More Marvellous than the First
My last Book was a Wonder to Men, and such as strangers could not understand; as all names were concealed; but, as I told them the next would be a greater wonder, it certainly will to the believers, when they know what has been revealed to me since the 12th of September. For I may say with David-
"The dawn of each returning day
Fresh beams of knowledge brings,
And from the dark returns of night
Divine instruction springs."
Since this powerful visitation of the Lord came to me, like that in ninety-two, I have fresh things revealed to me every day. I am awakened every morning between three and four o'clock; I sit up in my bed till the day breaks; and have Communications given to me as soon as I awake. When the day breaks I rise and go down into the dining-room by myself; the moment I enter the room, I feel as though I was surrounded with angels; feeling a heavenly joy which I cannot describe, and which has taken from me my natural appetite; for three weeks past, I could not take any breakfast, and had no appetite for my dinner; neither could I drink my tea in the afternoon, and had no appetite for my supper; yet I feel no want of food.-As soon as I had finished my last Book, new things were revealed to me; and I was ordered to have seven respectable friends to meet together at four o'clock on Thursday afternoon, September 23rd, to hear read what had been revealed to me, and what I was directed to do; that they might be witnesses. However contrary to our judgment, or however contrary to my own feelings, they are witnesses of my readiness to obey. After everything was done as directed that evening, they were ordered to meet again at the same time on the Monday following.
The next day I was answered, that it was but for the trial of my faith that the directions were given in that manner; but as I had obeyed in heart, it was all that was required of me; but the Lord would work a different way.
Soon after my visitation began in this powerful manner, I was answered, that I should have all new clothing, for the sake of my female friends; and was ordered to have twelve new gowns, which I immediately gave orders for; and for other new clothing likewise, and I was answered-"The time of thy departure draweth near; for thy sands are nearly run." This I greatly rejoiced in; as I am as weary of the world, as the world is of me. I cannot enter into particulars of what was revealed to me; as it was ordered to be sealed up, in the presence of the seven friends, and put into a box, that is not to be opened till my trial; and then will be seen what was revealed to me every day. On Monday, the 27th of September, in the morning, it was revealed to me, that my new clothing was for my Wedding Garments: for I must enter into a marriage union with man, but it was the wisdom of the Lord to conceal from me, and to conceal from all, that such a union should take place; and therefore I was ordered to pen my own choice, which was to have a heavenly inheritance, when my work was done, instead of an earthly one; but in my writings, which are sealed up, I know it is said, that I should have an earthly husband, whom the Lord would resign the whole to; but what was printed, was to prevent any man's making an offer to me, that I might be kept for the man whom the Lord had designed for me. When this was revealed, all my nerves shook, my head was like the rivers of water, and I really could say with Paul, "Whether in the body, or out of the body, he could not tell": and I may say likewise, whether in my senses, or out of my senses, I could not tell; for my spirits were so confused, that I could scarcely speak to the friends when they came. They all seemed to feel for me; and all were astonished, when they heard the Communication read.-In answer to my trembling, and dreading the thoughts of a marriage union at this time of day, considering my age, and the happy life I now lived single, I was agitated with sorrow, I thought greater than I could bear; but I was answered-If I refused to give my hand in wedlock to the man the Lord had designed it for, when the Lord's appointed time was come; then my writings would be of no use to mankind: all was but labour lost, if I refused a marriage union with man, which was pointed out to me from my writings, which no one understood the sense and meaning of, before they were explained to me; and then all my friends saw it clear, that an earthly union must take place, to fulfil them.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 108.
"But ne'er no judges in your land
Had e'er so weighty Trial in hand,
Since I was judg'd at Pilate's bar.
The Holy Ghost must be judg'd here;
But I do tell them 'tis not thee;
It is the writings they must see;
I am the Spirit did indite,
That did induce thee first to write;
And all mankind shall know I am,
And Jah, Jehovah is my name;
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost;
In these three is the sentence passed,
And every mystery I'll explain,
And echo back the lines to men.
I am the Maker of you all;
Eden was found, when man did fall,
A Tree of Life within to stand.-
Hear now my voice, ye sons of men:
O people simple and unwise!
Vain are your thoughts, for to despise
A God that gave the woman first;
I am, I am, to give her last;
By her obedience free the score;
Her faith is just, if men see clear;
And she hath erred the safest side:
The path is straight, the field is wide.
So if you judge her senses lost,
It is where man can never boast,
So far beyond the learned's skill,
And you may judge it as you will."
"I shall answer thee from this Communication, and shew thee plainly, that, without a Marriage Union with man, this could not be fulfilled; for if I gave the woman to Adam at first, when paradise was lost by disobedience, I must bring the woman in perfect obedience to God and man; and so I must give her to man; but had these things been understood, thou wouldest have been wearied out with offers of lovers in men, knowing this was the first woman that ever wrote or acted like thee, to spend thy life from thy youth up to this day in perfect obedience to thy Lord; and therefore thy age men would not despise, but my command must be made known, that no man is to make an offer of marriage to thee; nor any proposals of love must be made by any, before him unto whom I have told thee I resign thy hand, as a father resigns his daughter in marriage, so I have told thee I will resign thee in marriage to one who shall be to thee a likeness of Noah; and if he accepts thy hand, there is no one else whom thou canst give it to. But if he refuses, then thou art at liberty to choose for thyself; but that must not be, till thou hast seen the end; as I have told thee, when all is tried and proved, granted by the bishops as judges, the clergy as grand jury, and twenty-four of thy friends; when they allow thy visitation to be from the Lord, they must know, that the name I gave thee is spiritual; but the marriage is temporal; and the name is but a mark for men to know that the end is at hand. And therefore it must be granted by all, that it is a visitation from the Lord to bring in an earthly marriage, different from what hath taken place before; because it is brought round by the wisdom and direction of the Lord, in perfect obedience to my command, through the prophecies that are given already. I have told thee, it is granted by God; but it must be granted by men; and when this is done, let thy judge inquire, if thou art the Bride, who is the Bridegroom? Then thou must make known who the Bridegroom is; and whether he accepts thy hand, as a blessing from the Lord, with his heart united with his hand, and thy answer must be the same; because I have told thee, before I have united your hearts I will never unite your hands. Now come to the Second Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 39.
"For now to all I mean to call,
And bid you both be free;
'Tis by the Mother and the bride
That Isaacs ye must be.
So Jews and Gentiles now give up,
And say the woman's clear;
Then sure for Canaan you may hope,
Your full Redemption's near.
For if the woman I make free,
Ye must be free indeed;
Though this appears a mystery,
But all from her proceed.
For every man from her was born,
Ever since Adam's fall;
And as that Sin did taint her blood,
You say you're tainted all.
But if that taint I take away,
And made her perfect free,
And pour the Holy Ghost on man,
Then perfect heirs you be:
Made heirs of God, it must be known,
And joint heirs with the Son.
Now let the learned men appear,
I'll answer thee again."
First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 107.
"So you may call her what you will:
A bride, or mother: but stand still;
I said a Bridegroom I'd appear,
When I bring in my every heir;
And, by her name, you all shall see
That Mary doth with her agree
To cast all on the serpent's head:
And like Joanna is her plead.
But if you will not cast it there,
Then of her blood let all take care;
For I'll avenge her every foe.
Now look to Calvary, you may know
What fatal sword went through her soul,
To see her Son to die for all.
I knew her grief was more than mine,
And I'll avenge thee every crime
That caused my Mother's heart to bleed;
So now take care how you proceed.
But now I ask how't could be done,
Had not my Spirit to her come,
To have the Woman to appear,
That in my Mother's room is here?
And if her offers you refuse,
I say more fatal than the Jews
You'll find the every weight to turn,
Till ruin is on every man."
"Then now I tell you one and all,
When you the race of man can call,
Without the woman to appear;
Then say you do not want her here;
If you without her can be born,
I need not visit in her form
To bring a spiritual race to man;
Because the woman was my plan
To have mankind be born anew.
Now bring my Gospel to your view;
I said ye must be born again:
Look deep, ye simple sons of men,
And tell me how that man was born?
You say, from Adam it might be known;
Without the woman he did appear;
He was the dust that perished there,
And so the dust doth still go on,
And putrefaction's still in man;
But of the woman I was born,
A mystery deep no man discerns,
To putrefaction did not come;
Then now, like me, be born again,
And from the woman all appear;
And then I'll make you sons and heirs;
For heirs of God you now shall be,
And, as I said, joint heirs with me;
And of the Spirit now be born.
You know, 'tis written, in her form,
That God would surely send his Son,
When the full time was surely come;
That as in Adam all men died,
Even in me it is applied
That all I'd make alive to be.-
Appear vain men, and answer me,
How you my Bible so deny?
The Holy Ghost I then did say
My Father would send in my name,
And all to your remembrance bring;
And all together is brought here,
What man by learning cannot clear."
John iii. 3.-Acts ii. 31.-Romans viii. 17.-Galatians iv. 4.-1 Corinthians xv. 22.-John xiv. 26.-Ecclesiastes vii. 29.-1 Corinthians xv. 45, 47.
"Now I shall answer thee from these Texts of Scripture, which I have brought forward, and explained so many years ago.
"Now come to the believers. They have read thy books through, but never discerned that a temporal marriage must take place, before thy writings can be fulfilled; and thou thyself hadst not observed it, since I ordered thee to put in print thy desire to go to glory, that no one might attempt to prevail on thee in marriage; but, as the believers have not seen what was so plain before them, that no fulfilment of thy writings can take place, before the Bride is joined to an earthly Bridegroom; and therefore it is said in my Gospel, "He that hath the Bride is the Bridegroom; but the friends of the Bridegroom rejoice greatly;" and so will thy friends all rejoice when marriage hath taken from thee thy reproach among women, and all is made as clear as the noon-day sun; then will your rejoicing be great when every thing is made so plain before them, that there is no room for doubt left, which I have told thee I shall now make clear to every man, to open my Gospel, prove the Visitation of my Spirit according to my Gospel, and prove that my Kingdom is nigh at hand. For all will come as suddenly and unexpectedly as this Book will appear to believers, to the surprise and astonishment of them all, brought round in a way and manner that was never observed by them because they always judged that thy awful Trial was nothing but thy Trance. But now I ask thee, what awful Trial that would be to thee, if I was to take thee as soon as thou entered the room, and by angels convey thee to glory, and place all the joys of heaven before thee? It would be a day of rejoicing to thee, as there would be nothing fatal nor sorrowful; neither could it be anything awful to thee, but to them. Therefore it could not be called thy Awful Trial, if nothing more awful than that had appeared in it. But now reflect with thyself what awful scenes have appeared to thy view, since I told thee of an earthly marriage, to be joined in wedlock with man; that he must take my yoke upon him; and he shall find my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. For ye know, when marriages take place, ye call it like bullocks yoked in together, that are to draw together; but know it is often said, if one draweth forward, and the other backward, they can never plough the ground; and therefore I said-
"I would have a plough that was strong-
And so I tell thee I shall now go on.
And now remember what I said before;
When in the altar thou didst then appear,
Like bullocks taken from the yoke
I'd make the sacred altar smoke;
And so I say I shall go on
I've fixed my plough, I'll make it strong.
Because the yoke of men I'll take from thee,
And so the Bridegroom he shall see
The yoke of Satan now shall fall.
"So now be wise, I've warned you all
How two together I shall join,
That in one harness will combine,
In heart and soul for to agree,
And live in heavenly harmony,
In love to God, and love to man.
This way I've laid my heavenly plan,
That you will both find in the end,
And know I've stood your every friend.
"But now the fatal hour call back,
When Satan's arts with power did break,
To make thee dread that happy day.
I gave him room to work that way,
That thy obedience men might see,
A Martyr thou would'st die for me,
Sooner than disobey my will;
And so thy heart he strong did chill.
An awful scene thou judged before,
That nought but death thy grief could clear;
And so I let him lead thee on,
Till to the purpose thou didst come,
Thy every friend to call to mind,
And how in love they'd all been kind,
And what they'd suffered for thy sake.
This made thy love and courage break,
And like a soldier to begin.
Thy musing thoughts must now be seen,
The way men's mockery did appear,
To make thy friends like soldiers here.
And so like man thou didst complain,
To see his soldiers so were slain.
What cruelty they then did bear;
Like him thou felt, thy followers here
By every mockery compassed round,
Like hunted harts thy friends were found;
Breathless and faint as men go on,
Thou saw'st thy friends were now become;
Because the world began to boast,
And say thy champion now was lost;
And so the winds were rising high,
Against thy friends thy foes did fly;
Yet my deliverance made thee smart,
The way 'twas fixed by Satan's dart;
And then to prove I'm in thy form,
I shewed how I had led thee on,
While thou in grief wast wounded here;
A burden dread thou could'st not bear,
If it was not in love to me,
And thy true friends that thou would'st free.
Thou saidst, in love to God and man,
Thy awful trial thou would'st stand;
And so the words must follow here,
For me to make the mysteries clear;
The way that I am in thy form,
It is in Spirit it must be known."
The following Communication was given to me. After it was revealed that a marriage union must take place, then the enemy broke in strongly upon me, which was the first time I felt any change from the heavenly joy I experienced since this visitation began; it was after I was warned of the marriage, which made me shudder at the thought; and I looked upon matrimony far worse than death. I was then ordered to call to my remembrance all the kindness of my friends, what love and regard they had shewn me, and how they had done every thing to clear my honour from the malicious inventions that had been raised against my character; how they had come forward and applied to the law for redress against the book wherein I was scandalously abused; and how they had challenged my enemies to come forward and prove the infamous assertions, which they boldly made against me. All these malicious slanders and reports came strongly into my mind, which burned like fury on the one hand, and love to my friends burned strongly on the other; and as I was answered, there was no way that my innocence and injured honour could be cleared but by a marriage union; so that the love of God, and love to my friends, broke in strongly upon me, that I thought I could freely go to the flames and die a martyr, sooner than my enemies should triumph over me and my friends; and as the command was given me by the Lord, I would sooner die any death than disobey. Thus my pondering thoughts were then called out, which I am ordered to pen in part, explaining my sorrows.-
"What thou hast suffered first for man,
And then they'll know my heavenly plan.
For this is known to thee before:
I ask what Bride could so appear,
If thou in courage didst not rise,
To say, "my sufferings I despise?
"I'd sooner die the fatal night,
"Than let my foes in triumph fight
"So boldly on to hurt my fame.
"No! they shall know my every name;
"In love to God, in love to man,
"This hazard great I now will run.
"So 'tis my love that will me bear;
"My dangers great I will not fear.
"If I am born them to go through,
" 'Tis his command, and it I'll do:"
And then the mysteries will be known,
The way that I am in thy form;
Because it is in Spirit strong.
I ask what man could lead thee on,
The way that I am leading here?
Thy youth is gone, old age appears;
And for the life thou now dost lead,
'Tis peace and safety in thy bed,
And nothing to disturb thy rest;
A single life thou hast often blest.
For well I know the heart of thee,
How thou'st rejoic'd from man thou'rt free;
And as thy days are hastening on,
'Tis only death thou'st wished to come,
To free thee from thy grief below:
Thou know'st thy words are often so-
"Then when the mighty work is wrought,
"Receive thy ready Bride;
"Give me in heaven a happy lot,
"With all the sanctified."
This is the language of thy soul,
To rest with me in peace;
But let them know 'tis my control,
To make men's jarring cease."
"The meaning of my being present in thy form, it is not in person, but in spirit; and now my form I leave to him, that I have designed for thee. And now come to thy printed Prophecies.
Second Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 31.
"I'll take her from the fowler's hand,
And put mankind to shame,
Unless like he they fearful be,
For to discharge their load,
That they are levelling so at thee,
And fear a powerful God.
So if she's high, then let her fly,
And take your charge away;
But if she soars too proudly here,
Her shotsman I will be;
I'll bring her low, they all shall know,
If she do soar too high;
And if beyond my bounds she goes,
She'll have no wings to fly.
I'll bring her low, you all shall know,
And she hath nought to boast;
For had I left her to herself,
She'd stumbled like the rest."
"Now I shall answer thee the meaning of these words:-
"I'll take her from the fowler's hand,
And put mankind to shame."
"It is thy being unmarried, having no earthly husband, make men mock the greater, to judge that thou lookest upon thyself the Lamb's wife, after the manner of earthly marriages; for know I said, in heaven they neither married, nor were given in marriage, but were like the angels in heaven. So that the Marriage spoken of in the Revelation, is spoken of an earthly marriage to take place, which is brought round by the Lord, to shew the sign of the end. Now I know the thoughts of thy heart, thou never judgedst it any other: for if thou hadst judged as the world judged, because I have visited thee by the spirit of prophecy, as I have visited the prophets before, and as I visited my disciples, and called them my friends and followers, and said, he that did my will was my brother and my sister and my mother, which were but names given; and so in like manner thou hast looked upon the Revelation without any marriage. But hadst thou judged it another way, and believed, as others have, that thou wast in reality the Bride, the Lamb's wife, joined together, as a Bride and Bridegroom are here upon earth, thou couldest in no ways enter into a marriage union with man; but know, when I told thee how the devil had been working upon thee to make thee miserable, and for wise ends I permitted it, to shame and confound him; then I told thee that no union of marriage should take place with thee, to join your hands, before I had joined your hearts, and brought it back to Noah's love and thine. And, as men say thou art too high, let them know I have now ordered to bring thee low, not above the rest, before nor after it cannot be, but with thy followers blest; and if thou goest beyond the bounds I have set for thee, thou wilt have no wings to fly; but if thou obeyest my commands, in every direction I have given thee, then a heart that I took from thee in thy youthful days I will return a likeness of in thy old age.
"So now thy youthful days I'll call them back,
Thou knowest how Noah did thy heart affect:
When that in anger thou stood'st with the man,
Thou heard'st his sorrows, how in love he mourned,
And thou repent'dst; thy folly thou dost know;
But still no power hadst thou thy will to do;
Because that heaven had so secured thy hand,
That thou in wedlock with him couldst not stand.
Because thy hand I've kept it for this day:
Mark all thy lovers; I hedged up the way
So much with thorns, thou never could'st go through
To gain a husband; bring all to thy view:
Now mark the age thy love did first begin;
The eighteenth year it unto thee is known.-"
"And now I tell thee it is for such a time as this that I ordered all the history of thy life to go in print, that all men might know thou hast been kept by my power; and clearly see from thy history, that thou couldest not act in a spirit of thy own; neither couldest thou have a will of thy own; for I have kept thee under the influence of my Spirit, to guide and guard thee to this day; and I have tried thee every way; I have tried thee by jealousies; I have permitted Satan to deceive thee, to see if thou wouldest go on by a wrong spirit; and when I found thou wouldest not, but saw thou wast wounded and cut to the heart, fearing what step to take; knowing my threatenings, if thou hadst gone back, that they were great; this made thee fear what to do, when Satan assaulted thee; but when thou hast begun to sink like Peter, like Peter I have held thy hand."
Here I ended, Wednesday night, Oct. 6th, 1813.
Thursday morning, as I was sitting up in my bed, about five o'clock, a flash of light came into my room, which I thought was the candle that blazed as it was going out; but immediately a loud clap of thunder followed; and then the lightning came flash after flash, and the thunder seemed to roll at a distance.
I was answered that, now the light should burst upon man; for his thunder they should hear one way or the other. For the meaning of preserving the Tree of Life was to bring the woman to perfect obedience, as all that are born into the world are born of the woman, and in her is life created.
"And now I shall answer thee, to make it plain to mankind
what is meant by being in my form.
"For now I tell them it is in the heart,
I've made like mine; and thou hast felt the dart,
In love and pity so to feel for man;
And thy petitions let them read again,
And then my likeness every soul may see,
The very way I've form'd the heart of thee;
And by the Holy Ghost, I'll not conceal,
That all these mysteries I to thee revealed,
What's for man's good and happiness below;
And in the end they'll surely find it so.
Beyond men's wisdom doth my Bible stand,
When the new heaven and earth do come to man."
"And now I shall come to the believers, as well as the unbelieving world; for all must come back to what I told thee before, that is sealed up in thy writings: know the vision I shewed thee of an immensely large room, and a large place filled up with beautiful caps for children, with a large rose in each of them, and beautiful robes for christening robes; and know I told thee-
"The children's robes they all must wear,
The christening caps put on."
"And this I said all must come to, like little children, to be born again. Know what I told thee of the believers, that they stood but as water-pots filled with water; they saw things but as trees walking; and in the end they would see, from their own wrong judgment, how wrong was the judgment that men drew of the Scriptures; and therefore I told thee-
"Back the footsteps all must trace,
And marvel what they've done,
And wonder how they could not go
In things that were so plain."
"And know I told thee of thy own wisdom, when Taylor and thee were contending about thy prophecies, and she proved her judgment clearer than thine. Know my answer-
"Is Taylor clear? I tell thee here,
Thou art no judge at all,
How things will go thou dost not know,
Thy senses I've drowned all.
For all thy jewels I have sealed them mine,
As men would steal them, if they brighter shined;
Because that knowledge they would have from thee,
Did I not blind thine eyes, thou could'st not see
The way thy writings must come in the end.
A marriage union was my full intend;
Or how thy writings could they e'er come true?
And bring the pages now before my view."
Strange Effects of Faith, page 225.
"I said thou'dst see the glittering stars appear to
Thy travail pains no longer then thou'lt mind,
When righteousness and truth together meet,
And love and peace will then each other greet;
And such a joyful day 'twill be for man,
As Adam found when I the woman formed;
And more than Adam men will stand amazed,
And more than Adam every one will gaze,
To see the knowledge from the woman's hand,
That by their wisdom they cannot command.
Because thy hand there is no man can read;
But soon they'll find the truth of all thou'st said:
"O heavenly wonder!" will mankind begin,
"Is this the bone was taken once from man,
"That now so closely sticks unto his side?
"One heart and soul together's now applied;
"How could the man upon her cast the blame?
"Was she deceiv'd; then he was just the same;
"And like the woman he might then reply,
"And never cast the blame on God most high.
"But now like Adam we must copy here,
"And give the glory to our Saviour dear;
"For if on God the man did cast the blame,
"Then now from God doth all our glory come.
"So on our Maker we the praise will cast;
"For 'tis from him that all our glory bursts;
"Since now the good fruit he hath handed down,
"That on the tree of knowledge then was found,
"And now the knowledge it is in her hand,
"By such writings, as we cannot command;
"And seal'd from us what shortly will appear,
"And what all nations have to hope and fear;
"And all our Bibles we see open wide;
"And now in Adam we see how we died;
"And so in Christ we now are made alive;
"For in the woman we died all at first,
"And in the woman now we're brought to Christ;
"That as in Adam man is pronounced dead,
"So now in Christ we see our living head."
"Now see the truth of my words, that I told thee thou hadst no sense at all to understand thy writings; for if thou hadst understood this thou wouldest not put in print that thou shouldest never be married. But to thy own weak judgment I left thee, till my appointed time was come. This discernment was neither in thee, nor in the believers. But here I have ordered thee to bring forward to the world the way I shall fulfil my Gospel; and let them that reprove, answer how they died in Adam, and how they will be made alive in me, any other way than I have pointed out to thee? Now come to the words of Paul."
1 Cor. xv. 43. "It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit; that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterwards that which is spiritual."
"Now let the learned answer the meaning of these words of Paul, how they will be fulfilled any other way than I have revealed to thee. Will they say I am the last Adam, that was only made a quickening spirit? Then I ask them what they make of my Gospel? and now come further to the words of Paul."
1 Timothy ii. 5, 6, 13, 14, 15. "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.-Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith and charity, and holiness with sobriety."
"Let this be answered by the learned, how they will explain it. I have already explained it to thee in part.
"Now come to my Gospel. Mark xiv. 3, 9. "And being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone, why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will, ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her."
"Here let the learned answer what good work the woman wrought on me? Or what I wanted of the woman to anoint my head?
"Now come to Luke xii. 40. "Be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath."
Luke xxiii. 28. "But Jesus turning unto them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?"
"This I shall leave for the learned to explain in their way. And now bring forward what I have already told thee is the language and judgment of men.
Second Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 81.
"We'll ne'er believe another Eve
"Can bring it back this way.
"Since guilt is come to every man,
"Then every man must fall;
"But still we trust there is a Christ,
"That died to rescue all."-
I died for man, it must be known,
But doth it yet appear
That true Salvation can be shewn?
Bring Jews and Gentiles here;
And will they say-"Salvation's free;
"For this we all believe;
"It was for us he bore the curse;
"We do not want an Eve
"For to appear her guilt to clear;
"Our guilt is done away;
"And Satan still may use his skill,
"He can no more betray;
"The woman first brought on the curse
"By Satan's artful hand.
"Shall we believe it at the last;
"That Christ in her will stand,
"To bring her near, the guilt to clear,
"To stand as she did fall?
"If true obedience be in her,
"He'll turn the guilt from all.
"Is this the wisdom of a God,
"This way to change the tide?
"To man such things were never know'd:
"The Bridegroom, nor the Bride;
"In all our Bibles, we allow,
"The Bridegroom is foretold;
"But we ask where the Bride is here?
"Shall we this doctrine hold?"-
I'll tell you where it doth appear;
Let learned men dispute,
And when their arguments appear,
I'll surely make them mute.
From Adam's fall, be it known to all,
The promise is foretold,
It was to Eve, let them believe;
The mysteries I'll unfold.
When they their reasons have assigned,
That this can never be,
My wisdom always stands behind,
And that you all shall see.
For blessed is the barren womb,
That never yet gave suck;
Because the time is hastening on
They'll find in her there's milk.
For milk 'twill be, they all shall see,
Although the breasts seem dry;
For as I made the water wine,
I'll bring it so this way."
"Now come to the Prophet Isaiah liv. 1, 6, 7, 8, 9.-"Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate, than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me."
"Now let the learned answer when this chapter was fulfilled, or how it is to be fulfilled, without the woman. For I tell thee, men place the Bible perfectly as the believers place thy writings, to judge all is spiritual: and so they judge of this chapter, that all is a spiritual allusion. And thou hast heard the contention about the chapter; some have placed it to the calling of the Gentiles: others have placed it to the calling of the Jews. But it will not be fulfilled in either, before it cometh like the chapter; that the Lord in mercy shall free the fall of the woman. I shall try the wisdom of the learned; as thou knowest I have explained the whole chapter already.
"Now come back to the Creation. Know it is said, "God created man in his own image: in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Here, let men observe, stand two to be created in that likeness, in the image of their Creator. Now come to Genesis ii. 7, 18.-"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." "And the Lord God said, It was not good that the man should be alone: I will make him an help meet for him."
"Now let men answer me, through the Scriptures, where the man is spoken of without the woman, or the woman without the man. In one likeness they are mentioned together; and the beginning of my miracles was at the Marriage in Cana. Then now come to thy prophecies, and let them look to thy writings, in what manner thou hast spoken of me, in what manner is thy pleadings, and in what manner thy petitions are made; then let them judge if thine be not a heart and soul formed by me to bring perfection in the woman. But if they say it is all of thyself; then now bring forward what I have said before: for I shall give them line upon line, and precept upon precept; here a little and there a little, that they may go on, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Wherefore, hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people."
Strange Effects of Faith, page 36.
"As she so boldly for her master stands,
Then now in thunder I will answer man.
And first, let thy original be traced,
And tell me now what mighty thing thou wast,
When first I took thee from thy native dust,
And in the garden thou alone wast placed;
Could'st thou brought forth the world as she hath done?
Or like the woman borne my only Son,
Without her aid, as she did without thine?
I tell you men, the mysteries are behind:
As from the woman you did all proceed;
Took from your side, man is pronounced the head;
But you must know you're not the perfect man,
Until your bone is join'd to you again.
So both together must in judgment sit:
And tell me, men, if her disputes were right,
To say my honour I had still maintained,
And plead with Satan as she hath begun?
Then both together you shall surely know,
I'll gain my honour by his overthrow;
For if the woman stands so much my friend,
You all shall find I'll stand hers in the end.
If from herself this love and courage came,
I tell you plain she is the head of man;
But if from me the Spirit first did fall,
I tell you plain I am the head of all;
And when her writings you have all went through,
Much greater mysteries must come to your view.
So by the woman now I'll surely stand,
As for my honour she did so long contend:
Ten days he held her with his blasphemy;
Ten days a hero she held out for me;
Then if these days I turn them now to years,
I'll prove her words, and man shall see it clear,
That every word was true, what she had spoke:
I'll gain my honour, her words I'll never mock.
So if men mock them now I tell them plain,
I'll gain my honour to destroy such men.
Then now thy judge let Pomeroy to appear;
all back thy words, and let him answer here:
Thou told'st him plain thy calling was from heaven;
And all the strokes, that then by him were given,
Could not prevent my labour's rising high:
It was of God was then thy every cry.
And now his thoughts let him look back and see,
What must have been the fatal end of thee,
If in thy weakness thou didst act the same,
To say from Satan all thy writings came;
By every sorrow thou'dst be compassed round;
But the Centurion let him now be found;
And then discern how I have placed thee here,
And judge which way the truth I now shall clear."
Matthew viii. 7-14.-"And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The Centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth: and to another, Come, and he cometh: and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus had heard it, he marvelled, and said unto them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out. And Jesus saith unto the Centurion, Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the self-same hour."
"And now as thou hast believed, so shall it happen to thee: for my servant shall be healed. And now go back to thy own faith, how thou contendedst with him, and told him that the work was of God, and he could not overthrow it. Know the promise I made thee that year, that it was the last year thou shouldest ever go through the distress and poverty thou hadst went through for me, because I had taken thee from thy labour so repeatedly; and great expenses I knew thou hadst been at, for many years, to obey my commands, till thou hadst wasted all the money thou hadst saved up; and then I told thee thou shouldest never want a penny more, or feel what poverty and distress were. Now in thy heart thou sayest, true are the words: for in blessing I have blessed thee, and in multiplying I have multiplied thee, in thy basket, and in thy store, in thy body, and in thy soul; and now thou art come like the Centurion, having soldiers under thee; and thou canst say unto one, go, and he goeth; and to another, come, and he cometh; and to thy servants, do this, and they do it: so that thou art now placed in authority, by my command. And know what I said before of thee, as I said of the Centurion, that I had not found so great faith in all Israel, as was in him; in like manner I have said to thee."
Strange Effects of Faith, page 59, given in 1794.
"For if thy master was denied,
By his own chosen race,
How can the words be e'er applied
In these dark evil days?
When unbelief so much abounds,
Faith on the earth there's none.
Like Abraham let their faith be tried,
Who offered up his Son;
Where is the man that would obey,
The sacrifice prepare?-
"It surely is not God's command:"
His faith would stagger there.
And yet they say there's but one faith,
The faithful that must be:
So strong a faith on earth there's not
As I have found in thee.
Thy faith is to the utmost tried
By men and devils here;
But when my promise is applied,
It keeps thee from despair;
And though I put thee off so long,
Yet still thou dost obey,
Thinking my word I shall perform,
Though I so long delay.
This is the language of thy heart,
That from my written word
Declareth none shall be deceived
That trusteth in the Lord.
So shall it surely be to thee,
Thou shalt not be deceived;
Because I know thy inmost soul,
How strong thou dost believe.
Though some have laughed thee to scorn,
And others did thee blame;
Thy steadfast heart doth still obey,
And thou art still the same.
Therefore I'll own thee for the Bride:
Thou art the evening star;
By thy appearance all shall know
That night is coming near.
The Morning Star is gone and past,
The Sun his course hath run;
The Evening Star doth now appear,
And Night is coming on.
Then in the night the Stars will shine,
And in the midst there's Seven,
Which never shall divided be
Until the whole are leavened."
"Now look back to the time when this was given, in 1794; let men consider how many years thou wentest on with difficulty, and no one to assist thee in thy labour for seven years, upon thy own expenses, and thy own industry; and let them see thy faith and courage, to leave thy own native place, thy friends, and thy relations, to come with strangers, trusting and relying on my promises, that I should raise friends for thee. And though thou sawest him fall back, and sawest others fall back; yet still my promises kept thee from despair; because thou judgest thy God as Abraham did; and the language of thy heart hath always been that thou couldest sooner believe there was no God, than thou couldest believe there was a faithless God. But thou always judgedst he was a faithful rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and that if I speak the word it shall be done, as the Centurion said of his servant. But I now tell thee, there are many who profess to be children of my Kingdom, who will be cast out for want of faith, while there are many from the east and the west, from the north and the south, that are now strangers to my Gospel, who will come in by strong faith.
"Here I have ordered thee to bring this forward; because thou art a living witness of the truth of my fulfilling my promises to thee; for thou must go back to ninety-two, which made me say thou hadst waited long. But now, from thee, let them judge on the one hand, and from Pomeroy let them judge on the other, how wrong was his judgment, and how darkened was his understanding, after he began to listen to the advice of men; and therefore I ordered thee to have all the letters reprinted in this book, that men might clearly see, from his letters, how his understanding was darkened, and how his judgment was wrong, and thine was right.-And now come to what I said before."
Strange Effects of Faith, page 51, wherein is explained how the malice of Satan first rose against the Son of God in heaven, next against the woman, whom the Lord created for man's happiness.
"But as his malice rose against these two,
I'll in the woman all my wonders do.
Are your ways equal now, ye sons of men,
For to condemn the thing that I have done?
Was not the woman simply left alone,
When subtlely the poisonous serpent came?
And by her weakness she was soon betray'd:
'Tis just, in her, that I should break his head.
Did man refuse to take the fruit she gave,
Or justify her how she was deceiv'd?
No; but upon her did he cast the blame.-
"Bring forth your arguments, ye sons of men,
As, by your wisdom, you can never see
Why in the woman every truth should be.
Had you ne'er stoop'd to eat the fruit at first;
You never should have stooped at the last.
But now my flock I'll lead them by a child,
Till all like lambs are brought into my fold;
And then my kingdom shall begin to reign.-
"But deeper mysteries I shall soon explain;
For as in hell the arts did first begin
To blast the pleasures that were coming on;
So now in heaven I say it is the same,
I see men's sorrows daily to increase;
I'll change the scenes, and bring to perfect peace.
But yet my thunder must before me roll,
To break in pieces the most stubborn soul.-
"From Cain and Abel I shall next go on,
For to explain the further fall of man;
And then the mountains in the balance come;
The little hills I weighed them in the scale;
And perfectly explained the woman's fall,
But now from Cain and Abel let you see
How soon the man like Satan came to be;
For then the tempter did like fury come,
More like a lion when he tempted man;
For when the shepherd he did first appear,
The Tiller of the ground laid vengeance there.
So the poor sheep were simply left alone;
Their Shepherd murdered by his brother's hand;
The Tiller of the ground was fled away.
Think on the horror that came in one day;
For in short time he did begin to reign,
Poured out his vengeance on the sons of men.
Now to men's conscience I will all appeal,
If he'd not make this world a perfect hell?
Fast as the lightning did his fury run;
Pour'd out his fury on the sons of men.
What anguish must the parents now endure!
No friend to comfort, but their souls despair.
This in my heart I surely felt for man:
Repent myself that e'er I did him form;
And grieved my Spirit to the very heart!
But for mine honour it could not depart;
Because that Satan did my promise claim.
Then now be wise, O all ye sons of men:
My promise great is turned the other way,
To those that will but my commands obey."
"Now let all the letters which thou didst send to Pomeroy, and his answers, and thy friends' letters to him, follow here."
Copy of a Letter from Joanna to the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy.
I have a message from God unto you. If you will not be a just judge, be an unjust judge, that I may be avenged of my adversary. Therefore render unto C3/4sar the things which are C3/4sar's, and unto God the things which are God's; but the things that are God's you have kept back, and you say, committed to the flames. Then my answer is, out of your own mouth will I condemn you: and you will find you have a God to deal with; therefore you must give a satisfactory answer, why you burnt the letters? And what they contained?-You may say, I am he that troubleth Israel; but I have not troubled Israel, but I am troubling you and your father's house, which I mean are the Bishops, because you call them reverend fathers in God. They have acted just like you, to keep back the truths of the Bible, as you have kept back the truths of my writings; they have denied the truths of the Bible, as you have denied the truths of my writings; they have denied the promise made in the fall to the woman; that though they must own it was a promise made, yet they deny it to be a promise to be claimed; or a promise that ever the Lord will fulfil. Then what do men make of their Bibles? It was to shew what mankind is, that the Lord ordered me to put the writings in your hands, and concealed from me, that you would go from your word, and not be as good as your promise. And now, sir, I must come to the purpose with you. You may think it strange, when I tell you, there is not one man upon earth, hath strengthened my faith so much to prove clearly my visitation from the Lord, as you have: you may ask me how? To this I answer: When I first sent to you concerning my prophecies, in 1796, you declared to me, they were never from the Devil; but have often pleaded with me, if they were not from myself? But I was the judge there; and knew they were not of myself; and as you affirmed they were not from the Devil, then I knew they must be from the Lord. Now, while you affirm my writings were not from the Devil you acted as a worthy, religious minister; as a wise man, as a good man, and as one that seemed to wish to be clear in judging, before you condemned. You told me, in 1796, you were willing to receive anything from my hands, that you might be a judge of the truth; and when the truth followed by the Bishop's death, you asked me in Mr. Taylor's house, and Mrs. Taylor's presence, in January 1797, if I could put into your hands the events of the wars concerning Italy, or England; then you would believe my calling was of God? The week following I put in your hands what would happen to Italy, which took place within the six months you mentioned; as you asked me what would happen in three months, or six months. I put in your hands, England would seek for peace, but in vain; for we had involved ourselves in such tumults of war, that the wise men, with all their wisdom, would not be able to make a peace; and that large sums of money would be demanded at the end of the year: all these truths, you know, followed. But I confess you simply asked me if I did not know these things from myself; which, you know, I told you, I knew no more from myself than your table. At the same time there were in the writings events that were to take place in years to come, that now seem bursting out in all nations; and you told me yourself, you knew they would be true; yet for some time disputed with me, if it was not from myself, or my own knowledge; but when I assured you it was not from myself, and I had no knowledge of my own, you asked me, why I did not publish to the world? For, if you was clear you were called of God, you would fear no man. And now, Sir, I am clear I am called of God; for the wondrous visitation that hath happened to me for the three months past, is impossible to come from any but a God; therefore I shall fear no man's words, neither shall I be dismayed at their looks: for little do men know what lieth before them. You know I put in your hands the truth of the harvests in 1799, and the 1800; and it has stood me in pounds to put writings in your hands, which you always promised faithfully to keep, and faithfully to deliver to me, whenever my Trial was: and now my Trial draweth near, and I shall hold you to your words, and to your promises; and if you go from them, I have more just grounds to publish you to the world, that the Devil has taken the advantage over you, than you could have to publish to the world that I was led by the Devil, to put your name in print, as the Lord had commanded me; but that command you said was from the Devil. Now, Sir, reflect on the change of your conduct: how you acted before, when you said my writings were not from the Devil, how faithfully you promised to act. How you said you would meet with six or with twelve to prove my writings. How you asked me, in Mr. Taylor's house, in 1801, to put the prophecy in your hands of that harvest, that I told you I had put in Mr. Jones's; for you said in Mrs. Taylor's presence, if you were to be the judge, the writings ought to be put in your hands; which I complied with, and carried them to you. You promised to keep the whole safe; and told me you had every one of my letters in your bureau, that you would keep safely for me. But as soon as the Lord put you to the trial, to see if you could bear the mockery of men, and the ridicule of the world, for his sake, by having your name in print, how soon did the fine gold become dim! How soon did you begin to act like Pilate, fearing the Jews! and just so you began to fear men, that you should lose your honour amongst them. But know what our Saviour said: He that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it; but he that saveth it, shall lose it. Now you tried to save your honour amongst men; and that is the way you have lost it: for the honour of the world worketh death to the honour of God; and that death you soon fell into; for you began in the Spirit, but you ended in the flesh. Here your wrath began, by fearing the honour of men; and you let the sun go down upon your wrath; and so you gave place to the Devil. Then you sent to me to give in my sacrament ticket, to turn me from the altar, which I faithfully delivered up to you, at your request, as I well knew there were other ministers I could go to, to receive the sacrament; but after that your conscience seemed to reprove you, you sent me a note to come again, and invited me to come by Mrs. Taylor; then, after that, you sent for me to give up the second note; and because I had mislaid it, and could not find it directly, you seemed to be angry that it was not returned; but as soon as I found it I faithfully returned it to you. Then you came to Mrs. Taylor's, and told her and me how you were situated, and how the ministers were all plaguing you, that you could not go into company, if I would not sign that you had said my writings were from the Devil. Mrs. Taylor expostulated with you, that you had never said they were from the Devil, but you had affirmed to the contrary; but you made answer, you had said it was from the Devil, my putting your name in print, which I confess was true: and as you cried, and said I should kill you if I would not sign it, I gave you the advantage of that word, as you thought it would reclaim your injured honour. But how did you yourself go on with principles to lose that honour, that you with subtlety went to claim? I returned to you every demand you had of me, by returning the sacrament tickets; though I never promised it before you demanded them, and then I returned them. But how unjustly did you deal with me! As soon as I demanded all my writings, you went from the promises of a man, refused to return me one of my letters, but told Mrs. Taylor that you had burnt them, and that you were persuaded to do it; so you broke your word, you broke your promise, and you dealt unjustly with me. Now do you think the Lord is another such as yourself, to break all his words, all his promises, and to act unjustly, as you have done? This change of conduct in you truly convinceth me, that you gave the Devil that advantage over you, that you published to the world he had over me. And now I shall call to your remembrance the words I said unto you in Mr. Taylor's house, when Mrs. Taylor said to me, she feared your advertisement would hurt the cause; you know I made answer, that was impossible: for what was of men would come to nothing, but what was of God they could not overthrow, lest they were found to fight against God. You answered, that was true. And now I answer, you are fighting against God: but you cannot fight against God and prosper. See how soon your eyes were darkened; see how soon your understanding was hid, when you were seeking the praise of man more than the praise of God; and the honour of men more than the honour of God. How did that honour you contend for, come to nothing by your own conduct, by not returning back my letters, according to your promise? This provoked the Lord to anger against you, and I was ordered to publish to the world all your conduct; so the honour you contend for, you yourself brought to nothing; but the honour of God, and the visitation of God, it is not you, nor all the clergy in England can overthrow. All the Bishops have been written to, that if they would come forward, or send twenty-four of their ministers, to meet the twenty-four whom the Lord has chosen, to have a fair investigation into all the writings for seven days, if they could then prove they came from the Devil, they should be then given up to their judgment; but this the Bishops have declined, as they know it is a thing impossible for man to prove; so their silence gives consent that the writings are from the Lord. The Religious Society* have been appealed to likewise; and they are silent. So all their silence gives consent, that the calling is of God, and they cannot overthrow it. But this way that you acted to overthrow it was like throwing of oil into the fire, and made the flames burn the greater. So you have been the murderer of your own honour, and convinced me clearly that it was you and not me, that was deceived by the subtle arts of the Devil. And now I shall come to Mr. Jones. The Lord commanded me to send Mr. Jones unto you, to reprove you, as Nathan reproved David; but you refused to hear the reproof, and blamed Mr. Jones for obeying the command, and returning the answer you gave him. Now I shall come to reason. Mr. Jones believes my visitation to be from the Lord, and in obedience to his command he waited upon you. Now if you blame Mr. Jones for doing that, I must beg you will throw off your gown: what use is your mocking of God to go into your pulpit, and tell people to obey the commands of the Lord, and then to go out of your pulpit and abuse them for doing the very thing that they believed the Lord had commanded them? For it is by faith we must be saved. And now I shall ask you one question: Supposing a Jew, who never believed in Christ but believed him an impostor, as the Jews do, yet if that man being a gentleman of great property, and wishing to have land like the Christians, and say I will turn Christian, I will turn to the Gospel, and I will take the sacrament, to worship what I believe an impostor, because I will have a title and honour amongst men; would not that Jew be a greater sinner, that could thus mock God in his heart, than the other Jews who would not worship him as a Saviour, out of conscience to the Lord, because they did not believe he was the Saviour-only trusted in one God? which, judge you, would be the greatest sinner? You must believe it to be him who mocked God with his unbelief; because it is from the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and the Lord judgeth not as man judgeth, by outward appearance; the Lord judgeth from the heart. So, from the faith of Mr. Jones, you must blame the man for doing what he judged doing his duty; and to sin against God and his own conscience. And is this advice worthy of a clergyman? Can you justify yourself in these things? I tell you, No. Your arguments were to bring sin upon Mr. Jones's head, and to blame him for doing what he judged was the will of the Lord concerning him. And now I shall come to my brother. You say, my brother ought to be horse-whipped, for claiming justice to be done to his sister. Then what religion do you preach? or how would you wish brothers and sisters to be united together? Ought not brotherly love to continue? Doth not my brother know the manner of my life, from my youth up to this day, better than you do? My brother knoweth I should bring no lies before him; he knew he could depend upon the truth of all I told him, and the unjust manner that you had dealt with me, my brother knows I should never have laid it before him, if it was not true. Then how can you judge my brother a Christian, a man of tender feelings for his sister, as a brother ought to have, if he would not support my cause when he saw me so unjustly dealt with, knowing I had no father living, nor no husband, to protect me? And now I must call to your remembrance your own behaviour to Mrs. Symonds, when you bid her go out of your house, in my presence, because you said her husband had offended Mrs. Pomeroy, and said, you would sooner forgive an offence done to yourself, than one that was done to Mrs. Pomeroy, as you could put harm from yourself, but she could not. Then how can you justify in yourself a principle you condemn in another? Can you prove to the world, that Mr. Symonds' affront to Mrs. Pomeroy was a quarter so great as yours has been to me? I tell you, No; and your own conscience must condemn you. Your offence against me is ten thousand times greater than Mr.
* The Society for the Suppression of Vice.
Symonds' was against Mrs. Pomeroy: for though Mr. Symonds
might use harsh words, yet his offence was only to have her stand to her
bargains she had made. Then where was the offence? Only you may say in harsh
words, and what harsh words have you used of my brother, when he acted in
my principles, that you thought right to justify yourself in? But it is
impossible for you to justify your cause, as much as it is for my brother
to justify my cause. So, if you would weigh these things together, with all
the conduct that you have acted since you said my writings were from the
Devil, you would see there was more reason for you to fear that the powers
of darkness had deceived you by temptations, than it was to believe that
I, in all things, was obedient to the Devil, doing everything that he commanded
me. Does not our Saviour say, the tree is known by the fruit? Now, what fruit
can you condemn in me? My life and character will bear the strictest scrutiny;
and I have feared sin more than death from my youth up unto this day. And
now I may say with Samuel, here I am before the Lord and before his anointed;
witness against me, whose ox have I taken? whose ass have I taken? or from
whose hands have I received a bribe, to blind my eyes therewith? But the
Lord is my judge, and is witness against you: and as wrong as Pilate condemned
our Saviour, much more wrong you have condemned me; because Pilate confessed
he was innocent; but he that tempted you to this evil has the greater sin.
And now I tell you, as all your conduct is in public print, and the manner
of your keeping back my letters, there is no way you can clear your honour,
unless you come forward with the truth, and acknowledge every letter that
was put in your hands, and the truth they contained, and assign your reasons
why you burnt and destroyed them. The reasons you assigned to Mr. Taylor
were, that you were persuaded to it. Then I answer, the person that persuaded
you to burn them, persuaded you to injure your honour and a good conscience,
as the world has tried to persuade me; but blessed be God, I never took their
advice: and it would have been happy for you, if you had never neither; but
went on as you began, till you could justify yourself before God and man;
and shew it plain to the whole world, that you were clear in judging before
you condemned. But you burnt my letters, as you say, because you knew, if
they appeared, you could not justify yourself in what you have done; but
they, being from the Devil, you would readily have produced them before the
ministers, and said I had never put any truths in your hands, and shewed
the letters to prove it. But as you did not then let the truth appear, you
must let the truth appear now; for it is not to say I am troubling you, but
the Lord hath commanded me to trouble you till you acknowledge the truth.
When I received your answer from Mr. Jones, the day following, I was as sick
as death, which continued all the day; and was deeply answered, the Lord
was as sick of your conduct and the clergy, as I was that day; but my sickness
he would never remove, till my brother had written to you a second time;
and as soon as my brother had written, the Lord removed my sickness from
me. Three months the Lord has taken my appetite from bread, or anything made
of the produce of wheat; and deeply are the words said to me, that if you
and the clergy go on, as they are going on, three years the Lord will take
bread from the nation, by bringing a total famine in the land; and my appetite
he will never restore more to wheat, till I have demanded the truth from
you: So must beg a satisfactory answer to this letter.
Taken from Joanna Southcott's mouth.
Witnesses, Jane Townley,
Dated, Sept. 17, 1804. Frances Taylor,
Copy of the Rev. J. Pomeroy's Letter to the Rev. Stanhope Bruce.
After near a fortnight's absence, I have found on my return a most extraordinary letter from that deluded woman Joanna Southcott, who is now, I presume, with you. Be so good as to assure her again of what I assured her about two years since, that (except her last) I have no letters, writings, or papers whatsoever of, or belonging to her: if I had I would certainly send them to her. Indeed, I know nothing of her, but from the insulting letters I receive, wherein I am treated with the most virulent abuse, for not doing what it is impossible for me to do-the scandalous reflections she has made; the misrepresentations of my conversation with her; the false accusations and charges she has made in her publications; the irreparable injury she has done to my character; and returning the good advice I gave her with so much evil, confirm me more than ever in my former opinion, that she is under the influence of a deranged state of mind, or the evil Spirit; for you must allow, that such injurious, ungrateful, and malicious conduct, cannot proceed from the holy and benevolent Spirit of God. Surely, Sir, such behaviour cannot meet with the approbation of yourself, or her other friends; therefore I hope that you and they will endeavour to convince her of the impropriety and sinfulness of it, and will prevail on her to desist from troubling me with any more letters, and from persevering in the diabolical practice of traducing my character in print; for which illegal, as well as unchristian, conduct, God will certainly bring her into judgment. Not having time to answer the many letters I receive respecting her, they must be returned unopened, especially as I have nothing further to say on this subject.
I remain, Reverend Sir,
Your humble servant,
Oct. 1, 1804. J. P.
To the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, Bodmin, Cornwall.
Rev. Sir, Oct. 8th, 1804.
I cannot pen my astonishment on hearing the letter read, that you sent to Mr. Bruce, concerning me, which I am bound in duty to turn back upon your own head. If you have so far stifled conscience, as to let it come as a swift witness against you, I have living witnesses of all the letters I put in your hand. Reflect how many letters Mrs. Boucher hath delivered to you from me; how many letters Miss Bird hath carried you, six sheets of paper at once at the end of 1797; consider how many letters Mrs. Taylor hath sent you by her servant; and how many Mrs. Symonds' children. Now I have living witnesses, as it is known to you, that copied off the letters that I put into your hands; and of a particular instance in 1796, the perfect truth of 1797, of Italy and England; the truth of the harvests of 1799 and the 1800; and the truth of the harvest of 1801; with many other weighty and true prophecies, that are now upon the Earth. All these you promised faithfully you would return, for me or against me; and you never told me in your life you had destroyed them; but you told me they were all safe. But, when I demanded them in 1802, you told Mr. Taylor you had burnt them; and said I had written you a severe letter for doing it. And when Mr. Taylor reproved you, you said you were persuaded to do it. Now you say I desire of you what is impossible for you to do. I grant it is impossible for you to return the letters, if you have burnt them. But is it a thing impossible for you to act as an honest, upright man; to acknowledge your fault in burning the letters, and betraying the trust that was put in you; and to act with honour, to acknowledge the truth they contained? Have you given yourself up so far to the powers of darkness, to have such influence over you, that it is impossible for you to act with honour and honesty? Then I have more reason to say your senses are deranged, and that you are led by an evil spirit, than you have to say I am deranged, or that an evil spirit leads me. Know what is said, the 12th chapter of Proverbs, 19th verse-"The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment." And the letter you have sent to Mr. Bruce is full of lies: as you say I have published false accusations and charges against you. Now, Sir, I can bring forward ten living witnesses, that I have published nothing concerning you but the truth; and your own conscience is witness against you. For if I had published anything that was false, the law is open, and you would appear to clear your own honour, if you could; but you know that it is impossible, unless you come forward to acknowledge your faults. Trying to conceal them only brings you deeper and deeper into them. Now, as to your saying mine is malicious conduct, to contend for the truth, you must put your Bible out of doors; but I think you have acted with injurious and malicious conduct towards me: First, to advertise me as a woman being led by the Devil; and said nothing else would free you from trouble; then to burn all the letters I had put in your hands, because the truth should not appear for me. Now where could a man act with greater malice and unjust principles than that? Now you say it is not consistent with a merciful and benevolent God, to visit you as I do, for your unjust dealing to me. Then what do you make of the prophecies of Jeremiah, 36th chapter 23rd verse? where Jehoiakim-"had read three or four leaves he cut it with a pen-knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire. Yet they were not afraid."-But know what the Lord said to Jeremiah, in the 28th verse: "Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned. And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the Lord: Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast? Therefore thus saith the Lord, of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David; and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. And I will punish him, and his seed, and his servants, for their iniquity." Now did the unbelief of Jehoiakim prevent the evils that the Lord had threatened against him? And did not the Lord command Jeremiah to warn Jehoiakim again, of the evil that he had done in burning the roll? Yet, when he did it, I suppose he judged Jeremiah as a deluded man as you judge me a deluded woman; but his judgment did not prevent the Lord from ordering Jeremiah to trouble him again; nor prevent the judgments that were threatened against him. Now the ridiculous judgment you have drawn of me, as being a deranged woman, does not make me so, no more than the unbelief of Jehoiakim made Jeremiah a false prophet; or the unbelief of Lot's sons proved their father an old fool; or the unbelief of the Jews proved that our Saviour was not the Messiah that was prophesied of. I do not tell you what my judgment is of you; neither do I ask you what your judgment is of me; I only ask for equity, justice, and truth; and that you have denied me. So I do not marvel at the ridiculous manner you have spoken of me; for people often hate those they have injured. And now the words of the Lord concerning you, are like the words of the Lord to Jeremiah, concerning Jehoiakim. In three things you have provoked the Lord to anger against you: in turning me from the sacrament, in betraying your trust, in burning the roll wherein the words of the Lord were contained; and so you have done despite to the Spirit of God. Now judge for yourself; if you say your honour is gone, who robbed you of that honour, but your own wrong conduct? Why have you not done in the first place, as you now say you would do, if you had got them now, you would return them? But why did you not return them when you had got them? Why did you burn them? Your saying what you would do now, is like a man that has committed murder, when he is called to take his trial, say if the man were now alive I would not kill him; and so I hope the judge will forgive me; because it is impossible for me now to bring the man to life: and so I know it is impossible for you to recall the wrong principles that you have acted with; but if you have any regard for the glory of God, or any regard for your own honour as a minister, you would now come forward to clear up every truth. I would not lie under the slander of your letter without coming forward to clear myself if you would give me a million of money. If I were to do so, I must disgrace my God and Saviour, whose servant I profess to be; and to know his will and obey it is the study and practice of my life: and the advice you gave me, in your letter, is like the advice of the serpent to Eve, and much more fatal than her end was, my end must be if I take it. So now if you wish to clear your honour, you must come forward with every truth. You see your letter is in print, as your false accusations cannot injure my innocence; for by the answer I have sent you, every man upon earth, that hath a grain of sense must know you cannot clear yourself if you are silent now. The letter that I sent you before, I shall put in print likewise; and I have not printed a word concerning you but I can affirm to be truth, and can bring forward witnesses to prove it. And now I see the wisdom of the Lord, why he ordered me to take witnesses with me, when I went to your house on any deep and weighty subject, which you know I told you I was ordered to do. And now, Sir, if you will come forward, and acknowledge every truth, tell who persuaded you to burn the letters, assign your reasons for listening to such wrong advice, then you may clear that honour you say you have lost; but you cannot fight against God and prosper. I know my calling to be of God; and I want nothing of you, but to acknowledge the truth of what was put in your hands; every particular concerning you and me, I was ordered to put in print. And shall I disobey the command of the Lord, to be a man-pleaser? I tell you, No. Whom ought we to obey, God or man, judge ye? Now, Sir, I shall conclude with saying, if I had put in print as false an accusation against you, as you wrote to Mr. Bruce against me, I should despise my name, and hate myself for ever. What do you make of that benevolent God, whom you mention, if you judge him another such as yourself, first to tell man he is in the right road and at the end to tell him that road was destruction? For just so was your good advice to me; for you always assured me, my writings were not from the devil, before I put your name in print; but I confess you did give me good advice, to say it would be fatal for me, if my foreknowledge and my writings came from myself and I had placed it to the Lord, but this advice I never wanted of any man, for I had a deeper sense of that sin than any man living could tell me; so I myself am the judge there. Now as you boast so much of your goodness, you have made all your good be evil spoken of, and the best of your goodness towards me, is the duty of every minister upon earth; for when any one is strongly visited by a spirit invisible, it is the duty of a minister to try to search out what that spirit is. So if other ministers neglected their duty, is it any excuse for you to copy after them? You say, Sir, you wish my friends to persuade me to trouble you no more; at this I do not marvel, for if you owed a person £5,000, and you were not able to pay him, you would be glad to get a friend to prevail on the man not to trouble you for the money. You are now running yourself deeper and deeper in debt to treat me in this manner, to rob me of all truth and innocence. But I am sorry to say you began in the spirit, and end in the flesh. The Lord grant you may see your errors before it is too late. This is my answer to your insolent and abusive letter, that you cannot come forward to answer in a word, to justify the letter you have sent; for I tell you it is full of falsehood and lies.
From your injured friend,
To the Rev. J. Pomeroy, Bodmin, Cornwall.
Rev. Sir, Oct. 8, 1804.
As no letters go to Joanna Southcott, but through my hands, the letter you sent to the Rev. Stanhope Bruce, concerning her, was brought to me, and I read it to her, and saw the agitation of her spirit, being provoked to hear your letter, that she affirmed was entirely false; and I have every reason to believe it is false, from what I have heard from Miss Fanny Taylor, who was with me a quarter of a year, and said she copied many of the letters for Joanna to you; especially that of the 1797, foretelling the events of England, and Italy, and many other letters, that had come true; and she perfectly remembered hearing her mother say, all that Joanna had said of you was true, who knew more particulars of private conversation than she did. Now from this assertion of Miss Fanny Taylor, and the spirited manner Joanna immediately answered for herself, ordering your letter to be put in print, giving her answer so clearly to it, that she is ready to come forward to answer to every truth, and demanding your coming forward to answer for yourself; and having daily seen Joanna ever since the 20th of April, that she came to my house in London; and having seen in her the most perfect, upright, just, and innocent dealings; that she acts with no deceit, no falsehoods, or arts, and perfectly answers the character I had heard of her, from many respectable people, that she was truth, innocence, and simplicity; and perfectly so I have found her. This makes me think you, Sir, are the transgressor, and that she is innocent of what you have laid to her charge. But if you come forward, and can prove your assertions to be true, I shall be open to conviction; but you must think you were writing to madmen and fools, if you think we should persuade Joanna to be silent to your slanderous letter against her; then you and the world might think we are supporting falsehood and deceit for which I should despise myself; and as her books that are lately printed have been taken by my hand from her mouth, I should disgrace myself if I were not to call you to an explanation of your letter, that I may know if she had told me anything false. If you can prove that, I have done; but I cannot rely on your words, except you come forward to prove your assertions. Joanna is ready to meet you at the trial, and demands nothing of you but the truth. Now if you are not ashamed to own the truth, you will certainly come forward to clear yourself. If you do not, what must you think of yourself, to injure the character of an innocent woman, to try to set all her friends against her; which you must do, if we believe your assertions to be true; but if you cannot prove your assertions, I have more reason to believe an evil spirit visits you than her; as I am convinced from the manner the words flow from her mouth, since she has given up her pen, and the beautiful manner that the Bible is explained, for the glory of God, and good of mankind, it cannot come from an evil spirit; and it is impossible for a woman of herself to go on with the explanations as she doth, as the words frequently flow faster than I can pen them. Now, Sir, what must the world think of me, after having so warmly espoused her cause, and asserted publicly my belief that her writings came from the true and living God, if, after perusing your letter to the Rev. Stanhope Bruce, I did not boldly step forward to clear her character, if she is innocent of your charges against her, and demand you to come forward and prove your assertions? It is a duty I owe to my God, to Joanna, myself, and all those friends who are fellow labourers with me in the Lord's vineyard: for a cause like this cannot be trifled with; and for my own honour and credit, if you do not come forward like a gentleman, to clear up every truth, I shall compel you to do so. Now, Sir, you talk of Joanna's injuring your character. I must appeal to your own conscience, whether you have not injured it yourself? You must be assured, if Joanna's calling is of God, which I as firmly believe as my own existence (and Joanna saith she is sure of it), that the Lord will clear her innocence, and support me in vindicating her cause. Now I shall conclude my letter with the words (6th chapter of Esther, 13th verse) that Haman's wife and the wise men said unto him: "If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him." So if Joanna's calling be of God and your honour begin to fall before her, I know you will never prevail against her, but will assuredly fall before her; because you have turned the grace of God into a lie, by saying she is led by an evil spirit. Now, Sir, I must entreat an answer to my letter immediately, after you receive this, or your silence will prove you guilty, and then you must expect to hear from me again: for in support of innocence and truth I fear no man. As a christian, you have my best wishes, that this letter may awaken you to a proper sense of your honour and duty to your God, Joanna Southcott, and yourself, and
I remain, Rev. Sir,
Your humble servant,
Please to direct to me at the Rev. Stanhope Bruce's, Inglesham, near Lechlade, Gloucestershire.
To the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, Bodmin, Cornwall.
No. 50, Titchfield Street, London, Sept. 28, 1804.
It will give me particular happiness if you will attend to the subject of this letter, which is purely intended to save your character from that disgrace and ruin, which must inevitably happen, if you any longer persevere in treating with contempt the applications made to you, to restore to Joanna those papers and letters, that were placed in your hands, for some years past, as a sacred deposit, that the truth should be made known of her most extraordinary visitation, without any possibility of deception, and which yourself believed at that time to be of the most awful and serious nature; and you certainly urged her then to have an immediate examination, to prevent the rod of affliction from falling upon this land. This conduct of yours to Joanna arose from those honest dictates placed in your heart, and did you so much honour as a real minister of Christ, for you, as a clergyman, at this day to attend to the humble request of an honest, simple woman, when, according to the pride of human society, they are so neglected and despised as scarcely to be considered human beings. Now, Sir, by what I know of Joanna's grateful and feeling heart, she could not but place entire confidence in you; and she would have parted with her life rather than have deceived you; and believing, as she did, that her visitation was from her blessed Lord and Saviour, you appeared to be the man after her own mind, that would prevent her from being deceived, if there was any possibility. And in that case you would have done honour to yourself as a man to have stopped her in her progress: and would have prevented thousands at this day from being deluded into error, whose numbers are daily increasing, believing with her, that her calling is from the Most High; and is also a powerful motive for her to be faithful to the truth, neither to deceive either her God or yourself, that she has placed confidence in. Now, Sir, I cannot, from these circumstances, but believe that the contents of the writings placed in your hands, of future events taking place, must, by your silence, have come to pass; but on the other hand as you have thought proper to treat her and her friends with the most silent contempt, you are departing from your duty to the world in suffering deception to go on; you are departing from your allegiance to your king, by bringing his church, which forms a part of his government, and the bishops, into contempt, at a time when we are threatened with every calamity from a powerful and ambitious enemy. But, Sir, if her calling is from Heaven, why deprive your king and country of the light of divine wisdom, at a time when we stand most in need of divine protection? If the cause is the cause of God, which your silence proves it to be, what line of conduct has Joanna to take, but to be obedient to the divine command in all things, and to follow the directions of the Spirit? Therefore, Sir, the laws of your king and country are commanded to be appealed to, according to human order; for her God is the God of order; and it is commanded for you to be compelled to be just, and the truth to be brought forth according to the English laws; and the advice of a gentleman of the law has already been obtained, and I am thus far permitted to inform you, that you will be compelled by a precept from the Court of King's Bench, or some other court of justice, to produce all papers and letters deposited with you in trust, and under your own promise, as a judge of the truth for her, in the hour of confidence; and if you do not, you will be obliged to declare the whole truth upon oath, why you have refused; and give satisfactory answers to all questions that shall be demanded of you; and inform the court of what the papers contained. Happy shall I feel if I am an instrument to prevent you from disgrace and ruin; and I hope you will consider this letter as the letter of a friend; for I know it is said to Joanna, that the Lord will not permit you longer to contend against his will; for you once believed it to be of divine authority, and encouraged her to proceed, adding these words, "you will wait until you bring the sword, the plague, and the famine upon us." Now, Sir, these words are your own words to Joanna, and are published to the world at large; which words you would not have used, neither would you have had any interview with her at all, if you had not had some belief, at that time, of the truth of her visitation. You also added, you would meet with twelve persons; and advised her not to wait until the sword came upon us. Why, Rev. Sir, do you continue silent? Why will you suffer people to have the least cause to suspect you to be a traitor to your king and country! Why not invite the church to come forth, and vindicate the cause of God and man? I have already told you the church forms part of our government, and you are one of its ministers; your opinion, as a minister, ought to be of consequence, and those gentlemen, whom you used to meet at the coffee-house at Exeter, ought to have some decency towards you. It was not for them to teach you what to believe, or whom you chose to converse with upon the subject of prophecy. They treated you with impertinence and disrespect; and, mark my words, these very men may be the first to condemn you, when they read in the public papers a true statement of what has passed in a court of law. These very men will exclaim against you for being guilty of a breach of trust. These supercilious coffee-house politicians will be the first to cry out against you; so that your character will be trampled on by those, whose opinion, or rather ridicule you have been such a slave to, as to make you betray the confidence of an innocent woman, who treated you with every respect, and placed in you the most implicit faith. You believed her to be a good woman, and an innocent woman; now you are trying to make her appear an impostor. But every one's character in a court of justice is of some value; and your conduct has forced her to take this step. The publicity of the proceedings in a court of justice must justify her conduct; and her duty to her God is of too sacred a nature to make her disobedient to his commands. Had you, Sir, the fortitude to treat with contempt the mockery and ridicule of ignorant people, whether in a coffee-house, or at any other place, and considered your dignity, as a minister, in its proper point of view, you would not have suspected Joanna to have been led by the devil, after having encouraged her to proceed. You must remember, when myself and six other gentlemen first came to Exeter, that the three clergymen waited on you with Joanna: the Rev. Messrs. Bruce, Foley, and Webster. As soon as you heard that the letter you had written to the printer in London, in which you forbid him to print, or make public your name in Joanna's Book of Letters, was at Exeter, you particularly desired that very letter to be returned to you again. Now, Sir, as soon as your wish was made known to me I gave it up; and it was conveyed safely into your hands. I would ask you, Sir, in the name of justice or honour, by what right can you withhold the letters and papers that Joanna placed in your hands, which she had copied at a great expense to herself, by your request, when she could ill-afford the money, even if you were under no express condition to return them to her when you were called upon? As a gentleman, you ought to comply, as I did, when your request was made known to me. I was not bound to return you that letter. It could be no breach of trust on my part, if I had refused your request; my conscience would not have been wounded by such refusal: I was not in the situation you have been placed in, with an innocent woman. Your breach of trust with Joanna, no one can justify; and all persons who have read the account of this transaction condemn you; whether they believe in her visitation or not, all alike condemn you. And when the proceedings of a court of justice are laid before the public, what can the world say of your character as a man, your duty as a clergyman of the church of England? Your being afraid of the slander and mockery of fools, in order to have the praise of fools, must sink you very low indeed! You ought to be their spiritual teacher, and to have resisted their impertinent mockery. The character of a minister of the Gospel they ought to have held in respect. Now view the conduct of Joanna towards you and the clergy on the one hand, and view the conduct of these men, whose praise you fear to lose, on the other; then examine your own heart and mind to find out who is your true and faithful friend. I need say no more. The different pictures are before your view. Joanna has a duty to perform to herself; she has a sacred duty to perform to her God, and the truth she cannot give up; and when her trial comes there must be nothing withheld.
I am, Rev. Sir,
Your sincere friend and well-wisher,
P.S. It is not too late for you to withdraw yourself from your present unfortunate dilemma; you may now pursue a noble line of conduct; throw off your chains of worldly applause, restore to Joanna her papers, and unite with her friends, with an independent mind, only to search out what is true.
Mr. Pomeroy's Answer.
Sir, Oct. 4, 1804.
Though I have neither time nor inclination to answer the many strange letters I have received respecting J. Southcott, that you may not suppose me capable of treating any gentleman's letter with contempt, I take the first opportunity to assure you, that (except one just received) I have no letters, or writings whatever of, or belonging to, that deluded, ungrateful woman. She herself knew this near two years since, so that to charge me with having any of her papers now, is to deceive the public, and wantonly to traduce my character. As to the menacing part of your letter, I wish to observe, that though it is impossible to produce what I am not possessed of, I shall be ready at all times, and in all places, to bear my testimony to what appears to me to be the truth; to vindicate my aspersed and injured character, and to maintain my opinion, with respect to the farrago of sense and nonsense, of Scripture and blasphemy, contained in her pretended prophecies; that such incoherent matter never could proceed from a sound mind, or from the pure spirit of wisdom. You are pleased to sign yourself my sincere friend and well-wisher; prove the sincerity of your profession, by exerting your influence to restrain her, and her printer, from the malevolent employment of exposing and vilifying my name, in such an unprecedented, and illegal manner, in direct violation of her own solemn promise; and by prevailing on her to desist from publishing, with such misrepresentation and shocking perversion, the confidential conversation, which at the earnest request of her friends, and out of compassion to the disordered state of her mind, I was induced to permit her to hold with me. In short, Sir, if you are possessed of a christian spirit, or even of humanity; if you have any regard for her, or her cause, you will immediately exert your interest and authority to prevent this unhappy woman from disgracing her own pretensions, and violating the laws of God and man, by thus continuing to add to the irreparable, and inconceivable injuries she has already done to the respectable name and sacred character of
Sir, yours, &c.
P.S. You will excuse my answering any future letters.
To the Rev. J. Pomeroy, Bodmin, Cornwall.
The Lord hath commanded me, once more, to write unto you from the words of Samuel, the following texts: First Book of Samuel, 15th chapter, beginning at the 22nd verse, to the end, "And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and thy words; because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now, therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle and it rent. And Samuel said unto him, the Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. And also the strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man that he should repent. Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God. So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord. Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. And Samuel said, as thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal. Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the Lord repented that he had made Saul king over Israel." And now I shall send you the words of the Lord given to Joanna and sent to me, as I had sent her a copy of your letter to me, which she submitted to the wisdom of the Lord; who graciously speaks to her, the same as he did in times of old, like one man speaking to another. But whether you believe this or not, the consequence is to yourself. I believe it, and the whole world will be made to believe it, I am afraid, to their sorrow; and, perhaps, the pride displayed in your letter, so enslaves your understanding, that you can neither believe it, nor the true sense of your Bible. Here are the words of the Lord to your blasphemy against him, and your abuse to Joanna:-
"Now let the words of Samuel be sent to Pomeroy, in my Name, the living God, and thus shalt thou say unto him, The anger of the Lord is kindled against you, because you have disgraced the living God, and mocked and despised all his words; therefore, they that honour me I will honour; and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed; for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry; for you have rejected the words of the Lord, to give unto him the honour due unto his Name; therefore I have rejected to give honour to him; and he shall know it is I the Lord have spoken by thee. And now I will speak to him, in his own words. He said the Lord had no work to do, but he could find instruments to work by; now I have found instruments to work by, for thee to carry on my work; and as he saith, that work is blasphemy, a farrago of nonsense from the devil, let him find instruments to work by to clear himself and come against thee. I have chosen for myself twenty-four to be judges for thee; and let him choose twenty-four to come against thee; then if they can prove it to be a farrago of nonsense and the works of the devil, thou shalt publicly ask his pardon in every paper, and the books that are against him shall be totally destroyed. So let him see I shall do him justice; and now with justice let him act. He is at liberty to gain ministers, and appeal to the bishops to gain them for him, or he is at liberty to gain other men, but he cannot have one of those ministers that the printed letters were sent to, who returned them back; but of all others he may choose for himself twenty-three to come with him; for I do not desire him to come alone, so many men against one; but let there be an equal number. But as he hath disgraced me the living God, and betrayed the trust I told thee to put in him, and who burnt the truth that was in his hands, he must appear to answer for himself in November. If he can be ready by the middle of November, thee and thy friends shall be ready also to meet him in London, to have the cause fairly tried for seven days. Then if he and his friends can join together to prove it a farrago of nonsense coming from the devil, thou and thy friends shall fall before him; then let him say, he hath put a stop to the works of the devil; but if he finds it like the days of Pentecost, and they are all convinced the Calling is of God, then let him say, "Blessed be the rod of the Lord! for how fatal must my end have been, if I had gone on in persecution against the Lord, and doing despite unto his Spirit! I know I could never appear before him; for if I tremble to meet a woman I have injured, how shall I tremble to meet a God whom I have mocked and despised, and set at naught all his counsels, counting the words of the Lord unholy things?" For he must know if thy calling be of God, it is he that is committing the blasphemy that cannot be forgiven without sincere repentance; therefore he must appear to answer for himself, lest I destroy him and his house; neither shall he put it off to a future day; for in November, this very year, shall everything be tried and proved; so let these words be sent unto him in print with the other letters; and he must send a satisfactory answer immediately to Sharp."
These are the words of the Lord to Joanna Southcott, given
this day, Thursday, 11th of October, 1804, taken from her mouth by me,
Witness, Ann Underwood.
Now, Sir, after sending you these awful words, no person
can, from reading them, say, they are from any other authority than the pure
spirit of wisdom. In this proposal there is nothing but justice and equity:
when the truth appears, the impostor is no more. And I should not presume
to add a word from myself, but my character stands condemned by you, as well
as all Joanna's friends, for having encouraged blasphemy and lies, unless
you suppose us to be madmen or fools, and you have the exclusive possession
of a sound mind. You desire me to prove the sincerity of my profession
in signing myself your sincere friend and well-wisher; which I have now
faithfully done, not only in my endeavours to prevent you any further from
degrading yourself, but begging of you to accept the gracious invitation,
by coming forth with your friends to meet Joanna's friends. If you
refuse, you stand condemned, as you condemn us by your letter, in casting
on us the reproach of supporting Joanna in lies, and encouraging her to be
an impostor. You say your own name is both respectable and sacred;
I have a name also, which I will not disgrace; I have a character to lose,
which I am not to be cheated out of by any arts that you may contrive by
vain boasting words. That deceit and imposition may be exposed, your letter
and others now are before the public, because you refuse the usual
correspondence; and the sincere conduct of Joanna's friends will appear to
the public, in consequence of your refusal; who are all condemned without
trial. You have brought your respectable and sacred character
into that situation from which you shall not retreat; for you declare, under
your own hand, and here are your very words, "I shall be ready at all times,
and in all places, to bear my testimony to what appears to me to be true."
Now, Sir, instead of your letter being burnt, you have produced the
opportunity of seeing yourself in print, that we may all come to the standard
of truth. I shall for the present say no more, as the rest of Joanna's friends,
who perfectly understand the value of character, better than yourself, will
vindicate their injured honour, and they will not be trifled with to pass
over your conduct with impunity. I now expect your answer to this just proposal,
and you will well consider, if you act in opposition to divine authority,
your family has more claim to your compassion and tenderness, than your pride.
These, Sir, are the concluding words of your sincere friend, and
P.S. I particularly desire you to attend to the former part of this letter, as far as the name of Joanna's two faithful friends, for they are the words of the Lord to you. Your answer must be sent to me.
To the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, Bodmin, Cornwall.
Rev. Sir, London, Oct. 17, 1804.
Your letters, dated the 1st and 4th instant, sent to the Rev. Stanhope Bruce, and to Mr. Sharp, in consequence of their extraordinary contents were submitted to our consideration; therefore it is presumed that you will not be greatly surprised at receiving this address upon the subject; and as we are plain men, aspiring to no other pretensions than a zeal for honesty and truth, we trust that the simplicity and openness with which our animadversions may be made will have some effect with you.
It appears to us that the general tenor of your two letters is, in the first place, to avoid what might have the semblance of a candid answer to the appeal made by those gentlemen to you, as well as to withhold every information; then to make your letters serve as vehicles of abuse against Joanna Southcott; and ultimately to obtain the applause of the world, by charging her friends with wilful dishonesty, and with folly, in supporting her cause.
From the style in which you have written, we feel no kind of disappointment, by seeing that you designedly avoid to disclose truths that must be well known to you; but that you should have recourse to a quibbling evasion, in order to put on the appearance of candour and openness, we conceive to be very unsuitable to your sacred character. We need not point out to you what is alluded to; but to the public, who cannot be supposed to be acquainted with your conduct to Joanna, we shall explain wherein you amused yourself in trying to find the depth of our folly. Knowing that Joanna had evidence of your saying in 1802, that you had burnt her papers, you now come to assure us, that you "have no letters, or writings whatsoever of, or belonging to, that deluded, ungrateful woman. She herself," you also say, "knew this near two years since; so that to charge you with having any of her papers now, is to deceive the public." Thus it is intended it should be understood, by the ambiguity of your expressions, that you never had any of her papers in your possession. And, you also insinuate that you know nothing of her, but from the insulting letters you have received; yet you contradict this where you charge her with misrepresenting "the confidential conversation, which at the earnest request of her friends, and out of compassion to the disordered state of her mind, you were induced to permit her to hold with you." You then proceed by calling it virulent abuse on her part for claiming her property; and which you artfully say is impossible for you to do; but you refrain, probably out of tenderness of conscience, from saying that it never was possible, or how that possibility has been put out of your power.
What gratification it may have been to you, Sir, we know not, but your calumny against Joanna seems most cordially studied to wound her feelings. You intended, no doubt, that it should operate several ways, when you insinuate that she is deranged in mind; but your principal aim, by such an imputation, is to ridicule her friends for want of discernment, in not having made a similar discovery with yourself; and then to implicate them in a criminal collusion, for the purpose of deceiving others more ignorant than themselves.
Now, Sir, we think it highly incumbent upon you to reconsider the charges, which you have made; and also your conduct in various ways towards Joanna; for, be assured, they are of too serious a nature to be passed over by us in silence.
In the first place, what must you judge our principles to be, to support a cause as of divine origin, that we should abandon it, because you think it convenient to assert that Joanna has uttered falsehoods, and that she is an impostor; and in the same breath, with very little consistency, that she is deranged in mind? Then we must be the most arrant fools indeed, to believe your malicious report, before you come forward to prove your assertions. For thus we should do violence to our own understanding, by condemning the innocent, or clearing the guilty, without evidence. And again, how are we to know whether any falsehood can be attributed to Joanna, if we follow your advice? and, should we either acquit our consciences, or have any pretensions to honesty, by so doing? No, Sir; our reason must inform us, that for our own honour we can in no wise give up the cause in such a manner; neither will we relinquish you, Sir, until we have cleared our honour from the injurious aspersions contained in your letters. And we shall further observe to you, that if we did not believe Joanna's calling to be from the Supreme Being, we must certainly be guilty of the most atrocious crime, and your slanderous charges must then be well founded; but, as this is our firm belief, we are compelled to act as we are commanded; whether it be to print any thing concerning your most deceitful conduct to her; or to be under the necessity of noticing your malicious, though impotent, insinuations against her friends.
To come more immediately to the purpose of our addressing you, we say, that your accusations, if they are false, must reflect great dishonour upon your sacred character; but, if true, they throw disgrace upon Joanna, and upon her friends. We therefore solemnly call upon you, sir, to clear up your honour, if it be in your power, by proving the assertions and insinuations, which you have made. For we are now determined to investigate the matter thoroughly; and to find out whether the fault is to be attributed to Joanna, or to yourself; because that one or the other must clearly be guilty of falsehood. We have characters to support, Sir, as well as you, and hitherto unimpeached; therefore we will not dishonour our pretensions, by supporting falsehood. We have done nothing artfully, nor deceitfully; neither will we consent thereto, nor conceal it where we find it done. This cause, in which we are engaged, we consider as a cause of honour; and in it we know of neither fraud nor collusion. The object of our pursuit is truth; and the truth we are determined to stand by; and to expose whoever makes lies his refuge. We contend for the honour of Joanna, and of ourselves; and that no folly may be laid to our charge, through any base and interested motives, or through prejudice; we contend for justice and for truth; we contend for the glory of God, and for the good of mankind. You are a christian minister, and to our astonishment, you contend that on your bare word, and without examination, we should desert a much injured woman, who is prepared with evidence to prove that you withhold her just right from her; and to prove that you have vilified her good name: and what is still more awful, you contend that the verity of her mission should not be examined into, so that it may not be refuted if unfounded, nor established if it be true. Thus, on the one hand, you uphold a continuance of delusion among thousands of simple and well-meaning people; or on the other, that the author of sin may triumph in his fall, in the ruin and misery of millions of human beings.
Again: we call upon you, reverend Sir, to take a retrospect of your conduct. We have what we judge to be indubitable evidence of your having expressed very different sentiments respecting the mission of Joanna, compared with the artful, opprobrious, and insulting tenor of your late letters. You may imagine, Sir, that they may be well suited to screen you from the ridicule of the world, by appearing to do away the imputation of your having been formerly more attentive to the pretensions of one whom you now call a poor, deluded woman. But it may be worthy of your consideration, that the cause at issue between you and Joanna claims a different mode of conduct; for the only way remaining for you to act honourably is to bring your charges forward; and we are ready to meet you to examine them, and to exhibit our evidence upon the subject.
To conclude: you must be sufficiently aware, reverend
sir, that at all times, when any great good has been designed for mankind,
the evil power has never failed to gain over human agents to counteract it;
and now that universal blessings are promised, and the destruction of that
power threatened, that he will make more than usual exertions to avert his
destiny; let us all therefore watch and pray, that he may not be able to
uphold his reign by means of any respectable name and sacred
(Signed) Rev. Stanhope Bruce.
Rev. T. P. Foley,
I hereby subjoin an Extract of a Letter from the Rev. T. P. Foley, to shew that my Friends in the Country agree in the Sentiments expressed in the foregoing Letters.
'I must confess that Mr. Pomeroy's letters provoked my indignation in a great degree. Can he foolishly suppose that we have no characters or honour to lose as well as himself? I trust that we shall shew him that ours are as dear to us, as his own; and that we shall contend for them to the last moment of our existence.-He calls Joanna a deluded woman; and that she is deranged, or led by an evil spirit. If Mr. Pomeroy would only weigh the matter coolly and honestly, he might think, as so many persons of strong understanding and clear judgment do believe in the divine mission of Joanna Southcott, that he himself might be deluded, and not her; and if he were to try the spirits by the Scripture rule, he would have some solid reasons to believe that the spirit which guides him was an evil spirit, as truth, honour, nor honesty, guides his own proceeding; and he would see that the spirit which guides Joanna is full of truth, honour, and wisdom. Were he to act in this fair way, there would be no difficulty in drawing the right inference; and he would be put in the right road to establish his own peace and happiness.'
Here I shall also add a Part of a Letter from Miss Townley to Mr. Sharp, containing some Remarks of mine, and the Words of the Lord, respecting the Conduct of Mr. Pomeroy.
Joanna says, that Mr. Pomeroy's conduct has made her quite sick and bad, which has opened all her wounds afresh. His subtle arts, two years agone, appear more lively before her than ever; for she saith, he acted like a man that would dip a razor in oil to cut her throat; first to come with such subtle arts, pleading it would be his own destruction, if she would not sign, that he had said it was the Devil that told her to put his name in print; and as soon as he had drawn her in to free him from the ridicule of the world, then he burnt all her letters, wherein the truth of her prophecies had stood for so many years; because the truth should not appear for her. And now he is going on with more subtle arts, to be her complete murderer if he can. Joanna was again highly provoked when she saw in the newspaper what was said of Spain, which she prophesied of in January, 1797, and put it in Mr. Pomeroy's hands, with many other prophecies, that she did not then keep the copy of, as he had it in her own hand-writing, and in Miss Fanny Taylor's hand also; as Joanna did not then suspect he would act so deceitfully; and the Lord concealed it from her, but charged her to have witnesses concerning them. And now the Lord will call him into judgment, to shew him that such artful and deceitful dealings are never consistent with the Spirit of God. The words of the Lord now broke in upon Joanna. "I shall answer thee of what thou sayest of Pomeroy. Pomeroy shall know, that such artful and deceitful dealings as he hath dealt with to thee, never came from my Spirit; therefore he shall know he hath disgraced his God, to say that he is led by my Spirit to act with arts, deceit, and lies; and to say thou art led by the Devil, that dost act with every true, just, and upright dealings towards God and towards man. Let them see thy upright dealings, to put the prophecies in his hands, when thou knewest, if they were not of God they would not come to pass; then he would have had it in his power to convince thee thy calling was false. So all the world must see, that thou hast acted with honour, and with honesty towards God and towards man; for thou couldest not deceive the world, if the prophecies that thou didst put in his hands had not come true. Now when he published it was from the Devil, he ought to have acted with justice and honesty, to have brought forward the letters and proved his assertion. But if he could not prove it by the letters, how dare he affirm it, and burn the letters, that shewed the truth, from whence thy writings came? So let not Pomeroy say, he that acteth with arts and deceit is led by the Spirit of the Lord; and they who act with every upright dealing, in perfect obedience to their God, are led by the Devil! So by the different principles, let men judge of the Spirit. I am thy Judge, and witness against him, that thou canst come forward with truth and with innocence; but he cannot; therefore he shall find he is deceived, and is deceiving, and the truth is not in him, to say thy writings are from the Devil; for they are no more from the Devil, than thou hast printed lies against him, but hast put the truth in print, as I commanded thee: and I shall be a swift witness against him in his trial, that thy writings are from ME the LIVING GOD, and not from the Devil, as he said."
The following Letter is from the Rev. T. P. Foley to Mr.
To the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, Bodmin, Cornwall.
Old Swinford, Worcestershire, Oct. 16, 1804.
I must confess I read a copy of your letter, either to Mr. Bruce or to Mr. Sharp, with the keenest sorrow and indignation; I was grieved most bitterly, to see a clergyman of such respectable ability and general character as yourself, so far lost to every honourable and religious feeling as to declare positively, with a view to impose upon and deceive the friends of Joanna, that you have no letters, or writings whatever, belonging to Mrs. Southcott, whom you are pleased to term "a deluded and ungrateful woman, and that she herself knew you had no letters or writings of hers near two years since, so that to charge you with having any of her papers now was to deceive the public, and wantonly to traduce your character." But will you permit me, Sir, to ask you, what is become of those letters, which she sent you, from 1796 to 1801, and those writings of "three sheets of paper," that were put in your hands in 1797, upon your promising, faithfully and honourably, to bring them forward, either for or against her, when they should be demanded? Can you, with a safe conscience, lay your hand upon your heart and say this is an untruth? I do not believe you dare do it: for I can assure you, we have full and decided proof to the truth of this statement. And we shall be happy to meet you, in the face of an assembled world, and will try the cause with you, whether we are supporting Lies and an Impostor; or, whether your accusations can be established. Allow me to tell you, that our honour and characters are as dear to us, as yours can possibly be to you; and we will contend for them (the Lord giving us strength) to the last moment of our existence; nor are we afraid to meet yourself and any twenty-three men in this kingdom (except those who have received letters from Miss Townley, and have returned them back, or destroyed them; for with such, we have sworn unto the Lord that we will not meet) to decide this serious and most momentous cause; for it is either the cause of the Most High God; or, it is the cause of error or delusion-and therefore it is high time to be decided which. For if it should prove to be a delusion, thousands and tens of thousands will be ruined-and how can the bishops and clergy, who have been appealed to, answer for themselves to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, for not having diligently searched into the cause, which I know to be one of the first importance that ever came before mankind, and second only to that of our blessed Lord, when he was tried at Pilate's bar. What will be the astonishment and confusion of the Shepherds of Christ's Flock, when they have demonstrative proofs, that this is his blessed and glorious work? Will they not, think you, be almost ready to call upon the mountains and the rocks, to fall on them, and to hide them from the face of Him that sitteth upon the Throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb? For they will find the day of his wrath is come: and who will be able to stand? I tremble for their situation, as well as your own; and I do most faithfully believe, that without a hasty and hearty repentance, that many will ere long be swept away, by the just judgments of the Lord. I sincerely hope, and pray, that your eyes may be opened, before it is too late, that you may be sensible of the evil one, who has deceived you and not Joanna; and that you may turn unto the Lord with deep contrition, and be forgiven-and come forth boldly in this glorious and divine work of the Lord; and I shall hail you with much joy, as a brother snatched from the burning.-The proposal that is now made to you, is so fair and just, that you cannot possibly shun accepting it, without you will sit down with all possible infamy upon your own head. We shall then take it for granted, as you yourself have declared, that you "will be ready at all times, and in all places, to bear testimony to what appears to you to be truth, and to vindicate your aspersed and injured character:" that you will come forth next month, with twenty-three proper persons to meet the twenty-four that we believe to be chosen by the Lord; and then, after seven days Trial, it will be proved to the world, whether you have acted with truth, honour, and justice; or, whether we (the friends of Mrs. Southcott) have acted with truth, honour, and justice, to the world, for the glory of God, and the good of mankind-and let the final result stamp our character, either with infamy, or crown us with the palms of victory.-I cannot pass over the following charge without a few words: you say Mrs. Southcott "is a deluded and an ungrateful woman."-I have had the happiness of knowing her for near three years, and I have lived great part of that time in the same house with her, and I do declare, that I never met with any person in my life of a clearer and more sound understanding, than what she possesses. And as to her ingratitude, I do not think there is that being now in existence, who deserves less the accusation than she does; for in all her transactions, which I have witnessed, piety, charity, honesty, and the strictest honour, have ever borne the supreme and only sway; and therefore, you must allow me to believe, that you are deceived in your accusations; and so I am persuaded you will find it, when all matters come to be fairly and honestly investigated.-I shall conclude with heartily wishing you may weigh every thing with candid and impartial justice; and that honour and truth may hereafter guide you: for we know, "The Lip of Truth shall be established for ever."
I am, Reverend Sir,
Your sincere and faithful Brother
in the Lord's vineyard,
Thos. P. Foley.
The Answer of the Spirit to the foregoing Letters.
"Thou sayest thou art surprised that a man like Pomeroy, endowed with his understanding, could write such answers to thy letters; but know what I told thee before-to the temptations of Satan, and his worldly-wise friends, I left him for awhile; but as he advertised that thou wast led by the devil, and he pretended himself to be under the influence of the Lord; and that his wisdom was greater than I had directed thee in; and to his wisdom I left him. And therefore I ordered thee to contend with him by letters, to prove what his wisdom was, that he had got from men and devils, and was so powerfully led away by. And now I tell thee, there is not that man upon earth, that can prove that he acted with wisdom, that he acted with prudence, or with the justice of a minister. Let men read thy reasonable request, and what thou desiredst of him to give a satisfactory answer to; and let them look to his answer; then let them judge which was most likely to be under the influence of the Lord, under the guidance of divine wisdom, Pomeroy or thee. I shall take thy inquiries, and his answers."
Joanna's inquiry:-'Now sir, while you affirmed my writings were not from the devil, you acted as a worthy religious minister, as a wise man, as a good man, as one that seemed to wish to be clear in judging, before you condemned. You told me, in 1796, you were willing to receive anything from my hands, that you might be a judge of the truth, and when the truth followed, by the Bishop's death, you asked me, in Mr. Taylor's house, in January 1797, if I could put into your hands the event of the war, concerning Italy or England; then you would believe my calling was of God. The week following I put into your hands what would happen to Italy, which took place within the six months you mentioned; as you asked me what would happen in three months, or six months. I put in your hands, that England would seek for a peace, but in vain; for we had involved ourselves in such tumults of war, that the wise men, with all their wisdom, would not be able to make a peace, and that large sums of money would be demanded at the end of the year. All these truths you know followed.'
"This was thy inquiry to him; but what was his answer? Did he write back and say, thou never hadst put it in his hand? or did he write and say, what was truth he would acknowledge to; for he must own these things were put in his hands; and therefore he would own the truth, though he could not produce the writings. Had he done this he would have given some answer to thy letter. But now come to his answer."
Mr. Pomeroy's Answer to Mr. Bruce.
'After near a fortnight's absence I found on my return a most extraordinary letter from that deluded woman Joanna Southcott.'
"Now let all his wise men appear, all his boasters of their self-wisdom; and let them answer for his letter; let them be put in a court of justice, and let one counsellor plead thy cause, from thy letter; and let the other counsellor plead his cause from his letter; and then let them judge who would gain the day, he or thee. Thou sayest it is impossible for him to gain a counsellor to plead his cause, to get the day, when you come to justice, equity, and truth. There is none that can be found in his letter; neither can he himself plead his own cause, in any court of justice, to prove the truth of his assertions, what he wrote in his letters; but thou canst come forward boldly in any court of justice, to plead thine own cause, that every word was true, that thou didst send to him; and any counsellor can come forward with boldness to plead thy cause, in thy letter, from what was affirmed by the witnesses afterwards. Then now let his worldly-wise men appear, and try the cause for him; let them regain his injured honour, and see which way they will plead the cause, to justify him, and condemn thee: if they attempt to justify him, then righteousness must be fallen in the streets, and equity cannot enter: then it must be done by a people that are without understanding, if they pretend to come forward now, to prove the man was right in advertising that thou wast led by the devil, and he to be led by the Spirit of the Lord, or under the influence of my Spirit. I tell thee he was not; for I left him to the wisdom of the wise men in whom he trusted, to shew him plainly his folly in the end, that the wisdom of the wise men is perished, and the understanding of the prudent men is hid. Now come further to his letter.
"He saith, 'Be so good as to assure her again of what I assured her about two years since, that, except her last, I have no letters, writings, or papers whatever, of or belonging to her; if I had, I would certainly send them to her. Indeed, I know nothing of her, but from the insulting letters I receive, wherein I am treated with the most virulent abuse, for not doing what it is impossible for me to do.'
"Now come to the demand which thou didst make of him.
'Sir, I am clear that I am called of God; for the wondrous visitation that hath happened to me, for three months past, is impossible to come from any but a God; therefore I shall fear no man's words; neither shall I be dismayed at their looks; for little do men know what lieth before them. You know, I put in your hands the truth of the harvests in 1799 and the 1800; and it hath stood me in pounds to put writings in your hands, which you always promised faithfully to keep, and faithfully to deliver to me, whenever my Trial was.'
"Now let men come to my Gospel, and answer me, if this request is not just, according to the demand I made in my Gospel.
Luke xii. 1. "He began to say unto his disciples, first of all beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be made known; therefore, whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear, in the closet, shall be proclaimed upon the house top. And I say unto you, my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more power that they can do; but I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear; fear him which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say unto you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God."
"Now let men come to my Gospel, and see what my command was there-that nothing should be covered, but should be made known; then wherein will men prove there was any inquiry in thy letter, that I have not left upon record should be revealed and made known; and what was spoken in darkness, should be heard in the light? Therefore I told thee, he that believed my sayings would believe thine; because thou hast testified of me. But know, I said, that at my second coming I should scarce find faith on the earth. But here I have brought men to my Gospel, to compare with thy inquiry.
"Now come further to his answer.
"He saith, 'the scandalous reflections she has made, the misrepresentations of my conversation with her, the false accusations and charges, she has made in her publications, the irreparable injury she has done to my character, and returning the good advice I gave her with so much evil, confirms me more than ever in my former opinion, that she is under the influence of a deranged state of mind, or the evil spirit.'
"Now I ask mankind, how this can be proved in a court of justice? And let thy letters appear: as to conscience, it must speak for itself; because the good advice he gave thee was always to say that thy writings were never from the devil, before he was influenced by those ministers who mocked him. And now I say of him, as I said of Pilate, he that delivered me to thee hath the greatest sin: and he that tempted Pomeroy to write the letters, to advertise thee in the paper, hath the greatest sin. And now let all the preachers come forward who mocked him, and take his cause in hand, and see how they will plead his cause, to confound thy friends in pleading thine; let all his coffee-house gentlemen appear; and let the truth be fairly tried and proved; then I tell thee, with shame and confusion every mouth must be stopped, and every tongue must be silent, and they must acknowledge that they have tried to be his spiritual murderers; because they cannot clear his honour in his conduct, since his enemies worked him up to publish lies, and keep back the truth; neither can he clear himself in his letters. But as I know the rage and fury the devil worked in the hearts of men when I became flesh and dwelt with them; and how they took up stones to cast at me, that I hid myself from men, knowing their weakness, and pitying their temptations; let Pomeroy's pleading be from my Gospel, like the returning Prodigal-"Father I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants." Then, as the father received the returning son, so will I receive him.
"Now come to Luke, xv. 3. "And he spoke this parable unto them, saying, what man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulder, rejoicing. And when he cometh home he calleth to his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it; she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God, over one sinner that repenteth."
"Here let men observe the parables that are brought forward.
"And now let Pomeroy weigh thy letters and the letters of thy friends, that were sent to him, to convince him, and bring him to repentance. That he may see the fulfilment is at hand, let him compare the letters and my Gospel together; and believe in my love, like the love of the father; then he will see the fulfilment of these parables, and my mercies and goodness towards him, not to let him be lost in the wilderness, or be overcome by the persecution and malice of men and devils; which I know, as well as thee, he hath been surrounded with. Now these parables stand for the end: they have not a general allusion, as men may suppose; for then they may say, that a sinner, if he repent, there is more joy in heaven over him, than over the just, that need no repentance; and for the neighbours' rejoicing with the woman, to find the piece which was lost, has no general allusion to mankind. But these things I spoke in parables, as landmarks for men to walk by. When I send the Spirit of Truth to lead you into all the truths of my Gospel, and to teach you things to come, then ye must weigh the parables with the events that take place; but how unlike my Gospel did Pomeroy conclude his letter to thee! Therefore I said in my Gospel, "No man when he hath lighted a candle putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which came in might see the light. The light of the body is the eye; therefore when thine eye is single thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkened. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part darkened, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."
"And now I shall answer thee. Had not his eye been evil, to cause his whole body to be full of darkness, he would never have sent that letter to thee. Now I ask thee how Pomeroy will answer this? Can he say his whole body was full of light, and that his eye was not evil, and his body full of darkness, when he wrote to thee in this manner, concluding his letter with these words-'You must allow, that such injurious, ungrateful, and malicious conduct, cannot proceed from the Holy and benevolent spirit of God. Surely, sir, such behaviour cannot meet with the approbation of yourself, or her other friends; therefore I hope that you and they will endeavour to convince her of the impropriety and sinfulness of it, and will prevail on her to desist from troubling me with any more letters, and from persevering in the diabolical practice of traducing my character in print; for which illegal as well as unchristian conduct, God will certainly bring her into judgment.'-"
To these words I answer myself. I am ready to be judged both by God and man; and now let conscience speak on both sides, and let the cause be tried on both sides; and I will appeal to Mr. Pomeroy's own conscience, whether I ever spoke a disrespectful word of his character in any one thing in my life. But I certainly blamed him for advertising upon the newspaper, that he had told me my writings were from the devil, which he never did; only my printing his name, he said was from the devil; and keeping back the truths contained in the writings, which he said he destroyed, I blamed him for likewise. So if this was traducing his character, he should not have listened to his bad advisers, to have acted as he did.
Wednesday Morning, October 6, 1813.
This morning fresh wonders broke in upon me, that took my senses in such a manner that my head is like the rivers of water; and what was revealed I was lost in wonder at; as I was answered I should now publish to the world that an earthly union would soon take place between me and one whom the Lord had kept me for, from all others; and the manner of the Lord's dealing with me day after day, and week after week, should now be put in print, before it took place; that all might see my upright dealings with God and man; and if it was brought round by imagination, as some have simply supposed, then I myself should bring forward my imaginations, and if they were wrong, then I should overturn my work myself, and let it fall to the ground that way. But if the imagination comes from the Lord, and is brought round by his wisdom and his power, then the truth of what is nailed up, signed and sealed by seven men and three women, with a threefold cord, and a seal upon it; this I am answered shall not be broken, but as it is sealed, so it shall be fulfilled. For thus I was answered this morning, "My people shall be all willing in the day of my power;" that the 110th Psalm shall now be fulfilled-"The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion; rule thou in the midst of thine enemies; thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power; in the beauty of holiness, from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth; the Lord hath sworn and will not repent; the Lord is not a man to lie, nor the son of man to be wavering."
"Now call thy trial to thy remembrance, that thou hadst with Wills, in Exeter; and know what I answered thee then concerning the son, when they brought false witnesses against thee, and thou toldest them boldly in the court, that if one true word would save their souls they had not spoken it in their evidence; and know how tremblingly Wills stood when thou lookedst him in the face, and asked if he judged there was a God. Remember the words thou spakest to thy counsellor: "These witnesses are all falsely foresworn: I wish you would send for Mr. Wills's son; he will not swear as falsely as these have done." Then thy counsellor asked the other counsellor why he had not brought the son? Know Fanshaw's answer: he brought as many as he thought proper. Then remember Roberts's answer to him: "You brought as many, sir, as did not care what they swore to, where is Mr. Wills's conscience gone now? his conscience is gone out of doors; he don't look after perjuring those that are out of his own house; but he won't perjure his own son. Then what is his religion, I wish to know?" was Roberts's pleading then in court. In this manner thy counsellor pleaded for thee, while Fanshaw pleaded against thee, but he could not help being confounded, and said, "For God's sake, sir, don't say a word about religion." Roberts answered immediately, "I will: you mocked her just now about her religion, and called her an enthusiast; you mocked her religion, and now I will mock his; for I can prove, from the evidences that have been given, that what she hath said to me is true, for they have contradicted each other; and they have so prevaricated in their evidence, that it is plain they have not spoken a true word. But now bring the son, for she informs me he will not swear as false as they; but if Mr. Wills will bring his son, and he will swear as these have sworn, then I will give up my cause."
"Now call to thy remembrance, the opposite counsellor finding Wills would not bring his son to swear as the others had; know how he leaned his arm on the table, threw down his head, and put his hand before his face, while thy counsellor with courage and boldness fixed his eye upon the jury, and boldly completed his pleading for thee; and though the recorder wished to be favourable on Wills's side, because he pleaded that Wills was an opulent man, and thou being only a servant, he might be provoked to anger to strike thee, and so he gave it in to the jury; though he saw nothing but perjury, yet he wanted Wills to gain the day. But know thy trembling and thy fears, in what manner thou lookedst at the jury; in what manner thou spakedst to thy counsellor; how every liberty was granted thee in court, which is not common amongst mankind; but thou wast permitted to contradict his witnesses; thou wast permitted to reprove him; thou wast permitted to stand by the side of thy counsellor, and tell him the truth for him to plead; thou wast permitted to tell him to call forward the son; and to do every thing to clear thyself: all this permission was granted thee, which thou knowest afterwards how much it was remarked, and how they told thee they never heard of such an instance in their lives; they wondered that the recorder or counsellors had not stopped them. Remember how Roberts seemed to pity thee, when he saw thee in tears by his side: know his words-"do not distress yourself so; you will hurt yourself." Know, one of the counsellors spoke to Roberts, hearing the manner the recorder gave it in to the jury, "I fear, sir, she will lose her trial now." But his answer was, "No, sir; I don't think so;" and immediately the jury returned their verdict, to cast Wills and free thee, for they were all of one mind, that thou stoodest an injured woman.
"Now call to thy remembrance what answer I gave thee, concerning the Trial with Wills; and his refusing to bring his son to clear himself: know I said,
"If the father would the victim come,
Sooner than perjure his beloved son,
What will not now your heavenly Father do,
To prove to man that all his words are true?
And now I tell thee true I will go on;
For like that Trial now the end shall come.
Because I tell thee now I'll bring the Son;
Then, in like manner thou say'st it cannot be;
Because no son was then brought forth by he.
No, no; I tell thee, 'tis a different way;
Yet, like the former, thou wilt gain the day;
And, like the jury, every man will feel,
And say thou'rt injured-now, my friends stand still;
'Tis but a shadow that is gone and past:
The Jury's feeling it not long did last;
The counsellors there did but feel at the time.
But now, I tell thee, I shall tell my mind:
Judges and jury, every one will feel,
If pride arise in one, to wound thee still,
Thou soon wilt find his anger's all in vain:
'Tis not thy judge that will like him contend;
No, no; thou'lt find he'll plead a different way:
"If there be guilt, then sure in me 't must lie.
"By worldly wisdom I at first began,
"And listened to the simple sons of men,
"While Satan's arts did strongly work in me;
"But now the woman I must set her free;
"Free from all guilt, and surely from all guile
"At my own folly I myself may smile,
"To think such wisdom in a woman's head
"Could now bring round such cause as she hath laid
"Before us all, and now brought to our view;
" 'Tis I was blind, and that I well do know;
"For her just reasonings I can never clear.
"Mine was no answer to her letters there;
"And well I knew, no answer I could send,
"If I confessed the truth, they'd say her friend
"I still stood with her equal at the first;
"And so the rage of man it still would burst,
"And to deny it 'twas not in my power,
"I knew her witnesses they would appear.
"So here in mercy I was compassed round;
"The arts of Satan might too strong been found,
"To act like David, mentioned heretofore-
"Commit one sin, and then he added more:
"To save her life, Uriah he did kill."
Though 'tis a different way I might fulfil,
Yet in some likeness I shall now explain,
And then I'll shew you all you are but men
Standing alone, the thief oft gets his prey;
Without my aid I know how man doth lie."
"For now I shall go back to David: and know, when he had committed adultery with Uriah's wife, he wished to conceal it, by sending for Uriah to go home to his wife; but when he found that no persuasions could prevail upon Uriah, he then added one sin upon another. To save the wife, he had the husband put in the front of the battle; for in his heart he had the murder. This is the way Satan works men on, to add one sin to another; and the way they go to sin themselves out of trouble, is the way they bring the load heavier upon them; for know what I said of David-the sword should never depart from his house; because in his heart, he had the murder of Uriah in view. And now I tell thee this of Pomeroy; had I not in mercy guarded him, to keep him from falling into the sin of telling wilful lies, by the witnesses that he knew thou hadst got, the different hand-writings that were sent to him in letters; so that his way was hedged up with thorns, that he could not come forward to say that thou didst never put the writings in his hands, had it not been done by my wisdom, when Satan got the advantage of him, and he was surrounded by men and devils; hadst thou been able to write a fair hand, and thou hadst carried all to him thyself, I do not tell thee Satan might not have had the advantage of him; while the fury of Satan worked upon his mind, he might boldly have denied every truth, and have been a spiritual murderer to thee, as David was the temporal one. And therefore man hath nothing to boast."
The words spoken to me this morning, October 8th, were that I should not go any further with others, but come to my Father's Family.
"But drop the lances from thy hand;
Now be wise and understand,
Thy youthful folly must appear,
And thy delight now bring it here;
And thy forefathers must be known,
The way their pride I all unthroned.
So bring it all in a straight line,
And then I'll further tell my mind,
The way his daughter's heart he broke;
And look to grandeur, how they mock.
Could he in person now appear,
To see his great grand-daughter here,
So much despised by men of pride-
Now see the field is open wide;
Because I've brought it round this way,
To try the learned, what they'll say."
Here I am ordered to bring forward some account of what my forefathers were, as there was a great mixture in the family; but as all happened before my time, I can only repeat what my father and mother told me.
My great grandfather's name was William Southcott. He lived upon his own estate in Hertfordshire, if I remember aright. The estate was called Wotton. He had four children; two sons, and two daughters. My grandfather was the heir to the land. His name was John. One of his daughters was called Sarah, a very beautiful young woman. She was engaged to a young gentleman, that had a great love for her, and she for him; but her father would not permit a union to take place between them; as he thought the young gentleman was not of a family grand enough for his daughter; so he compelled her to break it off. The disappointment made such an impression upon their minds, that they were both determined to give up the world; and she gave herself entirely up to religion; and as she was very beautiful, she had many admirers, but refused them all. Her private meditations, and many hymns she composed, were afterwards printed; and my mother had the work in her possession; some of them I learnt when a child, as I greatly delighted in them. When flattered by the alluring charms of the world, her answer was as follows:
"Suppose my youth in wit and beauty's bloom
Should promise many flattering years to come;
What if I'm decked in a royal state,
A darling queen adorned by kings I sit:
What would it all availed. When sick I must
Resign my soul to endless shades, my body to the dust.
What earthly grandeur is it then to me?
Or all the grandeur then of royalty?
When that my life on earth I must lay down,
O, let my soul seek for a better crown;
For what is all their golden orbs,
What's all their gold to me?
A heart that's wounded and oppressed,
'Tis death must set me free.
Why should my passions mix with earth,
And thus debase my heavenly birth?
Why should I cleave to things below,
And let my God and Saviour go?
From earth's dull pleasures, and senseless mirth,
Come thou my soul, in haste retire;
Assume the grandeur of thy birth,
And to thy native heaven aspire.
'Tis heaven alone can make thee blest,
Can every wish and want supply;
My endless comforts ever blest
Are all above the sky.
And are thou mine, my dearest Lord?
Then leave I all and fly
The boundless wishes I can form
Unto a pitch more high.
Yes; thou art mine; the contract's sealed
With thy own precious blood;
And the Almighty's power's engaged
To see it all made good."
In this manner she made various hymns; and all her meditations were on heavenly things, till she died of a broken heart, which, if I remember right, she was about thirty; and the gentleman died about the same age.-The reason why I have brought forward her meditations is, because they have been a comfort and consolation to me, amidst the various troubles I have passed through, to bring my heart above this world.
Now I shall return to the history from what I have heard my father and mother say. My great-grandfather was a very proud, austere man, which made it very unpleasant to his children; and having a second wife, it made it so unhappy to the eldest son, who was my grandfather, that his father and he parted in great anger, and he never saw his father afterwards. He had an uncle settled in Pennsylvania, who had great property, and no family; and there he determined to go. The first voyage he took they were shipwrecked. I never heard whether any were saved, but my grandfather; and he was protected by some Jews on the coast where they were cast away, and he remained there till he saw a ship that he made signs to, and they sent a boat and took him aboard. While he was with the Jews it was the season of the year that they went to a certain place every year to worship, where they said the Messiah would come, and my grandfather went with them. He said they all were very kind to him, in supplying him with necessaries. The ship that he entered into was bound for Topsham, in Devonshire. As he was without money he attended the captain, as a servant; but in his voyage he told the captain, who his father was, and where he lived; but said, from the manner they had parted, he could not write to him, and was afraid his father would disinherit him, by cutting off the entail of the land. The captain undertook to write to his father, informing him of the shipwreck, and distress of his son. His father wrote back a letter to the captain, enclosing a draught for £200 which he desired he would let his son have; and to let him know, though he was angry with him, yet he never would disinherit him; for he would never cut off the entail of the land, which had been in succession for seven generations. When the captain received the letter he called my grandfather, and said, "Mr. Southcott, why had not you made yourself known to me sooner? I used to call you John, but I should never have treated you in the manner I have, if I had known you had been that gentleman's son. Then the captain and my grandfather became great friends, and had a great respect for each other. When the ship came into Topsham my grandfather fell in love with Miss Mauditt, of a moderate fortune; they married and lived at Topsham, till my father was born; then my grandfather was determined to take another voyage to Pennsylvania, to his uncle. He arrived safely, and his uncle rejoiced greatly to see him, and wished him to remain with him; but when he found he had a wife and child in Topsham, he said if my grandfather would return for his wife and child, and come back to him, and settle there, they should live as he did; and, when he died, he would leave them all his property; and he was the richest man in the place; and, as he had no child, he should leave it all to him. My grandfather said, he would return to England for his wife and child.
But, during the time of his absence, there was a gentleman of the name of Southcott, who had no family or relations; and, hearing of the discord between my grandfather and his father, he said he was afraid the name of the Southcott's would come low; therefore he advertised, that if John Southcott, son of William Southcott, would come to him, he would give him the sum of ten thousand pounds; as the gentleman was then fast in a decline. But as my grandfather was not in England, to answer the advertisement, and the gentleman did not know him personally, there was another family near, of the same name, who went and personated my grandfather; and he made his will and left them ten thousand pounds, and died very soon after. When my grandmother heard it she was greatly grieved about it, and told it to my grandfather, when he came home, what he had lost by being absent. He desired her not to grieve at the loss of that; for he said he should have plenty; for his uncle had settled all his estate and property upon him; and as his father had promised that he would never cut off the entail of his land, he should have all he could wish for; and intreated her to go with him to Pennsylvania. But this she refused to do; and he could no ways prevail upon her; for my grandfather was quite the reverse of his father: he was a very humane man, of tender feelings. He bore an excellent character; and therefore he did not use arbitrary power over his wife to compel her to go against her will. He stayed at Topsham with his wife till the second son was born, which was John; he then took another voyage to go over to his uncle again; but he never reached the place; for the ship was wrecked, and he was drowned.
Here my grandmother was left in great distress, with two children, destitute of the fortune they had a right to expect; and as my grandfather had never made up the breach with his father, there had been no intercourse between them. Therefore her spirit was too proud to stoop, as she might not be looked upon as a match fit for him; and thus she would not write to him. Her uncle took my father to provide for him; he had an estate of fifty pounds a year, which he promised to leave to him; and another relation of my grandmother took my uncle John; and she married again to a captain of a ship soon after my grandfather's death; and soon after his death his father died; and then the youngest son, which was William, wrote a letter to my grandmother, that his father was dead, and he was not married, nor ever intended; but if she would come with her two sons, the eldest should have the land that he was heir to, and the youngest should have all his fortune that remained; for his sister was married to a gentleman in London. When she received the letter she was so mortified and confounded, to think that she married again so soon after her husband's death, with a man that was spending all her property, that she thought she should be so much despised by him, that she never answered his letter; and he was offended, and wrote no more.
After my father had lived some years with Mr. Mills, his future prospect was blasted, of what he was promised to have from him. Mr. Mills was a man given to drinking, so that he had a mortgage of fifty pounds upon his estate; and after that the man contrived to get Mr. Mills in liquor, and he got him to sign away the whole estate for fifty pounds. After Mr. Mills found what he had done he was like a madman, and used to cry over my father and say, "My dear boy, my dear child, I have ruined thee for ever! I should not so much lament my own loss, if it was not for your sake." With his excess of sorrow he gave himself up to drinking, and did not live long after; but he spent all he had before he died. Then my father was left as an orphan in the world, having no friend or relation to assist him, as the captain that married my grandmother had spent all her property, so that she could not do anything for my father; and he was brought up to farming with his uncle, and in that capacity he went as a servant.
Now I shall return to my father's brother John. He was brought up by a relation of his mother's; and he was mate of a ship; but before they were grown up young men, their father's brother in Hertfordshire died; and no one ever looked after the property, for the children. My father's brother was a remarkably religious young man; and the last time he went to sea he took an affectionate leave of my father, and said, "my dear brother, I hope we shall meet in a better world! I don't believe I shall ever see you more in this." When he was coming home he wrote a letter to his mother, that he should take a ship for London, as he intended to go to Hertfordshire, to seek for his father's relation, to find out the property. She sent him a letter immediately, that she had been greatly troubled in dreams about him, that he was drowned, and desired he would come in a ship to Topsham, which he complied with. The captain discovering another ship many leagues before him, said he would be in Topsham before her; and, in order to effect it, he steered his ship a nearer course, and she running on a rock was dashed to pieces; all the crew, except one man, went to the bottom, who saved himself on a broken plank, and was picked up by another vessel passing by. On his arrival to Topsham he related the circumstance of the ship's perishing, as above described. Here was his end, according to his own predictions, and his mother's dream.
Now I shall return to my father. When he was about one-and-twenty he married, and took a farm: his wife died in child-bed; his second wife was my mother, daughter of Mr. Godfrey, who was a very respectable farmer in Ottery St. Mary, and of very religious parents. After they married, my father took a large farm at Exmouth, where he got acquainted with an attorney, whose name was Southcott; and in some law-business that my father was called to as a witness, one of the gentlemen spoke rather affrontingly to my father. Mr. Southcott rose up and spoke very warmly, and said he would not see my father abused; for he was of as good a family as he, or either gentleman present; and was the first of the family that had ever known what it was to work; and the estate that belonged to my father had been in possession of the family for seven generations; and told my father, if he would go to London, and prove his grandfather's will he would get him the estate for five pounds. But this was in the time of war, when pressing was great both for landsmen and seamen, and my father was afraid he should be pressed, and therefore wished to defer it. Before the war was over Mr. Southcott died, and my father gave up all thoughts of seeking after his estate, and thought his own hands should support him; but he launched into business at a very bad time for farmers; wheat being sold at two shillings and threepence a bushel, barley for fourteen pence, oats for seven pence, and butter for threepence per pound, cheese for a penny. So that the expense of the labour in many things was more than the increase paid; for, I have heard my father and mother say, many years they have lost fifty pounds a year by renting the estate, though my father was allowed by every one to be as good a husbandman as ever ploughed an acre of ground; and a more industrious couple could never come together; and yet still they had difficulties to go through in the beginning, which they both bore with courage and fortitude.
When the term was out, of the seven years, my mother's father died; and then they took the farm at Tarford (or Taleford?), that he had rented, and where I was born in the year 1750. In that farm they did exceedingly well, and my father managed it so well, that he said he should get fifty pounds a year by renting; but as soon as he had broke up the furze, brakes, and the barren ground, and brought it into good pasture, there was a neighbour of my father's who coveted the farm, when he saw to what a flourishing state my father had brought it. This man, whose name was Anley, went to Mr. Brooks, my father's landlord, and asked him, if he did not want money sometimes? He said, yes, he did. He asked if my father kept up his rent close? He said, pretty well; but not always so close as he could wish. Anley answered, if you let his rent go behind, and turn him out, I will pay the rent before it is due, and you may have a twelvemonth's rent before it is due, if you like. Mr. Brooks was pleased with this offer; and as my father had laid out so much money in improving the farm, thinking he should enjoy the fruits of his labour afterwards, which would have paid him double in a short time; but doing all this, he had not his rent always ready at the time; and Mr. Brooks contrived a way to prevent his paying it, by doing what appeared at first a very kind act. On a market day, as my father was driving a flock of sheep to Exeter market, on purpose to sell them, to pay Mr. Brooks his rent at Midsummer, he overtook him, and asked if he was going to sell his sheep; and whether he would not sell them at a disadvantage at that time? My father said, "I must sell them, sir, to get your honour the rent." He said, "Never mind that, I will wait; if it be a bad market, don't sell them." My father thanked him, and said he should not, if it was a very bad market; and finding it was so, he drove the sheep home again, and did not get his rent ready in August. In the midst of the harvest, when my father was reaping, to his astonishment, Mr. Brooks had put two bailiffs into the house, to seize for the half-year's rent; and he did not owe him three quarters till Michaelmas. My mother went to Fair-mile, to Mr. Channon's, to borrow some money; he came immediately, and told Mr. Brooks what an ungrateful, wicked thing he had done, after my father had bestowed so much money in improving his farm, for him to distress him, when he owed him only a half-year's rent and said, "If you are afraid to trust the farmer, I am not," and paid down the money directly. This cruel conduct of Mr. Brooks provoked my father to very great anger, so that words rose high on both sides; and Mr. Brooks wanted to make a different covenant, which my father said he would never sign; and as many gentlemen went to my father and offered him their farms, and he thought he should get another as good as that was, here my father's passion got the better of his reason; as he gave warning to quit the farm on the following Lady-day, and left all his labour for an enemy to reap the benefit of it. But here my father saw his folly too late, in giving way to the violence of his passion and anger; for when he went to the gentlemen to apply for the farms, which they had offered him, they applied to Mr. Brooks to inquire his character. Mr. Brooks said he was poor but honest. They said that would not do, if he had not money to make the best of his farm. So, when Lady-day came, he was obliged to sell off part of his stock, and took a small farm at Gettisham, where the ground had been so impoverished for the want of dressing, that the first year they could not make the rent of the place. But all this my father bore with manly courage and fortitude. He was a hard-working, industrious man himself, and had a partner in my mother that joined with him; and all his family he brought up to the same industry.
But now comes the awful scene, when all his courage and fortitude left him, that he said his troubles were greater than he could bear. After living eighteen years in this farm, my mother died, and my sister kept his house. A farmer's son, who lived near my father, paid his addresses to my sister. He was a man of good property; and after keeping company with her for some years, he used every art to seduce her, which she resisted; but by the violence of his conduct, my father was obliged to have recourse to the law; and my sister went down into the west country, to another sister, who was married and settled there; then I went home and kept house for my father. The disappointed malice of the man directly turned against my father, and he sought every way to ruin him. His stock upon his farm died in an extraordinary manner; but I cannot prove what I have heard, only that his servants said he had brought more guilt upon their conscience, concerning farmer Southcott, than all the sins they ever committed in their lives; and not only in the stock but various other ways; every invention that could be to ruin my father was practised, till my father was brought into great distress, greater than he had any fortitude to bear; for the agonies of his mind were so great, that when he went to bed, meditating upon his sorrows, he would be in such agitation that I have been obliged to sit by him hours of a night, reasoning and talking to him, wiping off the perspiration from his face. In this manner he continued, calling to me night after night to give him something, fearing he should be choked; he said his sorrows were greater than he could bear; and I have seen the sweat running down his face, in a cold winter's night, like a man in the harvest day, that I have stood hours wiping his face. He said all the sorrows and disappointments in life, that he had gone through, now crowded upon his mind; and the loss of his property that he was heir to, now came upon him with a double weight. He lamented for my sister, and for all his children. The scene is too affecting for me to repeat, what I saw in my father, for three months; but I am ordered to bring it forward. When I intreated him not to grieve at the loss of his estates and property, and said, suppose he had never been entitled to any thing; he said, then he should be as other poor men were, nothing to reflect about; but now old age and poverty were come upon him, and he could not forget what he was entitled to. But though I saw all that sorrow with my father, and took so much pains with him, and worked early and late to save the expenses of workmen: for the Lord gave me great courage and great strength, and great presence of mind, how to act for my father's good; yet in all this, I can safely say, that I rejoiced in my own afflictions: I thought it was good to be afflicted, that my heart might not be carried away by the world; and I trusted in the Lord, that he would protect my father; and bless my endeavours, that he would be able to withstand the malice of his enemies, till his term was out in the farm: as the last year was the bearing year for cyder, and the breaking for crops would be without any expenses. But this my father despaired of seeing; however, I was promised that the Lord would protect us through; and so he did; and by my faith my father rose from his despair.
As to my own sorrows I did not mind, as I reflected upon my early days, how soon I delighted in vanity and dress, more than I saw in others, and was often reproved by my mother; who would speak with a feeling heart, "Joanna, my dear child-
"Wilt thou then thy bright mornings waste,
To trim and make thee fine?
'Twill be but bitterness at last,
If Christ be none of thine.
How frail is beauty, in how short a time
'Twill fade like roses which are past their prime;
So wrinkled age the fairest face will plough,
And cast deep furrows in the smoothest brow.
Where's now the lovely tempting face, alas?
Yourselves will blush to view it in a glass,
Unless adorned with beauty in the mind;
And then an interest in thy Saviour find."
In this manner my mother used often to reprove me; but I must say, to my shame, it had only a momentary effect; so deeply was my heart fixed upon the vanity of dress, that I did not care how hard I worked, early and late, so long as I could earn money to get clothes to appear smart in. My father used warmly to reprove me, and say he was ashamed to see me, for a farmer's daughter to dress as I did; but all had no effect upon me; my heart was so set upon it, till sorrow broke it off. And when now I reflect back upon my youthful days, I see how flattery hurts the mind; for when I think on my childish days, my heart was set upon serious meditations, and I felt great comfort and pleasure in learning hymns and repeating them to myself; but when I came to the age of fifteen or sixteen, and began to be flattered by the world, I found vanity arise, and I became vain; but this vanity was of a short duration; for every thing I fixed my heart upon I was disappointed in, which made me turn all my thoughts, like my aunt Sarah, whom I have already mentioned; and as I have said of sorrow, it was good for me; so I say of my enemies, it is good for me that my heart has been sorely wounded by the malicious lies and inventions of men, or I might not have been so earnest in my petitions and prayers to the Lord to take the cause into his own hand, to put my enemies to shame and confusion: and therefore I shall conclude with saying-
"The very thorns that make the traveller bleed
Are but remembrance to amend our speed,
Lest too much ease our future joys disband
And we stop short, short of the promised land."
"Now I shall answer thee why I ordered thee to bring the history of thy father's family in a straight line together. The first I shall bring back to the fall, where the two were slain, by the arts of Satan's working. In a spiritual sense they died, as I had pronounced them dead: for this was the pride and rage of hell. Then the ages went on, like thy father's family, not to possess the inheritance I had designed for them; but now see in what manner thy father's land stands. Ye know not whether it can be regained or not, without diligently searching the wills, and knowing whether the heirship was ever cut off or not. For thou knowest, lands have been got of as long standing as thy father's; and therefore thou canst not tell that thy father's dream may not be yet fulfilled. So let the words appear."
I sealed up my writings the old Christmas day at midnight, 1795. Soon after that my father came to see me. He did not know what I had done, but said he was in hopes he should have his lands, which he was heir to in Hertfordshire, about thirty miles from London; as he said, at midnight, old Christmas day, he thought he was quite awake, when a voice called him aloud, "Southcott! Southcott! thy name must spread far and wide: there is a lady in Hertfordshire, who hath great possessions for thee, and wants thy family to possess it." And so sure was my father that he should get it, that he went to Mr. Putt and asked him if he could direct him how to proceed; but Mr. Putt took no notice of it, only laughed about it to me, and said how old and foolish my father was grown.
"Now leave his wisdom, till thou seest the end:
But all shall find I am thy every friend.
And with thy father's history now go on;
For back to Paradise thou now must come,
Because thou knowest how I have placed it there;
With the beginning I shall this compare;
Because the death to both came in one day,
And so the ruin it came on that way.
For Satan's pride did like the other's swell,
To blast their peace, and death, thou knowest well,
Was then pronounced against them in the fall,
And like the children, now I tell you all,
Men left the whole and ne'er sought out the land;
And so in sorrow every one doth stand.
See how the Jews are scattered to this day;
Despise my Gospel; never seek this way
For to find out if they shall stand an heir.
Just like thy father's house do all appear;
Therefore I've so compared him with the land;
For like thy father's house all things do stand:
And like thy father's sorrows men go through;
They've lost their rights and that I well do know;
And so in sorrow men are compassed round;
Just like thy father is your nation found:
One load upon another fast do come,
Till his cold sweats may be in every one,
If that your nation do not now awake;
But if they do, their cause I'll undertake;
Their cause, like thee, I'll surely take in hand.
Remember how thou didst by thy father stand,
To soothe his sorrows, and remove his pain;
Thou gavest him comfort, though his sweats remained,
Which thou by tenderness didst wipe away,
And all thy labour is well known to me;
Because one quarter part thou hast not penned,
Thy care, thy thought, nor how the thing did end;
To keep thy father till his term was up,
And so thou knowest thy father did not drop,
The way his fears alarmed him at the first.
But now another way I mean to burst:
The land was lost for all, but promised there
That in the end I should it all prepare;
Because the title I would ne'er cut off;
I've made the promise; now I've said enough;
And so the promise I did bid thee claim,
Then all your heirship lands I sure shall gain,
And make the nations down before you fall.
For like thy father I'll my sufferings call:
I was the heir that had the right at first,
But could not gain it when the Jews did burst;
Nor was it come to my appointed time;
No: to the woman I shall all resign;
Because to her the promise there was made.
But know, thy father, how his grief was laid;
Revenge and malice did in Drew appear;
His disappointment he could never bear;
And so I say with all the rage of hell,
He sought revenge, because his rage did swell
Against thy father at that very time.
But now of him I bid thee call to mind,
His love to thee at first it did appear;
But thou soon left him; she fell in the snare.
So both together I shall now compare;
Because at first thou surely missed that man;
But see the way his malice did come on-
Because a virtuous mind in her was placed.
But here's the mystery of the fallen race:
When Satan's arts begin to work them on,
It is to sin, and then their love he turns;
Because he wishes to seek their overthrow.
But now the likeness I to thee shall shew,
How much the likeness is with her and thee:
She with the man in sin could not agree,
Because she judged such crimes came all from hell,
Despised adultery, thou dost know well,
Which made mankind her virtue to despise;
Thou knowest how many judged she did act unwise;
While some did her commend and take her part.
So different passions worked in every heart,
And her own feelings worked a different way,
In love and anger did her passions lie.
"So that a likeness there is in you two:
'Twas for adultery, thou well dost know,
The way the malice kindled at the first;
Because in Drew thou knowest that his was lust,
That by the devil it was heated on.
The thing is temporal, unto all 'tis known;
And yet her honour she by many lost,
Despised her virtue: know how many boast.
But of thy sister I shall say no more;
For in one likeness you two do appear;
Because the world is so enraged with thee;
And so I tell thee 'tis adultery
They'd have thee to commit against my word.
There is one likeness, as I here have said;
For sure a-whoring thou must go from me,
If that with man thou ever dost agree
To give consent in any other plan
Than the right way that I did direct thy hand.
For in one likeness both do now appear;
For all inventions men have sure tried here,
As much to rob thee of thy every peace;
For so men's malice daily doth increase,
And all their arts and fury they will try;
I say like Drew you'll find their malice high.
Thou knowest like him men's malice hath begun;
But marvel not if violent men should come
To say, 'We'll hold thee to thy every word:'
They'll say thy enemies are on record;
If they should call thee there thou'rt forced to stand,
And so that way they may demand thy hand.
Therefore I tell thee, nothing but the law
That I have made will make them silent go.
For now I tell thee, jealousy and fear
Will make them judge thou art an earthly heir
To some inheritance that now is great;
And so this way will many passions heat;
While others strong will judge it from the Lord,
And say, 'We see it plain in every word.'
And so they'll wish to have thee for a bride,
And say thy hand it cannot be denied.
So much like Drew mankind will now begin,
Had not my wisdom worked to stop the thing;
Because in disobedience thou must stand,
Thou'st not the power to give up thy hand.
So in thy sister's dangers thou art here,
And in her courage thou must now appear.
And so I tell thee thou wilt sure find men
To act like Drew, if they had room to come;
Therefore I bid thee strongly to forbid,
And say no man on earth thou'lt ever wed,
But only one that I have named to thee;
And all that write forbidden fruit they be;
And those that come to ask before the time,
In disobedience they their hands will find
To be rejected every one the same;
For soon thou'lt find men's hearts to be inflamed.
"So this I tell thee is much like the Jews:
In disappointed malice they arose;
Forgot their Bibles, how I was to die,
In disappointment did their fury lie,
When, like thy father, I in grief appeared,
For all thy father's sufferings I have beared;
Cold sweats, like his, I surely bore for man;
They took my honour, and despised my name:
Night after night thou knowest his grief did burst;
He saw his daughter's sorrows at the first,
And then he saw that vengeance strong did fall
To seek revenge they'd soon robbed him of all,
Had he no friend in thee for to stand by,
He had no wife; thy sister she did fly,
Because the other she could never bear
To see him at the time, when she did fear.
What further dangers his revenge might seek;
Thou knowest how soon his promise he did break;
For Satan's working it was surely strong.
But now unto the Jews I'll surely come;
For in like manner some stood then with me,
As with thy father thou remain'dst to be;
Thou sooth'dst his wounds, and of his goods took care,
And in his labour thou didst persevere
With more than nature ever could go through,
Had I not given thee strength the whole to do;
For as thy griefs increased, and labour great,
I gave thee strength, and did thy courage heat
With love to God, and surely love to man;
'Twas I that strengthened thee for to go on;
And so the wonder in mankind might cease;
I gave thee strength and spirits to increase;
I gave thee wisdom how to lay thy plan
To disappoint the rage and wrath of man;
And so thy foes then fell before thy feet:
And in the end they'll find the mystery great;
Because his sorrows I compared to mine.
Call back the likeness, and judge of the time,
What in Gethsemane I felt for man,
When Judas artfully had laid his plan;
And how the women at the Cross did weep.
I tell thee, here the parable goes deep;
And deep I tell thee they'll find in the end
Thy tender care is for thy father penned,
Which I've compared to women at that time.
But now I further on shall tell my mind;
Know of my coming I said so 'twould be,
As thou didst hear the sudden death of he;
And this I told thee would be unaware,
And for surprises thou must now prepare.
But now unto the ending I shall come;
Thou knowest I've said the heirship is unknown,
As in this manner every thing is hid;
But he's the heir, as thou before hast said,
That died in sorrow, poverty, and woe,
And to assist him thou didst often go;
And so thou saw'st him in his dying bed,
And saw the agonies wherein he laid,
Surrounded with sorrow, poverty, and woe;
But know I told thee, when the cock did crow,
That thou should'st mark his sleeping at the time,
And then thou knowest thou heard'st the rustling wind,
Like clashing swords then sounding in the air-
'Twas but a shadow what had passed before.
When I in grief gave up my life for man,
Judge thou the shock of nature then did come;
Judge thou the clashing in the air must be
When I resigned my life, mankind to free;
For why 'twas darkness there's no man doth know,
Nor how the swords do by contention go;
Invisible is all concealed from man;
And yet from earth you may discern the plan,
Because thy thoughts I've surely worked them right,
The way thou'st placed mankind before thy sight;
Angels and devils thou judgest both in man-
So great a difference thou dost in them discern;
And yet a difference thou dost easy see;
Some act like men, like men they surely be.
"And now I tell thee that thy thoughts are true;
And now I'll bring it plainer to thy view:
Because in many Satan forms a part,
By the strong influence gaining on the heart;
Then in his form such men do sure appear;
What shocking crimes of men thou dost often hear;
Worse than the devil thou judgest them to be;
And yet their form did surely come from he.
This I've explained to shew mankind what form
I've said of thee I to mankind am known-
Thy form of spirit, and thy form of love;
I formed thy heart to look to heaven above,
In every sorrow thou hadst to pass through;
I formed thy heart, to bid the world adieu;
I formed thee like thy friend that's gone before,
To be like Sarah thou hast mentioned here;
And she'd a heart to be formed for above,
And so in her I formed my perfect love;
And all will find I formed it so in thee,
As thy delight from nature all might see
Was formed for pleasure thou say'st at the first;
Because in vanity thy mind was placed;
And had I left thee to thy every will,
I know thy lovers how they soon would fill
Thy heart with anguish, to become a bride,
And thou would'st judge it could not be denied;
And so like others thou would'st still went on
In the same vanity that thou'st begun,
Had I not formed thy heart a different way.
Now from thy pondering thoughts I this shall say;
Because that now I'll bring it round to man,
The way thy family at first began.
It was by pride that scattered so the whole,
That all seemed lost, the heir there's none can tell;
And in thy heart thy pondering thoughts I see-
Could thy grandfather come and visit thee,
And see the great that he so much did prize
Act with such scorn, thou'st think he'd grow more wise
Because his grandchild's so despised here
By these great men, that he before declared
His daughter's union must with them take place.
But let him see how pride doth men disgrace,
From every feeling of humanity.
'Tis in the humble minds, thou now wilt see,
The noblest virtue will now arise to shine.
The man that broke his heart, I'll tell my mind,
Would surely act for thee a different way.-
And now, O England, hear what I do say:
I've brought this history out before you all,
That I have mentioned, now to prove the fall
Stands in like manner; you may it regain.
Weigh deep the parable, ye sons of men,
And so the heir you may see at the last,
When further wonders to mankind do burst.
"But now thy sister's words I'll answer here:
She said that pride in all did so appear
Throughout the family for to be so great;
Therefore she knew the Lord would never stoop
To dust and ashes, where the pride did swell.
Trace back the family: she did know well
That all was great, and so stood to this day.
'Twas but thy mother's side, thy sister says
That she could judge if blessings came from heaven;
But from thy father's side could ne'er be given.
But let them see the pride I brought it low,
That to mankind I may my goodness shew;
If pride comes down I'll surely raise them high;
And let them judge it by the end of thee,
And with thy sister's words I'll make an end."
When I told my sister of my visitation, and that I had prophecies given me of what was coming upon the earth, she said she did not believe it; and if prophecies were to be given, the Lord would not condescend to visit any one of our family; for there was too much pride; as all the Southcotts were proud; and though we were come to nothing, still we were a proud, empty family. And that I'll grant is true: a bottle filled with wine wants no more, but an empty bottle wants to be filled. I asked her, why she was so proud herself then? She said she was always at war in her own heart, but she could not conquer her pride; and therefore she was in the family from the father's side.
I shall make a few remarks on myself, from my sister's words, saying she was at war with her own heart; and I may say the same. I never could conquer my own heart myself; for this war will ever continue, till we come out of ourselves, and come to the Scripture rule, to cast away every weight, and the sin that most easily besets us. And my besetting sin was a resenting spirit; as my mother used to tell me I had a proud heart to be humbled, and a hard heart to be softened, on account of my resenting spirit, which I never could conquer by nature, as my feelings were tender and quick. But since the visitation of the Lord to me, I have observed his directions have been given to make me act contrary to my own will, and to conquer that besetting sin in me, by the ways the Lord hath directed me; which have been contrary to what I could do by nature, and contrary to any wisdom of my own. Therefore I see the wisdom of the words spoken to me, that we must come more out of ourselves, and live wholly dependent upon the Lord; if we wish for everlasting happiness, we must trust his wisdom, and not our own. I have been often stumbled in the Lord's directions to me, in ordering me to write to the ministers, as they did not regard the letters when sent to them: it appeared contrary to my wisdom; but now I see my own want of judgment, and the wisdom of the Lord in all his directions, so that I can say with Dr. Watts-
"God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain."
The following Texts of Scripture I am ordered to bring forward, which stand for the end.
Isaiah xxxi. 4.-"For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voices, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof."
Chapter xxx. 26.-"Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be seven-fold, as the light of seven days in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound."
Chapter xxxiii. 10, 22.-"Now will I arise, saith the Lord; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king, he will save us."
Chapter xxxiv. 16.-"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: not one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them."
Chapter xxxv.-To be marked throughout.
Chapter xxxviii. 7, 8.-"This shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken: Behold I will bring again the shadow of the degrees which is gone down in the sun-dial of Ahaz ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down."
Chapter lxii. 10, 11.-"Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the ends of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy Salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him."
Chapter lx. 1, 2.-"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee."
Chapter lvi. 1, 2.-"Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice; for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it."
Chapter lii. 8.-"Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice, with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion."
Chapter xlix. 1-5.-"Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken ye people from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me. And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain; I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain; yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, saith the Lord, Who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength."
Chapter xl. 4, 5.-"Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
Chapter xi. 12.-"And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
Micah v. 3, 4.-"Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he stand and feed in the strength of the Lord."
"I shall answer thee from these Texts of Scripture, which I have ordered thee to place together, that they may understand what was my office, when I became flesh and dwelt with men, to take man's nature upon me, and to die for the transgression of the Fall, that I might destroy the works of the devil. But all these offices, which I have mentioned here, that men say allude to Christ, I tell thee in Spirit they do; but, I must gain instruments, to work in, and to work by, as I have gained an instrument in thee. Do men simply suppose I shall come down from heaven, as a man, to fulfil these types that are here mentioned? I tell thee, no: it is in man that the sign must be set. And let them see how the Jews are given up till all these signs appear together. But, now is the time that the Jews will be awakened, and the nation will begin to be awakened, till my name shall be great to the ends of the earth; because men will say, it is the Lord's doing, and marvellous in their eyes. For however I work in instruments, to make them commanders, as a king makes his subjects to fight his battle for him; yet know, if the commanders and soldiers gain the day, whom the king sends out to fight for him, then the victory is got for the king; because they have fought under his Banner; and perfectly so I tell thee of mine. Men have seen their Bibles as the believers have seen thy writings, without understanding what they read. Let them observe this chapter-'Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathens, such as they have not heard.' Let them look back to the destruction of Jerusalem, and then see if I called the Jews these heathens that are here spoken of, in the end. No: I said I came to my own, and my own received me not.
"And now come to Isaiah xi. 1.-"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and the branch shall grow out of his roots." Let men see what is to follow, when these shadows appear to bring all to the substance. But how would mankind know that the end was at hand, if I had not placed these landmarks for men to walk by, that when ye see they are all brought round together, that it is I the Lord working in the Spirit by instruments to fulfil them? But now I ask thee concerning thyself: suppose men should judge thy writings to be all brought round by thy wisdom, by thy knowledge, and by thy invention; what honour would it be to thee? In thy heart thou answerest, none: because thou hast said, it was in the name of the Lord. Then know if they do not give unto the Lord that honour and glory due unto his name, then they rob me of my honour, and rob thee of thy simplicity and innocence; for thou knowest, without me thou canst do nothing; neither dost thou know any thing. And therefore, let no one marvel that I was silent when the believers expected I should constantly have given thee Communications concerning Buonaparte, and how the wars would go on. Therefore I left thee to thyself for so long a time, that they may see there was no knowledge in thee, and I left thee till I saw that thou didst begin to grow jealous in thy heart, whether there was a God in that power as is mentioned in the Scriptures; and as I have revealed to thee this, thou didst grow jealous of; because my absence had been so long, without feeling the powerful visitation of my Spirit; and taking my wisdom and power in question, it sunk thy spirits low; and then know, in a powerful manner came my visitation to thee, to shew thee there was a God in wisdom and power, to fulfil the words I have spoken, and to raise thee up in that strength of faith, that will remove mountains from thee. For thou hast seen nothing yet but by an eye of faith, all as shadows without substance; but thou sayest in thy heart, all is so strongly implanted in thy mind and heart, that I shall fulfil what I have said to thee, that it cannot be a shadow; but when thou seest the substance appear, and all fulfilled according to my promises; then thou wilt say, "I now see face to face what I saw before but through a glass darkly: I knew but in part; I saw but in part; but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away: when I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away all childish things: for now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even also as I am known: and now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." And it is charity that hath led thee on in bye-paths, to make crooked paths straight before them; and in foolish things to make men wise; which those who boast of their wisdom would never be led as thou hast been led; because they would not judge it was the wisdom of God, by foolishness to confound the wisdom of man; and by weakness to confound the strength of man. Here I shall leave thee to bring forward the other Scripture that I have told thee."
Proverbs i. 24-30.-"Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof."
"Because I have called, and no one answered, now they shall call, and I will not answer, any other way than I have directed thee. Know the pains thou hast taken, and the pains thy friends have taken, to call forward the ministers; but all refused; and the letters were returned with contempt. Know the language that was written back: I tell thee, from such men, Satan formeth a part of their hearts; and in Satan's form men would come to thee now, when this book goeth out in the world, if I were not to lay my strict command to thee, that when this book is finished and gone to the press, thou must refuse seeing any man, to converse with; even thine own friends. No man must have permission to come to thee, unless it be him whom thou hast chosen for thy judge, or any of the Bishops: for, as they are empowered in church and state, they may judge it prudent to know some particulars of thy assurance, that thy visitation is from the Lord, to be clear in what they are doing, before they call their clergy together. For thou wilt surely find the Centurion amongst the Bishops. Therefore, if any call upon thee, thou shalt not refuse seeing them: but they can bring no ministers with them, but Pomeroy. For, was I to permit thee to see one that is not named to have permission, then all would say the same, that they might be permitted; and therefore, to guard thee from all dangers, I must here condemn the innocent with the guilty, and the just with the unjust, all alike as forbidden fruit to thee; and thou standest as forbidden fruit to them, before they have agreed together to call thee forward, in the manner I have directed; and then thou shalt appear, to answer for thyself before them all. And if they be willing and obedient, they shall eat the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
"Thou must forbid any letter being sent to thee: for this is my strict command; neither by letter, or person, shalt thou correspond with any man, but in the manner I have directed. And should letters be sent to the house for thee, my strict command to Townley and Underwood is, that they never read them or mention them to thee; neither shall they return an answer to any letters that are sent on thy account. For, now I have placed the sword both ways, to guide and guard thee, till I give thee into the hands of him who I know will protect thee safely, when empowered so to do."
The contents of this Book taken from Joanna Southcott's
mouth, by me,
Witness, Jane Townley.
October 11, 1813.
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