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who have shewed their faith by their works, who have already been tried and proved, that must now be called forward with strangers, when they appear. And I now tell thee, among strangers thou wilt find many sincere and faithful friends, many true and faithful witnesses : but I do not tell thee it would be so in all that would come forward, if they had it in their power; and therefore, as I said before, to guard thee now against the unjust, I must place the innocent with the guilty, and the just with the unjust, that no offence might be given.
be given. Thou must have thy friends, whom thou canst depend upon, to be witnesses with all; for know of the past, how many pretended to come forward as friends, and afterwards turned thy enemies: and false inventions, and wrong misrepresentations have already been made through envy; and which, I tell thee, would be much greater, were it not for thy faithful witnesses. Therefore all men may, see that my directions are just, my cautions are just, to guard and keep thee from all danger, that might happen in a dangerous time, when the hour of thy deliverance draweth near.
“ I have given thee directions, to prevent inquiries wbich might be made by letters, as there ivill not be time to answer all the inquiries that people would make. But I have answered them already : they must weigh these Five Books together, and wait with patience till the Sixth appeareth, wherein it will be announced that the MARRIAGE, which I have mentioned, hath taken place; in the Seventh the Birth of the CHILD : and then, as thou saidst before, all their wonders may cease; for then they may cease wondering whether there is a God that dwelleth in the heavens above and amongst the inhabitants of the earth below, by whose wisdom and power these wonders are brought round to be fulfilled. When they compare the whole together, then they may see the wonders in the Revelations breaking before them to be fulfilled, from what I told thee of Bonaparte and thyself, and other wonderful and strange events, which are bastening on, to bring men to the true knowledge of the Scriptures, a true knowledge that the end is at hand, for all men to come to the knowledge of the Lord, which is to cover the carth as the waters cover the great deep.
“ And now ye may all see why I granted ONE MINISTERliberty to come forward with theBISHOPS, before the trial was fixed of its end, and I granted but one; and let them see, in this Book, how he stands condemned, as not acting faithfully in the trust committed to his charge ; and therefore I granted him liberty to come forward and plead for himself, if he had any thing to say in his own defence: and this liberty I shall not now refuse; for that is not the justice of a God, to blame a man's conduct, and not permitted him to come forward and plead his own cause."
The contents of this Book taken from JOANNA SOUTHcott's mouth, by me,
ANN UNDERWOOD. Witness, JANE TOWNLEY.
Saturday, June 11th, 1814.
W. MARCIANT, Printer, Iogram-Court, London.
RESPECTING this letter the counsels of the heart have been made manifest to me; for God hath revealed, by the Spirit, that the judgment, which Mr. P. drew from it, hath caused all the discord between him and me.
“ The Spirit searcheth all thing: yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man, which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” 1 Cor. ii. 10. iv. 5.
“ The counsel of the heart is now made manitest to me, in what manner he judged the letter, which caused his
and indigna tion, and which I was quite ignorant of; as I
W. MARCRANT, Printer,
viewed the letter in a very different light; and, therefore, as Solomon saith,“ all the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the Lord weigheth the spirits :" and, from this revelation, it is accounted to me why Mr. P.'s conduct appeared clean in his own eyes, which I have been at a loss to aceount for. Anda both have been blamed from the letters which passed between us, and which stand in print; but now I cannot see how men of wisdom can blame either; for, as I had never such a thought concerning the letter, as I am answered he had, that it alluded to a marriage with any man; but that it only meant threatenings if he did not faithfully search out the truth, and that the promises of God were great to him in spiritual blessings, if he acted faithfully, to search out the truth, and, as he acted faithfully till the writings went out in the world; then I judged that he had done what was required of him; but when he fell back through unbelief, and refused to give up the letters which I had put in his hands, saying he had burnt them; this kindled anger in me; in the first place, to think that he had led me on for six years, assuring me that my writings were not from the devil, and laughed at those who said they were. Thus, by his judgments, I was strengthened to go on; being answered that his judgment should be right; and thus I was led on, till my writings were out in the world, and my name was publicly spread abroad, as being visited from the Lord by prophecy, from the events that had taken place, and what was hastening on; and as to which I put myself to great expenses in publishing six thousand pamphlets, and other expenses attending it. Now, after my name was thus gone abroad, for Ms. P. to change from his former judgment, to turn it another way, and disgrace my character, by
saying it was from the devil, and refused to give up the prophecies which I had put in his hands, that proved the truth had followed ; this kindled my anger, and I judged that he had acted deceitfully with me, which he assigned no cause for, only to prevent the mockery of the world, that mocked him for judging that the prophecies were from the Lord, and which I thought would have been to his credit, to have pointed out the truths of those events that had taken place, put in his hands, which caused him to draw the judgment he did, and to have said that the future events he must leave to time, and be a silent spectator of what was hastening on; as he saw, from the gentlemen who came to Exeter, that there were others who drew the same judgment as he had done. In this manner I judged he might have cleared himself of the mockery of the world, without doing me so great an injury, by joining with my enemies, who rose up in malice against me; but, as to the letter put in his bands in 1797, which will be brought forward in this book, he never mentioned it to me, that he drew any judgment thereon, neither was it revealed to me from whence his anger arose, any further than men and devils working upon his heart to see things in a wrong light. In 1804, when I was at Bristol, I was ordered to point out the events I had put in his hands, and require an auswer from bin; but, instead of giving any answer to me, he sent a letter to my friends to set them against me, if he could have done it, and refused to give any answer to the inquiries of my friends, who were then ordered to write tó him; but he treated all with scorn and contempt.
This conduct in him, both myself and my friends · were at a loss to account for; yet I was still or