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ed.out to you that Ahab was seduced hy. Can a man presumptuously say, he prophesieth in the'name of Christ, and boldly tell you, there is no necessity for spiritual gifts? Then he must be the prophet he mentions, to say the Lord saith, when the Lord hath not spoken. Then how can he be an ambassador from Christ, and a prophet in his name, without he be visited by his Spirit? Deeply are the words said to me, that the anger of the Lord, that, was kindled in me so greatly yesterday, the 2d. of June, was as much in consequence of his letter, that the Lord knew was coming, as it was for the bishop's, refusing to search into every truth; therefore the Lord worked in my heart, to place the Scriptures in that manner, and send them to you; and gave that strict charge, they should .go in print. For the Lord knew what letters were coming from a man who saith Lord, Lord, and thinks because he is a minister he is an ambassador from Christ, and hath authority to prophesy in his name, with confidence and assurance: and this is the reason why the Lord has so threatened the clergy, for setting up their own wisdom, in opposition to the wisdom of God. But what did the Lord say, by the mouth of his prophets? Prophesy thou against these prophets, that prophesy out of their own hearts, and have seen nothing; and say the Lord saith, when I have not spoken. For I neither commanded him, neither did I send him, is the word of the Lord, now spoken to me. Therefore the threatening^ of the Lord are so severe to the bishops, if they do not call the whole together, and let the cause be fairly tried who is the true prophet, he that denieth spiritual gifts, and says there is no necessity for them, but yet affirmeth in Christ's name he is a prophet unto you, and threatens judgments if you do not obey his voice. On the other hand, I am writing to you from the Spirit, that fatal judgments will fall upon you, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord

£nd follow after spiritual gifts, that you may know the Lord, if you follow on to know hiin. Now which are you to obey, God or man, judge ye? It is your cause they must take in haud, which of the two you are to obey; and whether all the ministers are prophets, the bishops must decide: or you will all find an Ahab's reign shall come. So let the cause be fairly tried, who is the Micaiah the true prophet, of who are the false prophets? For he has pointed to the very chapter that I have threatened shall bring destruction on your land, if they are seduced by false prophets. And now he hath toldTownley, the ministers are the prophets, without spiritual gifts; and I have told them thou art the prophet with spiritual gifts. Then let the truth be tried; and this chapter must be mentioned: Ahab was seduced by false prophets, and was slain. And now he sairh the ministers are the ambassadors of Christ, and they are the prophets of the Lord. Then now judge for yourselves, ye men of Israel; Ahab's false prophets were many, but the true prophet Micaiah was but One; so the False prophets must be the clergy, as he has made the clergy the prophets,, and they are many; but I am One'; and his letter has brought it to the very purport of my writings, and out of his own mouth he has cast the clergy for false prophets, by the chapter he, alluded to, and made good my last books; for in them they are cast as false prophets; and it was said the shame of their nakedness would appear.

<' So here you see the rope of sand,
That if as prophets they may stand:
Then sure vourLand must qll be cas(,
As in the chapter it is plad'd."

Here I shall end for the present, as I fear this letter will be too late for the post, and I am ordered it must go to day, as the letter I wrote to yon yesterday, and the letter I have sent you to day', must go in print together; so, my dear Miss Townley, I must bid adieu. You will hear from me again to-morrow with t full explanation of the whole.

(Signed,) Joanna Southcott. Dear Miss Townley, May tfolQth, 1804*

In what wondrous manner is the Lord no.v working, to bring every shadow to the substance! and yet it is in so easy a manner as though all came By chance. But I remember how deeply it was said to me years agonc, that all these, times, seasons, and chances, were ordered and ordained by the LorcL From the newspaper that you sent me, of an .advertisement being put in the paper by my friend, who desires the religious Society for the Suppression of Vice to examine my books and writings, and to point out every false doctrine they contain; or, if on the contrary they should be found true explanations of the Bible, the society must feel it a duty to make every laudable effort to spread the knowledge of her books in the world. When I had read the advertisement, I was ordered to look the paper over, and found a trial in the court of King's Bench, May 24ih, the King v. William Cobbett. It was an Information filed, ex officio, by the attorney general against Mr. Cobbett, for an alledged libel di Lord Hardwicke, the lord lieutenant of Ireland; Lord Redesdale, lord high chancellor of Ireland; Mr. Justice Osborne, one of the puisne judges of the court, of King's Bench in Ireland; and Alexander Marsden Esq. under secretary in the civil department in Ireland.—I was ordered to take out this part of the trial:

"I beg leave to say; geritlemeri of the jury $ that the question for you to try, istheyao ammo with which this writing has been published. It compliments the private virtues of Lord Hardwicke, but it points out his defects as a political character. It inculcates the most loyal principles, and execrates rebellion throughout. His object is clearly to excite the vigilance of the well affected of both countries, in order to secure them from the dreadful consequences of sudden insurrections, and the calamitiei

\ 44 ) Occasioned by it, such as unfortunately took place in Ii eland, in the month of July last."

After I had copied these words, I was ordered to mark the letter sent me, the same day, of the eight men that are printing a Book against my Writings* —Now I shall give the Communication that was given to me, in answer to the above—

"In all thy Writings I have gone from Types and Shadows; and this year I have told thee that the Types and Shadows shall stand together. Now in the newspaper, that thy friend points out thy" Writings and Books to be examined by the Society, the libel against Hardwicke stands. Now I tell thee, no men, by all the learning they can invent, can bring thine as a libel against man; because thou hast done all in my Name, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, who feareth no man's person; and thou hast done all by my command; so if they indict thee, it must be for a libel against the Lord, whose private goodness to mankind thou hast pointed out through all thy writings ; but the public threatenings arc pointed out to man the same. So here i§ the libel that men must try, not as against man, but as against Me, whose

> Private Virtues' are all unknown to man,

That's in thy writings ami shall ever stand;
And that my private Friends tlicy all shall sec
My private virtues are made known to thee;
And so to man they're publish'd all abroad,
To have my private Love for man made known;
But for the public it may now appear.
That hard the threatenings to tins nation here,
If they in silence now these word* do hear,
And do not seek the truth in all to clear;
Because a week they'll surely find to come,
That I'm the Lord and will them all condemn.
If they bring Trials for men's honour here,
And will not seek my honour for to clear:
To prove the calling if it be of God,
1 tell them plain that hard they'll feel my rod.
Because an awful week I'll bring to man—
My public threatenings are throughout your Laud*;
-> And if my honour you'll not here maintain,
To act for Me as you do act for men,
To bring the Trial, vou sav the Truth you'll see,
For -with this libel it doth ail agree.

My private footsteps and my Loyc for man
Are surely publish'd by her written hand;
But for my public theatenings that are here
You judg'd them hard, but they shall be severs*
If now I see you shew more love to man.
To clear his honour, than for mine you'll come
The Truth to try—If you'll not seek to know,
I tell you plain, that hard my hand shall go;
For I'm the Lord, that she has written here,
My private Love to man she hath made clear;
But public threatenings and my wrath severe,
I tell you now, shall come upon the Land,
If not for Me you will the Trial stand,
To know if she has forg'd my Name or no—
And to.the press these threatenings now must gpj
Because this shadow here 1 did ordain:
And see the Bill is put in by my friend,
To have the truth in all be fairly tried.
And now they'll surely find, if I m denied,
That hard my Judgments now shall be for man,-
If for my honour thev refuse to stand
The Truth in every thing to prove and try.
Since now for man they easy did comply.
To bring the Trial hasty on for man;'
And for my honour now I bid them stand,
For I am the Lord, that every soul shall see,
That now commands this Bill put in to be j
And if to prove it you do not regard,
I tel! you plain, my hand you'll find It hard;
For there are Libels printing now I see,
Against my honour, and they cast shall be,
Because they're printing now aszainst my Name,
Against thy writings men are going on.
Then sure I say they're printing against Me,
And that with fury all your Land shall see,
If men don't hasty come for to prevent,
Anil say, we'll try the cause with one consent,
To know from whence the Bill doth now appeaf
Against my honour men are printing here.
They must confess it is in man or thee;
For if thy writings do not come from Me,
Then thou art wrongly printing in my Name;
And then mankind I'll surely put to shame,
If they in love for Me do not appear,
To prove from whence it came, and see all clear;
Whether or no they do come from the Lord
They all must judge, it by the written word, *""
Which from the world is now seal'd up from man.
For there in secret I have laid my plan,
The faith and wisdom first in men to try,
And then behind they'll find my wisdom Iie»
The truth of all I then shall surely clear,
And they shall find the Lord of I,ords is here.
That men in libels printing now they be
Against my honour I do plainly see;
And so I say they surely shall be cast—*,.

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