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sent back worse lies than Ananias and Sapphira spoke. Here the Devil with Symonds began their office : and thy Brother is in the Custom Office; now in the Custom Office they are bound to act with justice, honesty, truth, and sincerity, to their king and to their country ; now those laws thy Brother has a right to demand of the Clergy to deal with thee and with Townley, and let him say as Dinah's brethren did : “ Shall they deal with my Sister as they deal with a harlot * ?" He may say, “ Shall they deal with a Lady as they deal with a harlot, one that is faithful to her God, faithful to her friends, and a sincere and faithful friend to my Sister, but that Lady's characier I cannot clear till I have cleared my Sister's innocence, that hath loud the whole truth before me. Her Prophecies I had heard of from the beginning; but I waited for time to be a betier judge, from whence they came. But as these things are now known to the world, and all her Books have been laid before me, I shall coine to the purpose of what she hath laid before me now. Three causes are in hand. The first she lays before me, is her being condemned for adultery in prophaning the truth with the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy. She doth not condemn the man in any temporal adultery; she never heard of a spot in his character that way in her life. In the presence of Mrs. L'aylor she had a particular interview with him, when he intreated her to sign the articles, which must fall upon her head, and be guilty with him, if she do not make the truth public, when he took her by the hand, with a shew of kindness, to persuade her to sign; which she was aften told of, as far as Leeds in Yorkshire, that Joanna Southcott had signed her name in the public Newspaper with Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Pomeroy, who had placed her writings to the devil, with truth and errors blended together,

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so to adulterate the truth; for here Joanna says, At the time I put his name in print, and told him, the LORD had comnianded me to do it, he then said, before Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Jones, it was the devil ordered me to do it, and from that single word drew in Mrs. Taylor and me to sign, that he haid said, my Writings were from the devil, and put it in so artful a manner, that she never discovered the way it was put in till afterwards. And now I shall come to the particulars of Mr. Pomeroy, and how this happened. I put Letters into his hands of events from 1796 to the year 1800; I asked him repeatedly, if he thought them from the devil? He repeatedly answered, No; do not mention the devil; there is not a word in your Writings likely to come from the devil; but would often ask me, if they were not from myself? I always told him, they were not. Sometimes he would tell me, they were from the LORD, and sometimes dispute, and tell me, that my knowledge came from myself. When I assured him they were not, he would ask me, why I did not publish them to the world ? for if he was called of God, as I said I was, he would fear no man upon earth. When I told him I wanted the clergy to come forward, and they would not; he answered, “ then how can you think your calling is of God ? for the Lord never has a work to do that he could not find instruments to work by.” In this manner he would encourage me and discourage me together, to go on and wait, till the Lord did find instruments to work by. Twice he asked me, in Mr. Taylor's house, why I did not bring forward my Writings and have them proved ; for if I could not get twelve men, I should get six; or I should wait till I brought the sword, the plague, and the famine, upon the land. I told hiin I could not prove my Writings without twelve. He said, if it must be twelve, let it be twelve ; I will meet with six or twelve. At the end of 1796, ( 5 ) when I put the Prophecy of the Bishop's death in his hand, after disputing with me for some time, concerning the smallness of it and its being trifling, he asked me again, why I did not prove my Writings? I told him I could not, unless the clergy would come forward. He said, if you cannot get them, get others; getsix Jewsand six Gentiles; I do not care who you get, as long as you bring forward your Writing, and I will meet with any. I told him if I acted deceitfully, I must be the greatest impostor upon earth. He answered, in Mrs.Taylor's presence, do not mention an impostor ; for you are not a bit of an imn. postor, nor do not act like one. I then put the events of another year in his hands. When I told him Mr. Leach said my writings were from the devil, he said do not mention the devil, there is not in your writings a word that I have seen likely to come from the devil; and when I went and told him Sir-Egerton Leigh said they came from the devil, he laughed at him for a fool, and said, “ Is this the great Sir Egerton Leigh ? is this the man that is advertised in the newspapers ? strange ideas indeed, to say your writings are from the deyil !" He assured me they were not from the devil; and he came out after me, when I was going away, to beg that I would not distress my mind, but inake myself easy, for my writings were never from the devil ; then I knew they must be from the Lord. Another time I met him in his own church, as I had appointed to meet him there, when he stopped and talked with me, after the people were gone out; he said, “ he had not one doubt, but what my writings were from the Lord, and he believed-me the WONDROUS WOMAN mentioned in the Bible ; and if the Lord had a work for him and me to do, in due time he would do it; but wished me to make myself easy for the present.” When I told him I was going to Bristol, he, to prevent my going there, went to Chancellor Nutcombe's, and begged they would come forward to pass their judgment; but they refused giving any. After I was in Bristol, he ordered my friends to write to me, to have mc come home, and he would try to bring forward other ministers, if those that were chosen would not come forward. I returned home, when he told me to come to his house, whici. I did. He then asked me, “ if I would stand to the letter my Brother had sent him, to give up to the judgment of twelve ?" I said, " yes, sir, to the judgınent of twelve I'll give up the whole.” He said, " then I should give in the names to him, of those who would come, and put a cross to those who refused.” I put down the twelve names, and I went to six or seven of them, and they all promised to come. Mr. Pomeroy tried the clergy, but could not bring one forward with himself. He then told me, “ he could not compel men; and if I would not give up to the six that would come forward, my writings must abide to be proved.” I told him, I would not give up to eleven men, without the twelve, for that was the command of the LORD unto me. He said, “ then the writings must abide longer ;" but when he siw the Harvests of the 1799, and 1800, and I was complaining the clergy would not come forward, he blamed them equally with me; and said, “ you may write for everlasting ; you may talk for everlasting; you may preach for everlasting ; but nothing will move them till fatal judgments come upon them,”

When my Writings went out in the world, I sent to five ministers. Mr. Pomeroy ordered my Writings to be opened in the presence of witnesses, (and one of the witnesses is here present,) I was ordered to have cvery leaf written upon, before I had any of my writings copied oik. Then I took out wliat was put in print, copied one part, and sent it to Mr. Pomeroy, and wrote to tlie five clergymen to go to Mr. Pomeroy's house, and pass their judgment upon them ; but if the clergy kept silence for seven

days, it would be fatal to me if I did not let them go out in the world; but if they met together in the seven days, and proved the writings to be not from the Lord, they should not go out in the world. Mr. Pomeroy met one of the ministers and intreated him to come to his house, and bring his uncle with him, and he would send for me, when he would shew them the writings that I had sent him; but the minister refused. Mr. Pomeroy had the writings in his hand seven days. I then told him they must go out in the world, and fatal judgments would fall upon me if they did not. Mr. Pomeroy gave the writings into my hand; and confessed he could not persuade me to run that fatal hazard. My writings went out in the world in 1801; then my Sister Carter wrote to Mr. Pomeroy, and begged he would read a letter to me that she had sent to him, as I could not read her hand-writing. Mr. Pomeroy sent for me and read her letter, she saying my Writings were from the devil. I said it was as false as her saying we should have no war in 1792, nor any dearth. He said, it was as wild random talking as Sir Egerton Leigh's; and we must wait to see the event of the Harvest, which was put in his hand. The harvest came perfect as the letter was put in his hands. Then I sent him some of the letters which the clergymen had sent me, and I told him they were coming down to prove the Writings. He said he should he very glad to see thein, and prove the Writings with them. I said if they were not from the Lord, I would not let them come so far. He said do let them come down, tor if it be of God, they may be ihe saving of the nation ; if it be not of God, yon will never be convinced of it till your writings are proved ; so let them come: And in my heart I was determined they should come. I then was ordered to write to them to print their letters received from me, which they did. When these Books came to Exeter, I was ordered to send one to Mr. Pome

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