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The following day I received a letter from a friend at Birmingham, as follows: —
"As I was preaching, in our room, a gentleman came up and accosted one of our believers with saying, 'Well, what does Mr. B. think of it now? Mr. Pomeroy is dead, who was to bring Joanna to her trial.' After 1 returned home I must say that I gave no credit whatever to it; as such floods of lies in every respect are cast out against us; but on reading the Traveller paper of Saturday, this morning, I find the account of his death fully confirmed. I was certainly startled, in that I thought he would live to see the awful trial."
On hearing the confirmation of his death, I was grieved to the heart, as I was left to my own thoughts, and my own feelings; and, from my own feelings, I was ordered to return them an answer, which I did in the following manner:
Dear Friend, August 25, 1813.
My spirits have been greatly agitated ever since i heard of the death of the Rev. Mr Pomeroy; and I have been left to my own ponderings, and my own feelings, concerning him, which, I must say, are great: and I wish all the friends to be careful how they speak or judge of him; for this I wish them all to consider; his calling first was as one alone, in the beginning of the year 1796; and the events of the years were put in his hands. He acted faithfully; he stood stedfast; and strengthened me to go on; as he acted in every step as I was foretold. He went to the Chancellor ******** and the Rev. Mr. ****** and many other ministers, to try to bring them forward with him; but as they said they could not judge from what Spirit I was visited, they refused to come forward with him; so that he stood stedfast alone by himself; and by his judgment the writings went out in the world; and there he stood the judge alone; and as the books were printed, the first year, I sent them to him. So that he stood stedfast till the ending of the year 1801, that his name was mentioned in the Book of Letters. Then other ministers (not those that he had invited to come forward,) hearing that the writings had been put in his hands, began to mock him and abuse hfm; and I was informed, that they complained to the bishop against him; so that hia persecution was great, which he had not fortitude to bear; and the fear of losing his honour amongst men made him begin to waver and fall back; and seeing the peace at the end of the rear, which he judged, like others, would be an established peace, and knowing the contents of the letters I had put in his hands, how great the wars would abound, and what destruction would take place in Spain, which at that time there was no appearance of, that these things would take place, and the mockery of men, caused him to stumble and fall back; and having bad advisers in his friends, he went from one error to another. Therefore, in pondering these things over, how strongly men and devils worked with him, to cause his fall, after standing so stedfast six years, and acting with every faithful and upright dealing during that time; and then to change, as though he was another man, to turn an enemy against roe, to burn those letters I had put in his hands, because the truth should not appear, which caused the strife and contention between him and me, as I was ordered to reprove him: all these things worked together a strong feeling in my mind and heart, to pity the man; and to love him on account of his first conduct, and to pity his weakness in his last; as I' was sorry he did not live to clear his honour, by acknowledging he had acted wrong, in not returning the letters committed to his care, or acknowledge the truth they contained. I was answered concerning my own feelings for him, of love and pity; though I could not help blaming his conduct; yet still in my heart I felt a love for the man, which I was answered, that the Lord's feelings were the same — to pity his weakness, and have mercy upon him.
I can only give the letter in part, as I did not keep a copy of the whole, not knowing it would ever go in print; but I was ordered to point out the following pages from the Explanations of the Bible, for them to draw their judgment: from page 174 — page 249 to 256—page 266 to 272 — pages 280 and 281—and page 24<A. And the following passages : — ■ i
Page 249- —" Here's a type stands deep for man,
And * * • • • • • must the Trial stand;
Or else the Trial, all will sec,
Will be brought round to judge of he;
Then how c;in ever he appear?
His honour he can never clear."
Page 254. —" In justice he. must now appear
To prove the truth was nevef clear,
Page 270. —" Some will believe, and will not grieve
The ending now is come, .. .
And • •«•*••;„ security
But now he tees the end of tbec,
And perfect so the end will be,'
They'll find, like he, they cannot flee;
Page 263. —-u He must appenr the whole to clear;
For I'll ne'er give him up.
If now I let him drop.
And all must stand the same:
His promise all must claim,
For f shall all go through.
The ending all shall know."
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And so they mock their Lord;
As »••**•* Tears will be.
How all the end will see."
Pige 254. —" And this is done by my command,
Before the woman he betray'd:
But when the truth to him doth burst,
Than 'twas before for to endure;
i^..' • That now the Trial bold will stand.
.,;. ,/-(<Ji»'t thou believe thy God is here,'
And will not justify the man,
If to the Trial he do come,
And there confess his every guilt,,
The way at first his fears he felt i
Then I will surely free the man:
In Adam's fall he now doth stand.
So here of •••••••! shall end:
Deep are the lines that thou hast pennM;
A thing that I did first ordain,
To bring the fall now back on men;
And when that men do see it clear,
They must confess the man did err,
To blame his Maker at the first,
As Satan's subtle aits did burst
Upon the woman at that time;
And man as Weak they all must find,
As he was tempted so to fall:
And now let • • • • • • 'judge the call;
And so from * * • * •'V*TII go on;
The reason I am ordered to put the above in print is, to shew how much they were stumbled at receiving this letter, as they could not reconcile what was said in these pages, that I had pointed out to them, concerning him; neither could they understand my letter, of my feelings, and the Lord's having 4ove and; pity for the man, as he was taken off in that maimer, and had not lived to clear up the truth; but my spirits were too much agitated at that time to discern the judgment they drew; but from the judgment they had drawn from the pages, I had the following communication given me," to send them; as they had not discerned that the pages pointed out to them were in answer to his letters.
Sept. 3d, 1813.
"Let men discern the first letter I ordered thee te send to * *'*'*'* * *, in 1804, to call him forward