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For to go round in every sound,
Then come to a straight line;
I tell thee, here 't must so appear,
My Bible men must find.
Another day, to thee I say,
I'll place the Type once more:
And then my handmaids I will try,
If they can straight appear.


Here ends Wednesday night, Sept. 26. This taken. from Joanna Southcott's mouth.



Saturday, September 29, 1804. My last letter must have appeared very puzzling, as I had not time to explain the Mis-maze. Since Joanna was ordered to drop her pen, she saith the words that are given her throw so great a light upon her mind, that while we were writing the lines that she spoke, she began to ruminate and ponder deeply in her own heart, which made her often forget the words that were spoken to her; for when she wrote her ownself, she had then no time to ponder, as she was engaged in writing. So that of late, to prevent any pondering with the words of the Lord,, she has amused her thoughts in taking scraps of paper and doubling them to cut them in holes like diamonds. This she often did when in bed; and finding by this amusement her thoughts were so employed in what she was doing, she never lost a worn that the LORD said to her. But since she has been up, she has often amused herself in bending these scraps of paper to make them stand upon the table; and, as she had seen a Mis-maze at Lord Rolle's, she now sits day after day, when the Spirit of the Lord breaks in upon her, amusing herself with making of Mis-mazes with the paper on the table; and then she has no thought of her own, only amusing her


self with what she was doing; and as soon as we had written one line, she distinctly had another line given her, as fast as we could write them. In this manner she was amusing herself, when we were writing about SOLOMON. She had placed a large pincushion in the middle and made a mis-maze all round it, and then the words were spoken to her of what she had done. So Underwood and I were ordered to take a pencil, and work round all her scraps of paper, some of them the length of the line I have drawn *, some still longer, and some shorter, placed round like hedges in a mis-maze; and we were to try to work round them, so as to bring them into a straight line in the middle; but thinking we were to bring every one to the middle, by so doing we brought them all crooked, which were twenty-four in number. Then Joanna took the pencil and worked round the outward ones first, and when she came to the bottom, she brought them up in a straight line to the middle, and the same at the top; and so she worked the table round, and brought them into four straight lines, that we brought into twenty-four crooked ones. Now I have told you the sense, you will understand the meaning of what was written of the Alis-maze. We were all ordered to draw our judgment, what was meant by the four straight paths. Townley's judgment:-The word of the Lord-the light of the Gospel-the Salvation-and the Redemption of Man. Underwood's :--The word of the Lord to Joanna-the light of the Gospel given through hermen's wisdom to be thrown aside-and give themselves up wholly to be taught of the Lord. While we were drawing our judgments Joanna said, she would not think herself wiser than us, if she drew her judgment clearer; because a light broke in upon her, and teld, that it was the Promise made of the Woman in the Creation-the Promise that was

A line of about six inches in length.



made to the Woman at the Fall-Christ's death to clear the one-and his Second Coming to claim and fulfil the other.

Now Joanna thee I'll answer:

Though the first I will not blame;
Yet 'tis I, that am thy Master,

Work'd thy judgment, none can shame..
Because at first it so was plac'd,

And so I'll work all round;
The others' judgments I'll not cast,
Because my words are found
To make all true before their view,
The straight path to appear.
The judgment that was drawn by you
Shews how the wise do err;
And yet I say the words of they,
Through varied in the sound,
They had a judgment I do know,
That must mankind confound.
The lines were here I now shall clear,
Thou drew'st them straight at first,

And in the end 'twas my intend

Thy judgment right should burst;

For it was I who dwell on high
Did assist thee in the thought.

Thy thoughts were right before men's sight;
For so must all be wrote.

I tell you plain, ye sons of men,

My Bible you work so,

That all is straight before your sight;

And then the end you'll know,

I shall bring in, as thou'st begun,
I tell thee, from the Fall;
No other way, to men I say,
You can my Bible call,

To make it straight before your sight-
No: crooked men go on;

The winding way there's none doth see

How in the end 't must come,

Till Eve work'd round in every sound

My Bible to appear;

For every leaf men must work round,
As I have work'd them here;

And then My WORD that's on record
Will make my Gospel true:
The different judgments all did draw
Be laid before your view."

We are commanded to insert the following letters, the reasons for which will be clearly seen hereafter by the public, as they are now by those who are diligently examining the writings of Joanna Southcott, to know the true meaning of the Bible concerning these latter days.




I have a message from God unto you. If you will not be a just judge, be an unjust judge, that I may be avenged of my adversary. Therefore render unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's, and unto God the things which are God's: but the things that are God's you have kept back, and you say,committed to the flames. Then my answer is, out of your own mouth will I condemn you and you will find have a God to deal with; therefore you must give a satisfactory answer, why you burnt the letters? and what they contained?-You may say, I am he that troubleth Israel: but I have not troubled Israel; but I am troubling you and your father's house, which I mean are the Bishops, because you call them reverend fathers in God. They have acted just like you, to keep back the truths of the Bible, as you have kept back the truths of my writings; they have denied the truths of the Bible, as you have denied the truths of my writings; they have denied the promise made in the fall to the woman; that though they must own it was a promise made, yet they deny it to be a promise to be claimed; or a promise that ever the Lord will fulfil. Then what do men make



of their Bibles? It was to shew what mankind is, that the Lord ordered me to put the writings in your hands, and concealed from me, that you would go from your word, and not be as good as your promise. And now, sir, I must come to the purpose with you. You may think it strange, when I tell you, there is not one man upon earth, hath strengthened my faith so much to prove clearly my visitation from the Lord, as you have you may ask me how? To this I answer: When I first sent to you concerning my prophecies, in 1796, you declared to me, they were never from the Devil; but have often pleaded with me, if they were not from myself? But I was the judge there; and knew they were not of myself; and as you affirmed they were not from the Devil, then I knew they must be from the Lord. Now, while you affirm my writings were not from the Devil, you acted as a worthy, religious minister; as a wise man, as a good man, and as one that seemed to wish to be clear in judging, before you condemned. You told me, in 1796, you was willing to receive any thing from my hands, that you might be a judge of the truth; and when the truth followed by the Bishop's death, you asked me in Mr. Taylor's house, and in Mrs. Taylor's presence, in January 1797, if I could put into your hands the events of the wars concerning Italy, or England; then you would believe my calling was of God? The week following I put in your hands what would happen to Italy, which took place within the six months you mentioned; as you asked me what would happen in three months, or six months. I put in your hands, England would seek for peace, but in vain; for we had involved ourselves in such tumults of war, that the wise men, with all their wisdom, would not be able to make a peace; and that large sums of money would be demanded at the end of the year: all these truths, you know followed. But I confess you simply asked me if I did not know

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