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Send every letter, and they'll see they're foil'd;
For all the letters they turn'd back too soon;
Because I tell thee they judgd me like man,
To alter the decrees that I did make,
And so their letters they did all turn back."
(Signed,) JOANNA SOUTHCOTT.
May 23, 1804. Now, to tell the sense of this, the child was appointed to be buried this day, Wednesday, the 23rd, but the nurse thought it would not keep, and the letters were ordered to be sent at the child's burial; so, as the fa. ther had altered his plin, the letters were sent the same day and turned back, being too late for the post, Now I shall give you part of the meaning of the letters being sent, from the child's death. DEAR Miss TOWNLEY,
I now send you the words given to me by the Spirit, about the burial :
“I shall tell thee the shadow of the child They had it buried sooner than they proposed, fear. ing a putrefaction in the child that it would not keep. Now I tell thee, here is the shadow for thee : sooner than thou mayest expect, thy trial will come on, as men will fear the putrefaction in thee.--If it be from a disorder in thy head, they will say it is time to put a stop to it; but if it be of God they will say, it is time to fear what judgments are coming on man. Now I shall come to another type and shadow : remember when thy writings were proved, I ordered them first to be buried in the cave, of the dark regions like a grave, as a type of the shadow of death : soon after that, the wind rose high.Now after the child was put in the grave, see how hard the rain came, and the heavens werecovered
with blackness : and now they are writing to warn the bishops and clergy.-
“Here is a type stands deep for all: S
This funeral will bring on the call
To make the shepherds to appear
Therefore the shadow I placd there
To have the likeness at the first.
But now the substance it is plac'd :
A PERFECT FUNERAL now is come;
And so the substance will go on
To have thy Trial to appear-
They'll find these shadows first were there:
But now the substance it is come,
And every substance will be known,
In perfect likeness to appear:
They'll find the substance now is near;
For all as shadows I plac'd first,
But now the substance I place last,
To bring thy awful trial on-
And Townley's trembling will be known,
That strong in thee it will appear,
As in thy stead I've pow plac'd her,
And in thy stead she bold may stand-
The heavens with blackness now command,
And now my blackness will appear,
Ifmen don't hasty waken here,
As she so early did awake,
I say, my clouds on them shall break;
Because, from shadows all shall see,
Such things were ne'er brought round by thee,
To place the shadows at the first,
That like a funeral this should burst:
And now the funeral doth appear,
From innocence no sin was here
Ever committed by the child-
And here the learned men are foil'd;
As I compared with my own :
Then here the child must sure be known.
In innocence, I say, to die
And mark the words were said to thee,
When that the shadow did appear,
Thou-know'st, the child I told thee there:
To shew my Birth, the child must come;
And so my Death a shadow then.
But now the shadow's in the child,
To'shew my death, to reconcile
The world to God-like him I died
In strong convulsions then for man.
• That is, the writings put in a vault at Paddington, a shadow then of the burial now.
The Garden first you must discern,
What Agonies I then did bear!
And how the midnight hour drew near,
As my Convulsions were within.
My feelings were unknown to Men
What for their sakes I then did bear;
As well I knew my chosen were
To suffer then the like for Me-
And then the Jews I knew were cast,
To prove the mysteries at the last,
That dead to knowledge man was come,
As I at first pronounced him;
And so their knowledge it was dead;
And by their death my Blood was shed;
Because that mE they did not know,
From all the wonders I did show,
A's never could be work'd by man.
And now in SPIRIT I am come
To work by Wisdom now the same,
And man knows not from whence it came
To see these mysteries so brought round;
They cannot tell from whence the sound,
Before some others do appear
To make these mysteries out more clear;
And then they'll own their knowledge dead
To every thing before them laid;
That they did never understand
It was a Work by my Command;
Because they judg'd I could not go
To stoop to man in things so low.
From types and shadows to appear
In language low, no man could clear,
To see the depth, how all is plac'd.
You ne'er discern'd, ye fallen race,
How I from shadows plac'd all first,
Nor how the likeness it did burst.
The type of Isaac plac'd before,
And so my death it did appear.
And then the Brazen Serpent see;
For as I say they look'd on ME,
Nought but a Serpent to appear,
As from the Jews, they judgd me there.
So from these shadows none do see
How deep they're plac'd as types of ME;
And let my Gospel to appear;
From Parables I told them there,
How I had liken'd every thing.
Now all to your remembrance bring,
Then all these shadow's you'd see clear
Doth with my Bible all compare.
From types and shadows I began,
From types I now shall make an end;
So from this type I now do say *,
Here is a shadow plac'd this day,
1 * Child's convulsions, death, and burial.
How all the substance will appear,
For the death warrant's hastening here:
Unto the shepherds this will be,
And their convulsions you will see
To be much greater than the child's ;
For now the learned will be foild.
For here's a mystery none do sce,
How the Tenth Year these things must be,
To have thy letters blaz'd abroad,
A way that man ne'er understood;
But judg'd the letters sent before *
Did in like manner so appear;.
But then thy letter could not be,
Thou publish'd then the mind of MĘ
In public letters for to send;
But now I tell thee, by thy friend
Thy letter is publish'd all abroad :
And all the others will be know'd
To Ay abroad to man the same;
For here's the letters I did namnet,
That I should make to fly abroad;
And now their conduct will be know'd,
For different roads they now will take
Until they find the truth to break.
But from what shadows you don't discern
The way or manner I to you do warn;
It was a private letter blaz'd abroad,
When in November every truth was know'd :
And now to make the likeness all agree,
It is the private letter I tell thee,
That by the public now must fly abroad;
For like the shadows must the truth be know'd;
For so the substance in the end must burst,--.
You ne'er discern'd the manner of the first,
Nor how the shadow it did first appear:
When Pomeroy read his name in public there,
That thou didst put in print by my Command,
But now the substance all may understand.”
(signed,) Joanna SouthcoTT.
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Dear Miss TowNLEY,
May 23d, 1804. In answer to the Letters being returned, you say, the day the child was buried, and the Letters sent the
• Parliament Letters.
† See page 82 of Joanna's Six Books of Prophecies.
day he was designed to be buried, I was answered in the following manner:
"As this day was designed for the child's funeral, and this day the letters are sent, it will be for their funerals if the living do not lay it to heart. But as the child was buried the day before, and the letters did not go that day, if they come forward like the letters, the funeral is gone before them; and by the child's death they may have life. If they do as these have done, to improve their time for the future, and be strict to obey my Commands; then I shall change my Threatenings into Blessings, as thy Brother changed his funeral ; and my sunshine shall rise upon them. If they now 'turn unto ME, I will now turn unto them. And now I will tell thee why I have made thee a prisoner: Because I know the weakness of thy nature, mind, and heart. I put thee to the trial by Pomeroy, and saw the weakness of thy heart : thou hadst no fortitude to withstand one man, but signed thy name, to please him, to what he never said but once ; and that was by putting his name in print, which he said was from the devil; but he never said thy writings were *. But as he complained to thee, thou hadst no fortitude to dispute with him. Therefore, now I have made thee a prisoner, to see no one before it is disputed by those that have more strength and fortitude than thou hast got; and not to give up to any before they give their strong reasons, why they judge thy prophecies come from the-Devil; and how they can prove such types and shadows were first placed by him ; and how the substance came in such manner, in the tenth year, wherein thou sawest the light of the candles; and how thy Brother should have a Son in that very ycar, that had nought but daughters before : but he said he had a Son dead-born before the time. And now I tell thee, like dead-born
• See page 76 of the Second Book of Letters,