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ing thine; let all his coffee-house gentlemen appear; and let the truth be fairly tried and proved; then I tell thee, with shame and confusion every mouth must be stopped, and every tongue must be silent, and the)' must acknowledge that they have tried to be his spiritual murderers: because they cannot clear his honour in his conduct, since his enemies worked him up to publish lies, and keep back the truth; neither can he clear himself in his letters. But as I know the rage and fury the devil worked in the hearts of men when I became tlesh and dwelt with them; and how they took up stones to cast at me, that I hid myself from men, knowing their weakness, and pitying their temptations; let Pomeroy's pleading be from my Gospel, like the returning Prodigal — " Father I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. Then, as the father received the returning son, so will I receive him.
"Now come to Luke, xv. 3. "And he spoke this parable unto them, saying, what man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulder, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth to his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it;
the calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God, over one sinner that repenteth."
Here let men observe the parables that are brought forward.
"And now let Pomeroy weigh thy letters and the letters of thy friends, that were sent to him, to convince him, and bring him to repentance. That he may see the fulfilment is at hand, let him compare the letters and my Gospel together.; and believe in my love, like the love of the father; then he will see the fulfilment of these parables, and my mercies and goodness towards him, not to let him be lost in the wilderness, or be overcome by the persecution and malice of men and devils; which I know, as well as thee, he hath been surrounded with. Now these parables stand for the end: they have not a general allusion, as men may suppose; for then they- may say, that a sinner, it he repent, there is more joy in heaven over him, than over the just, that need no repentance; and for the neighbours' rejoicing with the woman, to find the piece which was lost, has no general allusion to mankind. But these things I spoke in parables, as landmarks for men to walk by. When I send the Spirit of Truth to lead you into all the truths of my Gospel, and to teach you things to come, then ye must weigh the parables with the events that take place; but how unlike my Gospel did Pomeroy conclude his letter to thee! Therefore I said in my Gospel, "No man when he hath lighted a candle putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which came in might see the light. The light of the body is the eye; therefore when
thine eye is single thy whole body also is full ■ of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkeued. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part darkened, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."
"And now I shall answer thee. Had not his eye been evil, to cause his whole body to be full of darkness, he would never have sent that letter to thee. Now I ask thee how Pomeroy will answer this? Can he say his whole body was full of light, and that his eye was not evil, and his body full of darkness, when he wrote to thee in this manner, concluding his letter with these words — "You must allow, that such injurious, "ungrateful, and malicious conduct, cannot proxt ceed from the Holy and benevolent spirit of "God. Surely, sir, such behaviour cannot meet "with the approbation of yourself, or her other "friends; therefore I hope that you and they will "endeavour to convince her of the impropriety and "sinfulness of it, and will prevail on her to desist "from troubling me with any more letters, and "from persevering in the diabolical practice of tra"ducing my character in print; for which illegal "as well as unchristian conduct, God will cer* "tainly bring her into judgment"-
To these words I answer myself. I am ready to be judged both by God and man; and now let conscience speak on both sides, and let the cause be tried on both sides; and I will appeal to Mr. Pomeroy's own conscience, whether I ever spoke a disrespectful word of his character in any one thing in my life. But I certainly blamed him for advertising upon the newspaper, that he had told me my writings were from the devil, which he never did; ouly my printing his name, he said was from the devil; and keeping back the truths contained in the writings, which he said he destroyed, I blamed him for likewise. So if this was traducing his character, he should not have listened to his bad advisers, to have acted as he did.
Wednesday Morning, October 6, 1813.
This morning fresh wonders broke in upon me, that took my senses in such a manner that my head is like the rivers of water; and what was revealed I was lost in wonder at; as I was answered I should now publish to the world that an earthly union would soon take place between me and one whom the Lord had kept me for, from all others; and the manner of the Lord's dealing with me clay after day, and week after week, should now be put in print, before it took place; that all might see my upright dealings with God and man; and if it was brought round by imagination, as some have simply supposed, then I myself should bring forward my imaginations, and if they were wrong, then I should overturn my work myself, and let it fall to the ground that way. Cut if the imagination comes from the Lord, and is brought round by his wisdom and his power, then the truth of what is nailed up, signed and sealed by seven men and three women, with a threefold cord, and a seal upon it; this I am answered shall not be brol but as it is sealed, so it shall be fulrillc thus I was answered this morning,' •hall be all willing, in the day that the 1 loth Psalm shall i "The Lord said unto my Lord, si hand, until I make thine ent:■• Lord shall send the rod of Zion; rule thou in the midst of