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for myself. This request was complied with; and I sent the following letter to the same gentleman, with a request that he would send a copy to Mr. P.
March 23d, 1814. · Sir,
I must return you thanks for the honourable manner you have acted, respecting Mr. Pomeroy's answer to your letter. As you say, from reading the letters I sent to him, stating the events that I had put into his hands, it induced you to write to know the truth from him; this a gentleman would be inclined to do, who wishes to be a searcher after truth; but, from his answer, I do not marvel at your surprise, when you saw my last publication, announcing to the Jews, that I ain the woman spoken of through the Scriptures; that from me, this year, a Son will be born by the Power of the Most High, to be their deliverer, and restore them back to their own land, which will be the Prince of Peace. But how to reconcile this book and Mr. P.'s letter together you certainly must be at a loss to account for; and therefore you acted wisely to apply to my friends; and I shall ever esteem you as a gentleman of honour, by complying with my request, in sending me his answer; as any letter from Mr. P. or from the Bisliops, I am permitted to receive. Were I another such as is represented in Mr. P.'s answer, I must be the most infamous character that ever existed, or only fit to be chained in a mad-house. It is impossible for me to find words, to point out what a hardened wicked wretch he hath made me appear, by saying, "s that the scandalous use which has been made of his name, the misrepresentations, false assertions, and the unchristian, and injurious treatment, which he has experienced
obliges him to decline writing any answer to yout inquiries.
From such an answer as this, what must the world judge of me, but unworthy the name of a woman, if I could in such a cause as this invent falsehood, and be guilty of misrepresentations, to injure the character of a gentleman and a minister. As to Mr. P.'s private or public character, as a minister, I never heard anything against him ; but as to his conduct to me; respecting my writings, it is unlike either a minister or a christian ; and were it not that I am answered his own conscience will be his accuser, and come stronger against him than ten thousand witnesses; were it not, I say, for this answer, I would surely endeavour to obtain redress by putting the law in force against him, to make him prove what are the lies I have invented, or what misrepresentations I have made, concerning him, which he so much complains of; for I can prove all I have put in print is the truth respecting him. Bet for what purpose doth Mr. P. suppose I was directed, by the Spirit, to put those events into his hands, that the truth might be proved, whether they took place or not, if they were to be concealed afterwards from the public? Then of what use would the warping be to mankind ? And though Mr. P. will not acknowledge the truth, which was put in his hands, yet lie will find in the end, that he hath a God to deal with, and the truth will be demanded of him.
Since I published this Book I was ordered to send it, with my Portrait, to the Prince Regent, to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Bishop of Worcester, Duke of Gloucester, Lord Grosvenor, Lord Ellenborough, and the Recorder of London. I have likewise sent it to the Duke of Kent, the Bishop of London, and the
Bishop of Salisbury.* And this has been ordered to be done to prevent any imposition being practised, either in my name by others, or, if I am led by a wrong spirit myself, it will be proved this year, and that no imposition may be practised upon the Jews, when I know, without a doubt, that I am with child. I am ordered to put in public print, all the names above mentioned, that I have sent the book and likeness to, that the Hebrews abroad, as well as those in England, may know that no deceit was practised upon them ; but that the heads and rulers of the nation were made acquainted with it before it took place.
And now, sir, I will appeal to your judgment: suppose the heads and rulers of the nation should act like Mr. P., as soon as they find their names in public print, and hear that the truth of what was put into their hands is likely to follow; if they should say like him-“ Now we will burn her likeness and her book, and will not acknowledge that we ever received them, that we may evade bearing testimony of the truth in the end." Here I must leave you to judge for yourself, what would be your feelings were you in my place? must I not say with the Prophet Amos, " They have turned judgment into gall, and the fruits of righteousness into hemlock? Would not the justice of the Spirit and the judgment of the Lord, the way he hath directed to make every thing clear before them, be turned into gall and wormwood ? And must they not turn righteousness from the earth ? If all should act as Mr. P. hath done, if I be called forward in a public court, to prove the Birth of the Child, before Lord Ellenborough, to whom I have sent my likeness, that he may know I am the woman, and'the book that it was prophesied of, before it took place; but were he to burn the likeness, and refuse to own that he had received it, and come as an unjust judge against me; I must say, gracious heaven, how could I look upon such men! And what must be the language of the Jews when I bring forward all my witnesses, to prove how it was sent, and by whom it was delivered; and then for all these noblemen to deny it? What must the Jews in such a case judge of the Christians, to call them to believe in the Gospel, if they were to see that no justice of truth could be proved in the professors thereof? Then they must say on either side, we are lost in wonder how to judge. Will the great men and the honourable men of the nation, the judges and rulers of the land, let down their honour, to bring a disgrace upon an innocent woman? For if her report be true, which her witnesses affirm it to be as she hath said, and from her producing the Child in Court, and the Sign she mentioned in her book, it will certainly clear her in every respect. And yet my innocence would stand condemned, if they should act as Mr. P. hath done; for he appears to me as though a premeditated malice was kindled in him so strongly against me, that he would murder his own character to blacken mine, to make me appear an artful, deceitful, lying woman; and therefore I marvel not, from such an answer as he hath sent to you, that people should say I deserve to be burnt; and where he returns the letters of inquiry unanswered, that they should say, he was bribed not to contradict what I have said. To my words I am answered by the Spirit
* The like communication has been subsequently made to John Reeves, Esq.
“ If his conscience be awakened, from the likeness placed before him in thy letter, that he sees it is truth and upright dealings which must be unjustly condemned, if the rulers do as he hath
done; so, if this awaken him to acknowledge the truth, that he hath done himself what he should condemn in another; then he will clear thy character, and say the fault rested with himself. He may send his answer to Underwood, to assign his reasons why he acted as he hath, that thou mayest answer him again. "But if he now goes on hardened, this letter must go in public print; for thy innocence I shall clear one way or other, by my directions, or thy putting the law in force against him."
When I consider my calling, in the manuer I now stand between God and man, it is my indispensable duty to clear my honour amongt inankind, to prove that no deceit has ever been practised by me; but what must the Jews judge of me, if I lie silent under the slander of Mr. P.'s pen, saying I have made false misrepresentations? I would not for any consideration whatever lie under such an accusation, at such a time as this. I do not want Mr. P. to believe in the prophecies; I only want him to send a satisfactory answer to acknowledge the truths I put into his hands, of what I' enumerated in the letter I sent to him in 1804; and if he had acknowledged at that time that he did receive them from me, he would never have been troubled with any more letters on my account. And I now only want a satisfactory answer from him, as he is not required to come forward himself now.
And now, Sir, as you was so honourable as to send Mr. P.'s letter to me, I shall esteem it a favour, if you will send my answer to him; and in so doing you will much oblige
your humble servant,
JOANNA SOUTHCOTT. • The gentleman wrote a letter from himself, and