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I SHALL begin this Book with the Prophecies, which I was ordered to put into the newspapers, as they may otherwise be lost.
The first advertisement, in the Times paper, Oct. 28, 1813:
Joanna Southcott's Letter to the Nation. I, JOANNA SOUTHCOTT, have been more than twelve years publicly warning the nation of what the Lord hath revealed unto me he will do upon the earth; and the events have been daily fulfilling abroad and at home, which causes some to believe the Visitation to be from the Lord; while others, with the most infamous abuse and falsehood, have publicly declared me to be an Impostor ; and others, with the same ignorance and folly, say that my Writings are from the devil, full of blasphemy, and wondered that the Bishops should have suffered me to go on in this manner. I have borne the mockcry and abuse of men ; but now let all their wonder cease ; for I shall return to mock them, as they have mocked me, and prove it is the devil, in the form of men, from whence all this malice and persecution proceed.
And now I shall say with David, “ If I have been vile, I will still be viler;" and if I have been bold, I will be bolder.-- To my other Prophecies I have added two Books, lately published, entitled, “ Book of Wonders ;" and five more will appear hereafter, which I defy all the Bishops in England, the Members of Parliament, and all the Judges in the land, with all the judgment they Can form together, to be able to prove these two books of Wonders, with the other Prophecies, were ever brought round by the wisdom and knowledge of the devil, or by the wisdom and knowledge of an Impostor.
Let the Bishops come forward with the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, and I will soon convince them that I could as soon make the world, as I could make my writings, and bring them round in the manner they have been brought round to be fulfilled. I am not so wise as the world makes me; therefore, I shall give unto the Lord the honour and glory that is due unto his name : and those that say they are from the devil, I shall turn their blasphemy upon their own heads; because it is blasphemy to say, that such wisdom, knowledge, and power, can be in the devil. And I was answered this morning, that if men went on in this way, and the Bishops did not awaken, to prove the calling is from on high, to stop this blasphemy in men, that awful judgments should now come on, upon them and upon the nation : for these are the words said unto me:
“I will laugh at their calamity ; I will mock “ when their fear cometh : when your fear cometh
as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a " whirlwind : when distress and anguish come
upon you ; then shall they call upon me, but I “ will not answer; they shall seek me early, but " they shall not find me: for I have looked and " there is none to help; and I wondered that there “ was none to uphold; therefore mine own arm “ brought salvation unto ME; and my fury upheld
me ; and I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury; I will bring down their strength to the earth.”
This is the voice of the Lord unto me, from the scripture Prophecies.-" The watchmen are blind; " they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs " that cannot bark, sleeping, laying down to “ slumber."-But this is the answer of the Lord to me--" They shall be visited of the Lord of hosts 5 “ with thunder and with earthquake, and great “noise, with storms and tempests, and the flame “ of devouring fire. Stay yourselves and wonder,
cry ye out, and cry, they are drunken, but not “ with wine; they are staggered, but not with “strong drink. The Lord shall go forth as a
mighty man ; he shall stir up jealousy as a man " of war; he shall cry, yea, roar ; he shall prevail
against his enemies. I have long time holden
my peace; I have been still and refrained my" self; now will I cry like a travailing woman : I “ will destroy and devour at once."
Here are the threatenings, that I am now ordered to bring out to the Nation, of the Scriptures that the Lord will fulfil, if men now carelessly sleep, after ThIS WARNING; but if they awake as men out of sleep, and obey the call; then they may look to the Promises in the following chapters : Isaiah 1—8, 9, chapter xlvi. chapter Ixv. and chapter lxvi.
This I am ordered to put in the public papers; and if I have no one to come forward to plead my cause for me, the Lord is working a way for me to plead it myself, and shame all that shamed me, and confound all that confounded me.
Now as Rowland Hill called my friends threeand-twenty mad fools, for believing that my Visitation was from the Lord; let him bring forward three-and-twenty mad fools to prove these Two Books, which I have lately published, with my other Prophecies, were ever brought round by the wisdom of a woman, or the wisdom of the devil; then they must be mad fools indeed, if they attempt it; for it has been none but mad fools that have written a book against me yet, by Satan's forming himself in them; and that their publications have proved.
JOANNA SOUTHCOTT, Oct. 28th, 1813.
The second Advertisement, in the Morning Herald,
November 9th, 1813.
A WARNING TO THE BISHOPS, FROM JOANNA
BY THE COMMAND OF THE
AS the Public say that the Bishops will not give themselves the trouble of searching whether my Visitation is of God, or not, the following answer was given to me by the Spirit :
“ If they go on according to the judgment of men, and thou art confined one year in this house, as a prisoner, through their neglect, then in one year I will cut them all off, like the three signs I have mentioned. Know I told thee I should begin at the sanctuary."
The first sign was of the Bishop's death, in 1796, which was put in the hand of the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy. The second sign was in 1801; as the Bishop of Exeter refused to hear of the Visitation, I was ordered to come to London, and St. Peter's bell should toll for the Bishop when I returned to Exeter again, and this was fulfilled in 1803. The other was the threatening to the Bishop of London, in 1804, as he refused to hear of the Visitation, when applied to. And, as the Lord fulfilled his word with them, I am answered, that he will fulfil his word with all, if they do not exert the power they are invested with. And this I am strictly commanded to put in the newspaper.
And now I am called back to my former writings, where it is said, “ One month you'll see your destiny, what will befall your land;" so this month fixes the destiny for the ensuing year, either for blessings or judgments. If the Bishops keep silence till this month of November is over, then they may keep silence until next November, 1814.
For I am answered, that now the time is come of the fulfilment of a letter I sent to the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, in 1796 :-" Awake, my Shepherds, saith the Lord, lest I kindle a fire in mine anger, and a wrath in my fury, that shall burn to the nethermost hell. But if ye awake, O Zion, and put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your righteousness appear as the noon-day sun; and God, even our God, will give us his blessing.
These are the promises, these are the threatenings, which I was ordered to send to him, in 1796; and now I am answered, that the Lord will fulfil them one way or other, according as the command is obeyed or disobeyed. The Bishops are now called upon to judge between the Shepherd and the Sheep, from a book lately published, entitled, “ The Second Book of Wonders."
JOANNA SOUTHCOTT. * The Book alluded to is sold at M. Jones's, No. 5, Newgate-Street.
In consequence of the last-mentioned advertise. ment, many persons applied to the bookseller for the book therein pointed out; but when the “ Second Book of Wonders" was offered to them as such; they all refused taking it, saying that they wanted the Warning to the Bishops; and nothing that was said could induce any one to take the book. In consequence of such a misconception, more copies of the “ Second Book of Wonders” were sent to the bookseller, with the following words written on the title page of each :
This is the “ Second BOOK OF WONDERS," mentioned in the newspaper, that the Bishops are applied to for to judge between the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy and me, from the letters which passed between us in 1804. See 31st page.
The first wonder is, that Joanna Southcott hath