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The following Letter from the Rev. T. P. Foley to
Mr. Pomeroy, being ordered to be printed, is inserted here, as it came too late to appear in order among the other Letters.
TO THE REVEREND MR. POMEROY,
Old Swinford, Worcestershire, Oct. 16th, 1904. REV, SIR,
I must confess I read a copy of your letter, either to Mr. Bruce or to Mr. Sharp, with the keenest sorrow and indignation ; I was grieved most bitterly, to see a clergyman of such respectable ability and general character as yourself, so far lost to every honourable and religious feeling as to declare positively, with a view to impose upon and deceive the friends of Joanna, that you have no letters, or writings whatever, belonging to Mrs. Southcott, whom you are pleased to term “a deluded and ungrateful woman, and that she herself knew that you had 10 letters or writings of hers near two years since, so that to charge you with having any of her papers now was to deceive the public, and wantonly to traluce your character.” But will you permit 'me, Sir, to ask you, what is become of those letters, which she sent you, from 1796 to 1801, and those writings of “ three sheets of paper,” that were put in your hands in 1797, upon your promising, faithfully and honourably, to bring them forward, either for or against her, when they should be demanded ? Can you, with a safe conscience, lay your hand upon your heart and say this is an untruth?
this is an untruth? I do not believe you
dare do it: for I can assure you, we have full and decided proof to the truth of this statement. And we shall be happy to meet you, in the face of an assembled world, and will try the cause with you,
THE REV. MR. POMEROY.
85 whether we are supporting Lies and an Impostor ; or, whether your accusations can be established. Allow me to tell you, that our honour and characters are as dear to us, as yours can possibly be to you; and we will contend for them (the Lord giving us strength) to the last moment of our existence ; nor are we afraid to meet yourself and any twenty-three men in this kingdom (except those who have received letters from Miss Townley, and have returned them back, or destroyed them; for with such, we have sworn unto the Lord that we will not meet) to decide this serious and most momentous cause ; for it is either the cause of the Most High God; or, it is the cause of error and delusion-and therefore it is high time to be decided which. For if it should prove to be a delusion, thousands and tens of thousands will be ruined—and how can the bishops and clergy, who have been appealed to, answer for themselves to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, for not having diligently searched into this cause, which I know to be one of the first importance that ever came before mankind, and second only to that of our blessed Lord, when he was tried at Pilate's bar. What will be the astonishment and confusion of the Shepherds of Christ's Flock, when they have demonstrative proofs, that this is his blessed and glorious work? Will they not, think you, be almost ready to call upon the mountains and the rocks, to fall on them, and to hide them from the Face of Him that sitteth upon the Throne, and from the wrath of the Laub For they will find the day of his WEATH is come: and who will be able to stand ? I tremble for their situation, as well as your own; and I do most faithfully believe, that without a hasty and hearty repentance, that many will ere long be swept away, by the just judgments of the Lord. I sincerely hope, and pray, that your eyes may be opened, before it is too late, that you
may be sensible of the evil one, who has deceived you, and not Joanna ; and that you may turn unto the Lord with deep contrition, and be forgivenand come forth boldly in this glorious and divine work of the Lord; and I shall hail you with much joy, as a brother snatched from the burning.--The proposal that is now made to you, is so fair and just, that you cannot possibly shun accepting it, without you will sit down with all possible infamy upon your own head. We shall then take it for granted, as you yourself have declared, that you s will be ready at all times, and in all places, to bear testimony to what appears to you to be truth, and to vindicate your aspersed and injured character :” that you will come forth NEXT MONTH, with twenty-three proper persons to meet the twenty-four that we believe to be chosen by the Lord ; and then, after seven days Trial, it will be proved to the world, whether you have acted with truth, honour, and justice'; or, whether we (the friends of Mrs. Southcott) have acted with truth, honour, and justice, to the world, for the glory of God, and the good of mankind-- and let the final result stamp our character, either with infamy, or crown us with the palms of victory:-1 cannot pass over the following charge without a few words : you say Mrs. Southcott .si is a deluded and an ungrateful woman."--I have had the happiness of knowing her for near three years, and I have lived great part of that time in the same house with her, and I do declare, that I never met with any person in my life of a clearer and more sound understanding, than what she possesses. And as to her ingratitude, I do not think there is that being now in existence, who deserves less the accusation than she does ; for in all her transactions, which I have witnessed, piety, charity, honesty, and the strictest honour, have ever borne the supreme and only sway;
TAE REV. MR. POMEROY.
87 and therefore, you must allow me to believe, that you are deceived in your accusations; and so I am persuaded you will find it, when all matters come to be fairly and honestly investigated. I shall conclude with heartily wishing you may weigh every thing with candid and impartial justice; and that honour and truth may hereafter guide you : for we know, " The Lip of Truth shall be established for ever." I am,
Thos. P. FOLEX.
Monday Evening, Oct. 15, 1804. The following is an answer to a person tuho has been
reading Joanna's Books, and who having come to the part where Joanna is mentioned as the Bride in the Revelations, was afraid to read any further, Joanna sent her a letter to explain this, so as to remore her fears. In that letter arguments were brought forth to shew, that it was not more wonderful for the Lord to visit the Virgin Mary to bear a Sim, than to visit a Woman by us Spirit 10 claim the PROMISE made in the Fall to bruise the Serpent's head. Now, Joanna, I shall answer thee.
Thy letter here let men see clear,
What arguments thou 'st us'd;
And perfect like the Jews
Do men begin in every thing,
For all they judge too high ;
And judg'd that she did lie;
That I too highly spoke.
But can the Gentiles mock
If I did come before?
The Holy Ghost appear,
Let inen judge as they will;
The ARIANS' hearts I'll chill,
And like mankind appear;
The Holy Ghost was there;
If at first I stoop'd so low, .
And strongly visit so?
Should I call her at first,
When the CREATION burst In UNITY, all flesh must see
The FATHER and the Son,
In heart and inind as ONE.
The Unity in Heaven