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( 63 ) About eight o'clock, Saturday evening, we were prevented going on with this beautiful communication, by a better from Exeter, which agitated Joanna so much, and made her so ill and faint, that she could not go on any further that night.
Sunday July 22d, 1804. After the letter came, Joanna spent a restless night; and though she sleeps in a large bed, thought it was not large enough for her. In the morning she waked very faint and low spirited ; but was answered, the shadows to her were the substance to the clergy; and she was ordered to call to her remembrance the words in her writings years agone: " a bed is too short for a man to stretch himself on it; the covering is too narrow to wrap himself in it;" that she must go through the shadows, and then the substance should come on the nation, that was now mocking the Coming of the Lord; and then the Lord would restore her to strength and take all the shadows from her, and place all the substance in mankind. Then they would find the restlessness of their minds, the trouble of their conscience would make their beds too short to stretch themselves on, and the covering too narrow to wrap themselves in it; and they would wake in the moroing as weak and faint as she was; they will find themselves weak in judgment, weak in understanding, and weak in strength to defend themselves, so that they will appear but as dead men."
A SECOND LETTER FROM MR. JOSEPH SOUTH
COTT TO THE REV. MR. POMEROY. Rev. Sir,
Bristol, July 17th, 1804. When I wrote to you, by Mr. Jones, I thought I was writing to a gentleman, and as such I expected an answer ; ver could I have thought you would
have disgraced the gown you wear, as you have, by calling my Sister a liar. I think it neither does credit to the gentleman or to the clergyman; for let the world's belief of her Writings be what it may, there is no one who knows her, but thinks her far superior to that appellation ; and you yourself have sufficiently proved yourself what you call her, by frequently pronouncing her a religious, good woman, which no liar can be. You, sir, received the letter worldlily; and, as a man of the world, turned it into ridicule, and said my Sister was a liar, and as mad as a March hare. But, sir, consider my Sister takes things in a spiritual sense ; and if you have never been spiritually affected, which, if you never have, God grant you may, at the reading of this, is my sincere wish and hope ; and that the Lord may spiritually affect you, as he has her ; for I must tell you, the Lord hath afflicted her with a violent sickness; and that the Lord saith, he is as sick of the clergy as she is now sick, which I trust the Lord will reward with an immortal crown of glory; and that you, and all the right reverend divines, the bishops and other clergy of this kingdom, may, ere it is too late, be convinced, and endeavour to convince your different flocks, that Christ's Kingdom is nearly at hand; and that all our united prayers may be the means of destroying the power of the devil, and chaining Satan down in the bottomless pit, as foretold in the Revelations, and establishing Christ's peaceable Kingdom here on earth ; so that we may, like her, receive that inestimable reward, which no earthly power can give, is the most ardent wish of my heart.-I, sir, am not mad, nor am I an enthusiast. I am a man very publicly in the world; yet I am not ashamed to speak in any company, what I can prove from our blessed Saviour's words, and having the holy Bible to support it, I need not point out to you where these truths are to be found ; and how they were to be fulfilled, I re( 65 ) fer you to Joanna's writings. The purport of my letter to you, was to demand the writings and letters you had of her's, which she innocently lodged in your hands, thinking that if ever you declined her cause, you would honourably return them ; but I must say, you have entirely deviated from that principle by not doing it; and must further add, that when her Trial comes, you will most certainly be called upon to give an account of that stuff, as you term it, which you amused yourself with burning of. My Sister has sent to desire me to remind you of a letter she sent you in 1796 or 1797, which contains these words
A Judas he shall be to ME
If he doth Me deny;
And treinble for to die.
And hollow all within;
On such deceitful men ? I have further to add, the time above alluded to we are to expect; but the day nor hour no man knoweth, not even the angels in heaven; but that the Lord will come upon them as a thief in the night; and that you, and all mankind might turn unto him whilst the gates of mercy are open, and be ready to meet him at his Coming, is the sincere wish and
of, Sir, yours very respectfully,
(Signed,) JOSEPH SOUTHCOTT. No. 9, Trinity Street, Bristol.
Monday, July 23, 1804. Joanna had a restless night, but towards the morning fell asleep, and lay between sleeping and wak. ing till the postman rang the bell, with a letter from Mr. Foley. She was waked by the bell, and told Underwood, that, whether she was awake when the words were spoke, or whether she dreamt it, she does not know ; but they were these words, “In forty days,
fatal destruction should happen to England.” She was faint, but comfortable : after that Mr. Foley's letter was brought her, which gave her great plea
She then was answered to the words, or her dream"О England, England ! ten years have I warned thee, ten years have my judgments been upon thee, and though the poor have perished in thy streets, and all the land hath been oppressed, yet thou art like the anvil that is hardened to the stroke ; thy teachers are blind guides ; thy priests are polluters of the sanctuary : woe unto those who go in unto them; for they will not enter in themselves, nor suffer those who are entering in to go in. I had one Shepherd, that began in the Spirit, but the shepherds have murdered him ; for he was like Ephraim, as a cake not baken; the Assyrians destroyed his strength; and the pride of the clergy testified in their hearts against him : 0 how weak is Taylor's judgment, to wish thou mightest never trouble Pomeroy more! Let her reflect on the days that are past, how wrong she judged my ordering thee to send him that letter ; but now let her see the justice of its being sent. Now from this day let no man persuade thee; let no man advise thee; let no man say, I wish the Lord would act another way ; but all say, not my will, but thine be done, O Lord ; and then I will make their bliss, complete : but I will be avenged on those Shepherds that mocked Pomeroy; for they have been as serpents in the way to sting him; they have robbed him of his honour; they have robbed him of a good conscience ; 'they have robbed him of the peace of his mind. Because he was like Ephraim, as a cake not baken; therefore, they had power to destroy his strength : but let him not say with Adam, the woman thou sendedst unto me beguiled me and I did eat, or tempted me to do evil; for I now tell Pomeroy, if he had continued, as he began, to follow on to know the Lord, and to be clear in judging before he began to condemn; in blessing, I would
( 67 ) have blessed him ; in multiplying, I would have: multiplied him, and his seed should have been from generation to generation, till time was no more. For in that manner was the letter sent unto him, the promises great, and the threatenings severe ; the promises great, if he continued on to know the Lord; the threatenings severe if he drawed back. And now reflect on Pomeroy's words, what he said unto thee in Taylor's house, how greatly the clergy at Exeter plagued him, that he could not go into a coffeehouse, nor into company where the ministers were, but they would be wearying him with words, that he was ihe prophet, and that it was he that supported thy hand ; so to shun the ridicule of men, he piibo lished to the world that thy God was a devil; but he shall know and tremble too before that God, whoni he called a devil. So the very way he went to save his life, he hath lost it ; for the comfort of his life is destroyed in this world ; and without bitter repent: ance, his soul must perish; for as he rejected thee, and THY MASTER before thee, therefore THY MASTER he cannot come to, unless he repent in dust and ashes: but they that tempted him to this evil have the greater sin ; because they never acted in one step of virtue; but despised every virtuous step that was in him. I will set his good deeds, as well as his black deeds before them: he acted wisely to search out the truth; he acted wisely to offer to clear up the truth; be acred wisely to go to Nutcombe ; he acted wisely to try the clergy; he acted wisely to have the writings sent to his house ; he acted wisely to ask Dennis and his uncle to come to his house, and offered to shew them thy writings and send for thee; but these, like Scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites, would neither enter in themselves, nor suffer him that was entering to go in; but as thou sayest in thy beart they fell upon him, as the greedy hounds fall upon a hare, and made him like a March hare; out of his senses, whien compassed round by the greedy dogs of prey. : And now. by whom was