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FAST DAY, MAY, 1804.
LONDON: PRINTED BY $. ROUSSEAU, WOOD STREET, SR A FIELDS,
AND SOLD BY E. J. FIELD, NO. 2, HIGH STREET, ST. GILES'S, TWO DOORS FROM THE ANGBų INN; THE MISS EVELEIGH'S EXETER;
AND W. SIMMONS, GANDY LANE, EXETER. 1804.
Dear Miss Townley,
I Shall give you the communication that is given to me this day, the 24th of May, after you sent me the Forın of Prayer for the Fast Day. I was ordered to call all things to my remembrance in 1796, in answer to the Prayers for the Fast :-" I then ordered thee to write to Pomeroy, and in that year to put in his hand of the Bishop's death *. But now I have ordered thee to warn the Bishops and the Clergy in May; and now in May the Fast is ;-and' out of their own mouths will I condemn them all, if they are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm ; for the Letters were written to warn the Clergy before the Fast came; therefore I ordered one to be hastily sent to the Bishop, and to have the Letters hastily printed. So if they are now lukewarm, they are condemned from the very Scriptures they have placed. If they say they have wisdom and want nothing, then I tell them they are blind and naked. I have counselled thein to buy of me true gold ; that they may be clothed, that the shame of their nakedness may not appear ; and to anoint their eyes with eye-salve that they may see ; for as many as I love I rebuke ; and this Nation I have rebuked, as there are many in it whom I love ; but let them not think the French are sinners above all men, because they have done these things. I tell them nay, but unless they repent they shall all likewise perish. Now let them
• This took place at the end of the year.
mark the lesson in Isaiah, the 38th chapter,-In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death, and a Sign was given him from the Lord. Now let the learned answer what the Sign was for ? Could I not have restored liin without giving him a Sign, and do the thing I had promised him? Could he not take my word without a bond ? Yet I gave a Sign to Hezekiah. And now I have given Signs unto the Nation : If they turn unto me, as Hezekiah did, my threatenings shall go backwards; and I will save this Nation, that is condemned to die by judgments ; but if they will not lay it to heart, as Hezekiah did, they shall fall by the Signs of the convulsions placed in the Child. So here is the Sign set before them; and the Signs of the Gospel are now come, from the many false Christs that have appeared. Two false Christs have written to thee; therefore I ordered thee to keep their letters, to prove that false Christs were come; and two others have told thee they were the Christs, and wanted thee to trust to thein for Redemption. Yet they confess they never were visited by the Spirit of Prophecy, or had any power given them of working of Miracles. So the Sign of false Christs hath appeared unto thee, as well as the Signs of Tumults and War. But I should act like men, to come to one part of the chapter and not go through the whole. For I tell thee, that chapter is like thy writings.—The shadow fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem, and what followed after to my disciples; but the end was not then; for men have stopped where I shall begin-When ye see Je
. rusalem compassed with armies, know the desolation is nigh; and that desolation followed Jerusalemn. But can man say the end followed then-to see me come in a cloud with great Power and Glory? I tell thee no—But now the time is at hand, that all these things shall be fulfilled--and man's Redemption draws nigh: For the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand. But the fulfillment of the chapter * is as
• The xxxviüth of Isaiah.
DEAR Miss TownLEY,
Now I shall tell you the reasons assigned to me, why you was permitted to have the Book altered from the first directions that were given mg; and then I was ordered the Book should not go out in the world so, but take away your letter, where you say Christ is Coming the Helpmate in the Woman, to shew mankind they had done by their Bibles, as I am ordered now to do by the Book : they have taken away the first promise that was made them; therefore you are ordered to have one thousand halt sheets printed, beginning with the Church Prayers, as far as the leaf was sent, and then let all the others stand as they are *. If the readers enquire why the Prayers of the Fast stand printed twice in one Book, the answer is given : because by their taking away the first promise, that the serpent's head must not be bruised, nor the Woman made à helpmate for Man's good, by the death of Christ; that as in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive; this they have taken away, and placed their Bibles for to crucify the Lord afresh, and to have Him die twice, as the Prayers are printed twice. And now this Book must go out one thousand with this half sheet, to convince mankind the way they are taking their names out of the book of Life, and the other six thousand must go out as they are printed, after my trial is over. Now the readers may ask, how this confusion came? To this I answer , I was ordered to begin the Book with the Prayers on the Fast ; and one proof sheet was printed so, which was sent to Bristol, to Miss Townley ; and she not knowing the order was given me from the Lord, wrote to Mr. Sharp to alter the beginning, and have the Book begin with the letters she sent
Two distressing difficulties here operated on the heart of Joanpa. The Lord's command she inust obey; and her faithful friend she could not offend; who not knowing of the Lord's command had innocently given contrary orders. Joanna was afraid the contempt might appear against her friend, which was intended for the clergy, who had treated these letters with scorn and derision; therefore they were ordered by divine command to be withdrawn, and published after the Trial.
to the Bishops. This was done unknown to me, after that I was ordered to call in every printed letter, that no one might be able to have one, as the Ministers were turning them back, with infamous scorn and contempt; and I was answered, not one of them that had returned the letters should appear in my presence; and that they might not be able to forge them, or produce any thing of the kind, every letter was called in, and every Minister that doth appear, must bring his letter with 'him and swear by Him that liveth, the letter was sent him, and he has kept it; and other Ministers that ever appear in my presence must swear by Him that liveth, they never had a letter sent them; for every man that has turned back his letter is as an evil forbidden fruit to me, that I would fly from, as from tlie face of a serpents and as a serpent they must fly from me, for now is coming the New Covenant with Man, The Lord will do away the first and establish the last, by the Woman's perfect obe, dience; and to prevent her seeing the forbidden fruit, they are bound by this oath, never to come in her presence, that we may not fall the second time ; for then the last error would be worse than the first, Therefore when I saw the Baok, it is fruitless to pen the horror I felt, fearing we had done wrong; and recollecting, in a letter of Mr. Sharp, wherein he said he had altered the title page which I understood was the outside leaf, which I did not approve of, but when I saw, in ano, ther letter, he had altered the whole, theworld will sce what I must have suffered, but not one quarter part can they be a judge of what I suffered, from two o'clock yesterday till ten o'clock to-day; but this will appear in another letter, and now I shall give the answer of the Spirit, as it is spoken in verse :
Now Joanna thee I'll answer,
And so their wisdom doth betray