Sciotans

on order to reconoiter & find where they could enter & not be perceived

by the centinals -- The Moon shone bright but would set about three

Oclock in the Morning -- this was the time they had fixed upon to

begin the massacre of their enemies -- At length all became silent

-- the Moon disappeared & these young heroes had accomplished

their plan in geting into the camp of the Sciotans unperceived

They found them lying in a profound sleep -- for the fatigues of

the day & revels of the night had bro't weariness upon them -- & conside-

ring, when they lay down that the vigelence of their guards would

secure them from surprize, they slept with unusual soundness, but

their vigelence could not prevent an unsuspected destruction. The

Tomehauks & swords of these daring youth, soon caused hundreds

to sleep in eternal slumbers -- & so anxious were they to finish the

destruction of their enemies, that the day began to dawn before they

had cleared themselvs from their camp of their enemies -- Scarce how-

-ever had they past the last centinal, & the alarm was given --

The Sciotans beheld a most terrible slaughter of their warriors & being

fixed with indignation sallied forth in parties in every direction --

    Kelsock and Hamko had nearly gained the encampment of the Ken-

tucks & Haloon with a party of the Sciotans had overtaken

Hamko -- Kelsock was so far in advance, that he was now safe

from all danger -- but turning his eyes round he beheld Ha[k]oon

seize his friend, who was attempting to defend himself against

the party -- Kelsock turned instantly, & runing furiously back

cried, spare O spare the youth, he is innocent -- I alone con-

trived the slaughter of the Sciotans. -- too much love to his friend

induced him to join me in the enterprize -- Here is my bosom --

here take your revenge -- Scarce had he spoken & Haloon plun-

ged his sword into the heart of Hamko. -- The young hero fell -- &

with a groan expired -- Kelsock instantly rushed upon Haloon

& darted his sword thro his heart -- prostrate he tumbled at

the feet of Hamko[o] -- but Kelsock could not long survive --

A spear peirced him in the side -- he cast his eyes onthe lifeless Body ofhis friend

& fell upon his lifeless body it -- he embraced it & never breath

-ed again.  Ah heric youths  in friendship youe lived -- & in life

& death youe were joined. --







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    Forty days had now expired since the two armies had taken

their different positions -- Each received large reinforcements

which supplied the places of the slain. Experience had taught

them to use stratigem instead of attacking under great dis-

advantages, & yet to remain long in their present situation

could not possibly, terminate the war successfully on the part

of the Sciotans. -- Rambock[,] considering the obsticles, which

attended the prossecution of every plan, at last, by the advice

of Sambal & Ulipoon, determined on a most rash & desperate

enterprize -- an enterprize which would in a measure saciate

their revenge, provided that it should even produce the annihilation

of their Army. -- As soon as darkness had overspread the earth at

night -- Rambock marched his whole army towards the city

of Gamba -- & such was the stillness of their movments that

they were not perceived -- nor was it known by Hamboon that

they had marched until the morning light. -- As soon as

the Kentucks per[c]eived that the Sciotans had abandoned the

place of their encampment & found the direction they had gone[,]

they immediately pursued them with with the utmost expediton. --

But too late to prevent the intended slaughter & devastation.

The Sciotans without delaying their march by attacking any forts

in their way, merely entered the vilages, killing the inha-

bitants who had not made their escape & burning their

houses -- They arived before the City of Gamba -- Great in-

deed was the surprize, the consternation & terror of the citi-

zens -- Many fled to the fort -- A band of about three thousand

resolute warriors seized their arms, determined to risk their lives

in the defence of the city. The leader of this band was La-

-moch the eldest son of Labanko -- He inherited the virtues of his

excellent Father & even thirsted to revenge his death by sacrifiesing

to his manes the blood of his cruel enimies. He posted his warriors in

a narrow passage which led to the city. -- The Sciotan

Emperor immediately formed his plan of attack -- A large host

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against them -- They were commanded by Moonrod -- He

led them against this gallant & desparate band of Kentucks

& made a most furious & violent charge upon them, But they

were resisted with a boldness, which will forever do honour to

their immortal valour. -- Many hundreds of their Enimies

they perced with their deadly weapons & caused heaps of

them to lie prostrate in the narrow passage. -- Such pro-

digious havock was made on the Sciotans by this small

band of valiant citizens, who were driven to despira-

tion & whose only object was to sell their lives dear to their

enimies, that even Moonrod began to dispair of forcing his

march into the city thro' this narrow passage -- Being in-

formed by a trecherous Kentuck of another passage, he imme-

diately dispatched a party of about four thousand from his

band to enter the city thro' that passage & to fall upon the

rear of the Kentucks -- This plan succeeded -- These heroes

now found the war to rage both in front & rear & part

facing their new assailants they attacked theirm  new assailants with incredible

fury -- What could they do? resistance was now in vain.

They could no longer maintain the bloody contest against

such a mighty host. Lamoch then commanded the survi-

vors of his little Band to break thro' the ranks of his

last assalants & to retreat. to the fort. It was impossible

to withstand the violence of their charge -- they broke thro'

the ranks of their enimies & made a passage over the bo-

dies of heroes, thro' which they retreated & marched to the

fort -- About seven hundred with their valiant leader thus

made their escape & a[r]ived save in the fort -- The remainder

of the Three thousand sold their lives in defence of their friends

& their country -- This Battle checked the progress of the enimy

which prevented an emence slaughter of citizens -- As the greatest

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As soon as all resistance was over come & had subsided, the Sciotans

lost no time -- but marched into the city & commenced a general

plunder of all articles which could conveniently be transported.

Ulipoon, tho careful not to expose his person to the deadly wea-

pons of an enimy -- was however very industrious in this part

of the war -- None discovered so much engagedness as himself

to grasp the most valuable property in the city. -- But expecting

the Kentuck Army to arive soon they must accomplish their

mischief with the utmost expedition -- The City they sat on

fire in various places -- & then retired back & encamped near

the fort, intending on the next day, unless prevented by the

arrival of Hamboon with his Army, to storm the fort,

& massecre the whole multitude of citzens which were there

collected. -- Behold the conflagration of the city, -- the

flames in curls assend towards heaven -- & as the darkness

of the Night had now commenced -- this added to the

horror of the scene -- The illumination spread far & wide &

distant vilages beheld the redning light assend -- as a certain pio-

neir of their own conflagration, should the war continue to rage.

But mark the sorrow & lamentation of the poor citizens

now incircled by the walls of a fort -- Happy that they

had escaped the intended massacre of a barberous unrelen-

ting Enimy -- but indignant & sorrowful at beholding the

ruins of all their property. -- & even filled with the greatest

anxiety lest Hamboon should not arive in season to pre-

vent the storming of the fort. -- But their anxiety soon vanished.

    When the shades of evening began to overspread

the earth, Hamboon and his Army had arrived within

five miles of the city. They beheld the flames begining to assend.

The idea was instantly reallized that an indiscrimate slaughter

had taken place. -- What were the destracted outcries of the

dwellers of the city. -- Fathers & mothers -- Brothers & sisters, wives

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In addition to the distrucktion of all their property, they now had

a reallizing anticipation of the massecre of the dearest friend[s]

& relation. Such was their anxiety to precipitate their march

that it was scarcely in the power of their commanders to retard their

steps, so as to prevent them from breaking the order of their ranks.

They made however the utmost expedition -- determined if they found

their enimy to take ample vengence. But when they arrived &

found that the greatest part of the citizens were safe in the fort

this afforded no small aleviation to their anxiety & grief -- But

their thirst for revenge & their ardent desire to engage the enimy

in battle did not in the least abate.

    Determined that the Sciotans should have no chance to improve

the darkness of the [e]nsuing night to make their escape -- every preparation

was made to attack them the next morning. -- This was expected

by the Scitans, who were wishing for another opportunity to mea-

sure swords with the Kentucks. & as soon as the morning light

appeared they marched a small distance to a hill & paraded their [they] paraded

in proper order for battle. -- Scarce had they finished their

arangements when they beheld Hamboon's Army marching

towards them -- He halted within about half a mile of the

Sciotans -- & sent out a small party to reconoiter & disco-

ver their situation -- In the mean time he ordered Hanock

his son to march with twelve thousand men round the Sciotan

Army & to lie in ambush in their rear in order to surprize

them with an attack after the battle should commence.

    As the two armies were paraded in fair view of each

other the expectation was that a most bloody en-

gagement would take place immediately. -- The

cowardly mind of Ulipoon was not a little terrified

when he beheld the number & the martial appear-

ance of the Enimy -- But his inventive genius was not

long at a loss for an expedient, which he immagined

would extricate himself from all danger -- He repairs to

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your your  majesty. During the first battle it was my mis-

fortune to be prevented by sickenss from being at the head of

my brave warriors & displying my valour. It is my

wish now to perform feats of heroism which shall place me

on equal ground with the most valiant princes of your em-

pire -- With your permision I will lead on my division

& storm the fort of the Kentucks -- This will fill their

warriors with consternation & terror -- You may then obtain

an easy victory -- & destroy them with as much facility

as you would so many porcupines. -- Besides by attacking

the fort at this time when they are not suspecting such a

manoever -- the imperial family will be prevented from

making their escape & I shall then be able to restore to your

majesty your daughter Lamesa. -- The Emperor being

pleased with the plan granted to Ulipoon his permision

to carry it into effect. -- Ulipoon did not wait a mo-

-ment -- But immediately returned back & commanded

his forces, which consisted of about seventeen thousand

to march -- He was careful at the same time to see that

that they carried with them all the plunder they had

taken in the city of Gamba -- & particularly that portion

which had been set apart for himself. -- But nothing

was farther from the heart of Ulipoon than to fulfil his

[------------] promise -- He had no intention to risk

his person in the hazardous attempt to storm the fort --

but his determination was to march with the utmost

expedition to his own dominions & to carry with him

his rich plunder Having marched towards the fort until

they had got beyond the view of the Sciotan Army = he

then ordered them to turn their course towards the great

River -- to the place where the left their Boats. --







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  In this direction they had not proceeded far when they were

seen by a number of pioneirs, whom Hanock had sent

forward to make discoveries. -- As his band were not far dis-

tant they soon gave him the inteligence -- He immedi-

ately dispach an express to Hamboon -- informing him

that he should pursue them as their object probably

was to ravage the country -- & recommending not

to attack the Sciotans until further information

from him. -- Hanocks devision were not discovered

by Ulipoon -- & of consequence he proceeded in his march

without suspecting any anoiance from the Enimy, hap-

py in the reflection that he had greatly enriched himself

by a prodigious mass of plunder, & not in the least troubled about

his fellow warriors, whom he had deserted on the eve of

a most hazardous engagement. -- Hanock pursued

him, but was careful not to be discovered -- When the sun

was nearly down Ulipoon halted & encamped. -- During

the Night Hanock made his arangements -- he formed

his men into four Divisions & surrounded the Enimy.

Their orders were as soon as the morning light began

to appear, to rush into Ulipoon's encampment & to

massecre his warriors without discremination. --

The fatal moment had arived, & punctual at the very

instant of time the attack was began on every part.

& such was the surprize & terror which it produced that

the Sciotans were thrown into the utmost confusion --

& it was impossible for their oficers to form them into

any order to make defence -- Every man at last at-

tempted to make his escape -- but wherever they rushed

forward in any derection they met the deadly spears

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scene for even humanity recoils at beholding  Humanity --

sympathy & compassion must drop a tear at beholding

the uproar & confusion, the distress & anguish, the blood

& carnage of so many thousand brave warriors who was great

misfortune was to have a coward for their commander
. --

who were reduced to this dreadful situation by the cowar-

dize & nigardly & avaricious dispostion of their comman-

-der. But only three thousand made their escape. As for

Ulipoon he was mortally wounded & laid prostrate on the

field -- After the slaughter was ended in passing over the

field of  the Slain, Hanock beheld this illfated prince -- an ob-

ject truely pitiable to behold -- In the agonies of death

& wreathing under the most acute pain, he exclaimed.

   Alas my wretched situation -- It was avarice, cursed avarice

which induced me to engage in this horrid war & now my

the mischief & cruelties intended as the means to acquire

wealth & agrandizement, are justly turned upon my own

head -- He spoke & deeply groaning, he breathed no more

    The galant Hanock, droped a tear -- & feeling no enmity

towards the lifeless remains of those, who had been his

enimies, he ordered three hundred men to bury  remain

on the ground & commit their bodies to the Dust -- This

says he is the will of him whose compassion is infinite.

He then directed Co[nc]o his chief captain to pursue the sur-

vivors of Ulipoon's Army & to destroy them if possible. --

    With the remainder of his own troops, he returned, to carry  back

to cary into effect the order of Hamboon. -- Conco over[-]

took & killed about a thousand of the wretched fugitives -- the

remainder escaped to their own land.-- except about fifty who

fled to the army of Rambock -- & gave him the dreadful

inteligence of Ulipoon[']s distruction. --

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& his whole army. They now beheld their situation to be extremely

critical & dangerous & saw the necessity of the most vigorous &

heroic exertions. What says Rambock to his princes, is our

wisest course to pursue? Sabamah, Rancoff & Nunapon

Advised him to retreat without loosing a moment, for say

they, we have taken ample revenge for the crime Elseon. --

To effect this we have thrown ourselvs into the heart of their

country. -- have lost a large division of our army -- & are

so weakened by our losses that we are in the utmost dan-

ger of being defeated & even anihilated. --    It must therefore

be the height of folly & madness to prossecute the war

any farther in this country. -- But Sambal & the other

other princes condemned this plan as pusilanimous &

disgraceful & proposed to steal a march on the Kentucks

& to storm their fort before before they should be apprised of

their design. This last advice met the approbation of

the Emperor; "Nothing says he can save our army from

destruction, but the most daring atcheivments. That they

might gain the fort without being perceived by the Kentucks

It was necessary that they should march some distance in

the direction, where Hanock had encamped, in order to coop-

-erate with Hamboon, when he should commence the engage-

ment -- When the night had far advanced Rambocks forces were all

in readiniess & began their march for the fort. They proceeded

about two miles -- & a small party in advance, discovered

Hanocks warriors -- This discovery produced an alteration

in Rambock's plan -- He directed Sambal to proceed against

the fort -- whilst he, as soon as the light should appear, would

attack Hanock -- Sambal was highly pleased with this com-

mand -- as a victory would ensure him the capture of Lamesa --

& afford him an opportunity to obtain revenge. He arived

at the fort just as the blushing morn began to appear. --

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  On three sides he stationed small parties who wer[e]

ordered to massacre all the citizens who should attempt

to make their escape -- With the main body of his

Army he made an assault upon the fort --

  Amazement & terror seized the minds of the whole

multitude of citizens; in the fort -- This enterprize of

the Sciotans was unexpected -- As the Kentucks as they were
were

unprepared to defend the fort against such a formi-

dable force. Lamock however placed himself at

the head of about one thousand warriors & attempted

to beat them back from the walls & prevent their

making a breach. But it was imposible with his small

band to withstand the strength of such a mighty

army -- They broke down part of the palasadaes & enter-

ed the fort thro' the breach == And immediately began

the massacre of the defenceless multitude without regard to age

or sex -- Sambal being anxious to find Lamesa

rushed forward with a small band & surrounded a small  block

-house -- He then broke down the doar & entered -- Here he

beheld all the ladies of the imperial family & many

other Ladies of distinction -- He instantly sprang towards

Lamesa in order to seize her -- but was prevented by

Heliza who steped betwen them & falling upon her

knees implored him to spare the life of Lamesa --

Scarce had she spoken when the cruel monster buried

his sword in her bosom & she fell lifeless before the eyes

of her dearest friend -- Lamesa gave a scream, & looking

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vilany & cruelty, could nothing saciate your revenge but

the death of my dear friend, -- the amiable, the innocent Heliza

Here is my heart -- I am prepared for your next victem. --

   Ah no, says Sambal, your life is safe from my sword.

I shall conduct you to my palace & you shall be honour-

ed with me for your partner. Insult me not, says

she, thou malicious bloody villain -- either kill me

or be gone from my sight -- my eyes can never indure

the man who is guilty of such monstrous crimes. --

    Set your heart at rest says he my dear Lamesa -- I

will convince you that I am a better man than your belo-

ved Elseon -- his head shall soon saciate my revenge

& then you shall be the Queen of Sciota -- At this

Instant a loud voice was heard -- The Kentucks

are marching with a prodigious Army toward[s] the

fort. -- Sambal turning to his warriors present

ordered them to guard the women in that house &

not permit any of them to escape -- for says he I must

go & destroy that army of Kentucks. Great alrea-

dy had been the slaughter which the sciotans had made

of the citizens in the fort -- Those who had attempted to

escape thro' a gate which was thrown open were

met & massacred by the Sciotan warriors on the

outside -- But their progress was arested by the ap-

pearance of Elseon at the head of thirty thousand

warriors -- They had marched with the greatest

speed -- for they were informed by an express that the

Sciotans had invested the Fort. When Sambal beheld

them he instantly concluded to draw his army out of the

fort & to try a battle with them in the open field. --

His orders were immediately spread thro' every part of

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fenceless & in fighting Hanock Lamoch the  little band of desperate heroes

whom Hanock commanded. -- The Sciotans were soon

formed & marched out of the fort & paraded in proper order --

for battle. -- Elseon observing this, commanded his to

men to halt, & made his arangements to rush for-

ward & commence the attack -- Having brandished his

sword as a token for silence he then Spoke. My

brave warriors. "The glorious period has arrived for

arrived us
 to display our valor in the destruction of our

enimies. -- What monstrous cruelties have they perpetrated -- Be-

hold your city in ruins -- listen to the cries of your murdered friends

whose innocent blood calls for vengence -- consider the situation

of those who are surrounde[d] by the walls of yonder fort. How

many thousands are massacred -- & how many must share

their fate unless you fight like heroes -- By our valour

we can effect their deliveranc, & rid our country from the most fero-

cious band of murderors that ever disgarced humanity --

  Their standard is that of the Sciotan King -- whose ma-

lice & vengeful disposition have produced this horrid war.

Urged on by his malignant passions he has engaged un-

-dertaken a most dangerous & mad enterprize -- He has thrown

himself & his army into a most critical & dangerous si-

tuation
-- Fight as you did at the great Battle of Ge-

heno & your enimies will be prostrate in the dust --

& your names shall be illustrious. Rush forward my

brave warriors -- & let your motto be victory or

death. Not a moment, when his warriors were

st[e]mulated for the combat did Elseon tarry -- but marched

with pricipitation, prepared to make a most furious charge.

   Sambal was ready to meet him -- & marchd forward with

equal boldness & celerity. The charge was tremendous.

Not the dashing aganst each other of two mighty ships, in a hurricane upon

the boisterous  ocean, could have been more terrible. Each

warrior[,] fearless of danger, met his antagonist, determined

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  The battle extended thro' every part of both armies -- As

warriors fell in the front ranks, their places were supplied

from the rear -- & reserved Bands rushing betwen the

divisions were met by others of equal strength &

valour. -- Helicon the intimate friend of Elseon be-

held Sambal -- who was encouraging his warriors to

fight bravely, as no other alternative remained for them

but victory or death. -- When Helicon beheld him

his youthful mind felt the impulse of ambition -- he

sprang towards Sambal & chalenged him to the combat.

Sambal gave him no time to repeat the chalenge, but

rushed upon him, with more fury than a tiger[,] & with

his sword he struck Helicon's head from his body -- Thus

fell the brave, the amiable youth whose thirst for glory

impeled him to attempt an exploit too rash & daring --

    Warriors fell on every side & the field was covered with

dead & dying heroes -- A messenger ran & told Elseon

of the fate of Helion who commanded the left wing of

his army & that Sambal had broken their ranks & was

making indis[c]ribable havock of his warriors -- What

intelligence could have been more shocking? Elseon

could not refrain from tears for a moment -- Ah Heli-

con says he, thou hast been more dear to me than

a brother -- Heaven demands that I should revenge

thy cruel death. He instantly selected a small band

& marched, with the utmost speed to the left wing of his

army -- He ralied his retreating warriors & inga-

ged in the conflict with tenfold fury -- Soon he be-

held the mighty Sambal whose sword was crimson-

ed with the blood of his friend, & Sambal cast his eyes

upon him & as he beheld him his malice instantly inkin

-dled into such a furious flame, that his reason fled for

a moment, &
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sprang towards each other -- Their warriors beheld

them & being mutualy inspired with the same sentiments

the respective bands retired back & left the two indig-

nant champions in the space betwen. -- Ah exclaimed Sambal ingrate

Robber & perfiduous scoundrel after seducing the Emperors

daughter who was &  my wife & transporting her from our dominions,

have you the temerity to meet my conquering sword. --

  This sword which perceid Labanco. & cut off the head

of Helicon & which has destroyed hundreds of warriors more

mighty than yourself -- shall be plunged into your coward-

ly heart -- & your head shall be carried in triumph into

the city of Talang[as] -- & there it shall be preserved as a trophy  

trophy of my superiour strength & valour. --

    Vain Boaster, says Elseon -- I rejoice to meet you. that

  The Benevolent Being will now terminate your carere

of bloody crimes -- This sword shall peirce your malignant

heart & cut of that head, which has ploted the ruin of my

country --- Sambal eager for revenge, could hear no more,

  He sprang forward & aimed a thurst of his sword at Elseon's

Heart but Elseon turned the point of his sword from him

with his own -- & then darted his sword into his left

arm which caused the blood to gush forth -- Sambal

was now more indignant than ever -- & raising his

sword he threw his whole strength into one mighty

effort, with an intention to divide his body in twain.

But Elseon, quck as the Lightning sprang back & Sam-

bals sword struck the ground with a prodigious force

which broke in the middle. -- He himself had nearly

tumbled his whole length -- but recovering & beholding

his defenceless situation, he ran a small distance, & sei-

-sing a stone sufficiently big for a common man to lift

he threw it at Elseon -- It flew with great velocity & had

not Elseon bowed his head his brains must have quited

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tunate; haveng met the stone as he bowed, it was

carried some distance from him & lodged in the

ground. Elseon regardless of his cap, ran swiftly upon

Sambal, whose feet having sliped when he threw the

Stone had fallen upon his back & had not recovered -- Terror

now seized his mind -- Spare, O Spare my life says he

& I will restore peace to Kentuck & you may en-

joy Lamesa. -- No peace sais Elseon do I desire with

a Man, whose sword is red with the blood of my friends

He spoke & plunged his sword into Sambals heart. --

    The Sciotans beheld the huge body of their King

pale & lifeless -- Consternation & terror seized their minds

They fled in dismay & confusion -- Elseon pursued

them with his warriors & overthrew & killed thousands

in the pursuit -- About two thousand made good their

escape -- & carried the doleful tidings of Sambals death

& the emence slaughter of his army to their own Land.

And indeed their escape was owing to the great anxiety

of Elseon & his warriors to viset their friends in the fort &

to assertain the extent of the massacre that Sambal &

his Army had made. -- After pursuing the Sciotans

about six miles Elseon & his army returned in great haste & entered the

fort. -- Great, inexpressably great, was the joy of the citizen[s]

when they beheld them returning with the laurels of

of Victory & when they were informed of the destruc-

tion of so many thousand of their enimies. -- But as great

was their grief & lamentation, when they beheld & reflected

on the vast number of citizens & of Elseon's warriors, who

had fallen by the sword of the Sciotans. -- But  No death

produced such universal regret & sorrow as those of Helecon

& Heliza. The one was the intimate friend of elseon &

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formed for the most ardent friendship & love. -- Their acquaintanc

produced the most sincere attachment -- They exchanged vows

of perpetual fidelity & love to each other -- & only waited for the

termination of the war to fulfill their mutual engagement

to unite their hands in wedlock -- But their pleasing antici-

cipation of conjugal felicity was destroyed by the cruel Sword

of Sambal -- Naught availed the innocence & the amiable ac-

complishments of the fair Heliza? She must fall a victem to

saciate the revenge of a barbarous Tyrant -- Had Hilicon known when

he attacked the savage Monster that he had sword had peir-

assassinated his beloved Heliza, it would have inspired

him with the most ardent desire for revenge & added vigor

to his arm & keeness to his sword. -- Ah said  A Ken-

tuck Bard represented the erial form of Heliza as ariving

on the celestial plain -- & being told that she must wait a

short time -- & Helicon would assend & conduct her as his part

-ner to a delightful Bower which was surrounded by the most

beautiful flowers & delicious fruits -- & where the singing

of musical Birds would charm them with their melody. --

    When Elseon had entered the fort, he found that Lamock

with the survivors of his little band of warriors had

made prisoners, of the Sciotans whom Sambal had

left to guard the imperial Ladies -- & that these Sciotans

had done them no injury nor even insulted them with

words -- Says Elseon for this honourable treatment

of my friends I will shew these enimies compassion -- Go

says he to them, return in peace to your own land -- & tell

your friends that Elseon will not hurt an Enimy, who has

done him a favour. --

    The time of Elseon was precious -- He spent but a few

moments with Lamesa, in which they exchanged mu-

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& sincere affection. -- She conjured him to spare the life of

her father & brother & not to expose his own life any farther than

his honour & the interest of his country required. I shall cheerfully

says he[,] comply with every request. which will promote your happiness.

He embraced her & bid her adue. --

   As the situation of Hamboon's army might require his imme-

diate return, he lost no time to regulate matters in the

fort -- but leaving five thousand men to bury the dead, & defend

the citizens, he marchd with the remainder, which consisted of

about twenty thousand, towards Hamboons encampment. --

    When Sambal marched his division against the fort

it was Rambock's intention to have attacked Hanock the

next morning -- but perceiving that Hamboon had been appri-

zed of his movement, & was then within a small distance

ready to cooperate with Hanocks division, Rambock altered his plan

& determined to wait for the return of Sambal. As for Ham-

boon he concluded to wait until Elseon's return, -- These deter-

minations of the hostile Emperors, prevented in this intervail

of time, any engagement betwen the two grand armies. --

  But when the fate of Sambal's division was decided -- & Elseon

had returned with the joyful news of his victory, the Kentucks were all

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