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with anger and indignation. Know what ******* told ******** _ that his master trembled with passion, and said, "Now she hath written to the Bishop! carry back her letter directly to ******** and forbid her writing to me any more?"

"Now come to the other: what answer I gave thee in 1797, to *****'s sermon.

The text was from 2 Corinthians, viii. 9.— *' For ye know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."

In the course of his sermon he said, if we did not believe in Christ, because we could not find out all mysteries, we should be like a man, who sought for an anchor in the dark, and so make shipwreck of faith and a good conscience; or like a philosopher, who threw away his cup, because he was outdone by a boy, who made a cup with the hollow of his hand to drink out of. In his sermon he said, that nothing could strike us more forcibly than our own consciences, when our Saviour said, "I was hungry, and ye gave me no meat; thirsty, ye gave me no drink: as much as ye did it not to the least of my disciples, ye did it not uuto me."

I thought he was acting like the philosopher; and out of his own mouth I Could condemn him.

When I came home, it was answered me in the following manner.

*' Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer,

As the matter did appear, If thou clear canst judge thy Master,

In it 1 was surely there.
Out of his mouth Host thou condemn;

And I'll condemn him too:
What he did say I bade him weigh,

And lay before his view.

'' The thing's too high" ••*••• now cries,

"Too wondrous to believe"— As he can never find the way

These truths thou didst receive. Then like the man will he go on,

His cup to throw away;
Because he is outdone by one

Appears so low as thee.
Or in the dark to miss his mark,

No pilot can he see,
No rock to climb, his anchor gone;

His shipwreck let him see;
What hazard run, what rock to climb,

When he's benighted here;
And faith, and hope, and all is gone,

And charity despairs.
For charity he'th none for me,

To sec my honour die:
Am I not come to poverty,

Humbly to him apply?
And will he say, like thee, that day,

He did something bestow,
For to assist me in the way,

My journey to go through? To bid me come has he begun i

Or wish'd my kingdom here i As all my flock has now become

Just like thy father here; Wounded like he my people be,

What clothing do you send? 1 ask you whore's your charity,

See my imprison'd friend! With grief oppress'd you wound her breast

And stones for bread you send. She does not want your charity,

If gold be what you mean: The charity wanted by she

Is faith and love to shew;
The feeble knee for to confirm,

With charity below;
And judge your God as Abram did,

He is faithful in the end;
He wont deceive those that believe.—

Now to the other send:
For perfect here do men appear;

My word they do forget:
No prophecies are mme; by them

The mysteries seem forgot.

My Bible's clear; 'tis man doth err;

And trace my Bible back.;
Did I nut tell you, in the end

The mysteries would be great?
The prophet's word is on record —

A child should lead you all;
What answer now from you I've got?

You mind it not at all;
And marvellous things to you I bring,

And marvellous all is done;
Were you to see the perfect day,

Your senses would be gone;
The sua so bright would take your sight,

When brilliant it doth shine;
You cannot long look in the sun,

Nor see the things> divine;
So it must appear now clouded here,

Your senses to secure.
Thy father's hand so near doth stand,—

1 here can say no more."

"Now I shall answer thee, that they may discern in what manner I spoke on conditions, when 1 first ordered thee to write to *****; but if they had understood my sayings, they might have understood that he would never stand as a judge with thee. But here thou art puzzled at my saying, if thou clearly canst judge thy master, in it I was surely there; for it was wisdom worked by Sie, to discern the folly of the philosopher; but he did not discern the folly in himself, that he was acting in like manner; and therefore I told thee he would go on to throw away his cup: because here was an inquiry made to him. And now look further ; I asked, what rock had he to climb? and said when his anchor was gone, he would make a shipwreck of his faith. Then 1 told thee how he would act with thee — to send stones, instead of bread; and with what sorrow he would wound thy breast.

"So that if men weighed the Communication, what I answered thee of *****! in 1797; and the manner of his conduct' in :1799 J with sriat indignation ***** and **••***• joined

together against thee; and with what contempt tby letter was returned, when I ordered thee to write to him, that thy writings should go out in the vorld, as from the Lord, without he came to pass his judgment with others, to say they were not from the Lord; and then I ordered thee to give up to the judgment of seven men, if they judged they were from a wrong spirit. But this, thou knowest, they refused to do; then discern these words : —

*• For charity he's none for lie,
To see my honour die.
Am I not come to poverty,
Humbly to him t' apply i"

"Here let men look deeply to my inquiry; because I tell thee, two ways it stands between the Lord and thee: for if they judged thou wast writing from a wrong spirit, saying 'the Lord sailh,' when he had not spoken; then where was his regard for my honour, to let it die in that manner, that I could not gain shepherds to stop thy hand from letting mockery go out in the world, when it was offered to be given up to so few as seven men? Then what shipwreck did he make of faith in my Gospel! Here he did the very thing in 1799 that I told thee in 1797. But now these things are brought round, to shew oiankind in what manner the truth was foretold, how every man would act, that they might be clear in judging, and just in condemning, if thou vast led by a wrong spirit. But here let them discern further: what I say unto one, I say unto all; these dark things, that I mentioned to thee, of being benighted; to ask what rocks they would climb; or how they would shun the dangers, if faith and hope and all was gone? These things did not happen in his days; because, thou kriowest, the man is no more. But now I have ordered thee to bring all these things together, in a straight line, that they might see how all was foretold; and I have ordered thee to send it to the Bishops, that they might all discern what I say of one I say of all, if they act all alike.

"This answer which I gave thee of * * * * * was never seen by him; but now it is brought out for others to judge what is my answer to those nvho act like him. And know what 1 said in my Gospel: he that knoweth his master's will and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes; buthe that knoweth it not, with few; and therefore those who act now like ***** will find dangers to come upon them, when they know not where to fly; because here 1 have given light and knowledge to man, and brought the truth plainly before them, which he had not then got such light in his possession; and therefore I do not condemn the man, any further than his wisdom, and that he did not $pt according to my Gospel, or the commands I gave to my disciples. But as thou sayest in thy heart, he was a man that bore a good character, and thou judgest him a religious man, though he acted wrong through unbelief; to thy judgment I shall leave him; because thou sayest he stumbled in the dark: but those who stumble now, must stumble at the noon-day sun: and then they may grope for the wall, like the blind. It is for the living to lay it to heart, that I ordered thee to write to such men in the beginning, who trusted too much to their own wisdom; and were perfectly like the philosopher— could not bear to be outdone by one that they looked upon so much beneath them. But the answer given concerning them, they had got no knowledge of; so that my answer is for the living, and not for the dead. And here I shall conclude with the words 1 sent to •**** •.

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