This event is of peculiarly deep import as being the type or shadow of the "Great Trial" that will surely be called by the "great and the learned" as predicted, when the "Ark" may be opened and the Sealed Writings, preserved therein for over years, removed for examination. The exact time of this event is known to the Lord only, as this prophecy makes clear:- "As to thy Trial by men, it will come on in a day and hour no man knoweth, to show the likeness of My Coming in a day and hour unawares, so will thy 'Great Trial' come, unknown and unawares, when my appointed time is come, that is concealed from all.
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Men judge from the times My Kingdom is at Hand: in this their judgment is clear, but the manner in which it will be brought about is beyond the Judgment of'Men. Joanna herself only knew that it would take place "after her death. Towards the conclusion of "The Book of The Trial" which describes in full the legal procedure of the "Second Trial," we read that Joanna, as directed by the Spirit, "sealed up the Writings to be kept till after her death , which she delivered to one of her judges" i.
Sharp, custodian of the Box. No direct reference is found in the published Works as to whether anything further was added to the contents of the Box, although possibly this was done as in former years, until we find in the "Second Book of Wonders,". After the death of Joanna, in December, , the "Ark" entered upon a series of "wanderings in the wilderness.
Foley great-grandfather of the present Bishop of London. In , on the removal of Mr. Pancras , until her death, in , rendered necessary, other arrangements for its preservation. Owen Pugh, secretary of Miss Townley, with the unanimous consent of the other executors, wrote to the Rev. Foley , asking him if it would be convenient for him to receive the "Sealed Writings. Just how seriously Mr. Foley regarded his office may be gathered from a remark made in a letter to a friend, in March, "I am preserving the Spiritual Ark of God - and the Divine Writings are now as safe and un-touched as when deposited under my care.
We must wait with patience and prepare ourselves for the time when the Lord assembles His soldiers to meet the storms of the Great Trial. I would gladly have gone with my wife and friends to Plymouth, but having the 'Ark of the New Covenant' in my house, I dare not leave it; I daily pray to be kept a firm and faithful champion of these great treasures till they are properly demanded from me by the Bishops, as set forth in Joanna's Divine Writings.
On the death of the Rev. Foley, in , the custody of the Box, at the request of the Believers, passed to his son, the Rev. Richard Foley, of North Cadbury, Somerset , whose office proved no sinecure, owing to the determined attempts of a Mrs. Lavinia E. Chapman Jones to gain possession of the Sealed Writings. This lady even went so far as to beg the help of the Chartist demonstrators of , to get as many signatures as possible to a petition to the Rector that he should give up the Box which she declared was "public property," or that he should permit the contents to be copied.
This petition having failed to achieve its objective, Mrs. Jones, disguised as a man, forced an entry into the Rectory, slipped upstairs and seized an old deal box. As she was leaving, however, Mr. Foley appeared upon the scene,.
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Jones next circulated the report that the Box of Sealed Writings had been opened by Mr. Foley, and the public, therefore, had the right to know its contents. The Rector at once wrote to the leading Believers in different towns, acquainting them with the truth of the matter which is as follows:- After his father's death, a considerable sum of money was missing and could nowhere be found. As the late Rector had, during the last years of his life, been in the habit of hiding money: search was made for it in every possible place, but to no purpose.
Then it was decided that, in the presence of his mother, Elizabeth Foley Joanna's personal friend and one of his brothers, the Box of Sealed Writings should be opened. Foley's account of this incident to the Believers was:- "I positively declare that no seal was broken, and that all the papers were safely restored. Since then, they have been seen by no one; certainly not with my consent.
The papers are kept in a Box, which itself is enclosed in another Box, - both are locked. Had the inner one been sealed, my object in searching would have been satisfied. The fact of the Box having been opened was never made a secret of, as under the circumstances, I conceived I was quite justified.
This fact of supreme importance, coming at this juncture, removes for ever what has hitherto proved a great stumbling-block among the Bishops, who have of late publicly expressed a fear that, the Box being sent for, the contents might prove a hoax, and make them appear merely ludicrous in the eyes of the people. The clergy will probably have no hesitation in accepting the written word of one of their own cloth, attested by witnesses. This letter, with others of similar interest and importance, were discovered in a collection recently acquired in London, by Miss Alice Seymour Biographer of Joanna Southcott , to whose unique Southcott Library I have had access, for purposes of research, during the past four years, and with whose assent this important fact is now, for the first time, made public.
In order to allay any anxiety among the Believers as to the safety of the Box, two prominent members, Mr. Samuel Jowett and Mr. Harrison on the invitation of the Rev. Foley, visited North Cadbury, for what the Rector quaintly termed, "an ocular demonstration that the Sealed Writings were in the same state of security as when committed to my father's care.
Richard Foley in , Mr. Samuel Jowett of Leeds son of William Jowett, one of Joanna's judges in , elected as the new custodian by a vote of the Believers, travelled with a friend to North Cadbury to convey the Box to its new home in Yorkshire. The following receipt was given to the executors of the deceased Rector:- "This is to certify that I have this day received at North Cadbury Rectory, from Mrs.
Bache and Mrs. Esther Pickthorn sister to Richard Foley , the Box. On the arrival of the gentlemen at North Cadbury station, the "Great" Box had to be weighed, and thus its weight, lbs. From a letter of the custodian to his son we learn that "The Box is nailed up as well as being locked, we took a new cord with us to put round it for security.
On the death of Mr. Samuel Jowett, the custodianship, again by a vote of the Believers, passed to his son, John M. Jowett, of Apple Hall, Bradford, where it remained until Of this period an interesting episode in the history of The Box was told me by a lady who saw it 30 years ago. A son of the above mentioned custodian, to whom I am indebted for many interesting facts, writes: "We were taught, as children, to hold both the Box and the subject - Joanna's Visitation and work - in veneration.
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My father smiled, and said he would have to disappoint him, as the Lord had not informed him of the nature of Mr. He departed crestfallen. Jowett, in , his son, acting on his father's instructions, forwarded the "Sealed Writings" to their new custodian. On this occasion, the "Box" travelled South in the direction of its original resting place, where again it passed from the care of a father to that of a son.
The last, conscious look of the father, as he lay dying, was directed towards "The Box" in his room, and then to his son, who answered the anxious glance with his promise to safeguard the "long-treasured" Writings. In accepting the Deed of Trust, ratified later by common consent of the Believers, the son, the new custodian, wrote, "As long as I hold the Sealed Writings they shall remain intact and uninjured, outside or within. No person whatever, professing to be a believer or not, shall obtain them from my possession, save and except they are demanded by the proper authorities in the Nation, which shall make the surrender imperative.
Another attempt of comparatively. Prelate, the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, etc. I now acquaint you that the same are in the hands of the Rev.
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Richard Foley, late of Kingswinford, in your diocese; and to prevent the awful stroke from the Almighty God coming on this nation, I do hope you will cause the same to be demanded, to save this kingdom and give it the promised peace and happiness,. The enclosed will be read by you, and as the revealed will of God to the late Joanna Southcott is sealed up until demanded by the great and learned , you will, I hope, adopt some plan for the opening of them, as they are full of prophecies, foretelling of things that are now taking place, and what will befall this land.
Suffer not the just judgments of God from carelessness to come upon our country, but examine them, and give us your counsel. Foley, late of Kingswinford; now of Cadbury Rectory, Somerset. Birmingham, January 30th, I beg pardon for this intrusion, and as it is from the sincerest motives in which our nation at large is concerned, may God influence your mind, as a herald of His, to peruse and seriously weigh the contents of St.
Paul, 1st Thess. May it please your Grace to counsel me, and give such proof as will be a spiritual guide for me, and my brothers and sisters in the Lord, that we no longer labour under a delusion, if one ; but it must of necessity be grounded on proof alone , as mere assertions are groundless and useless to arrest its progress. We believe in the Visitation of an invisible Spirit speaking with a small, still voice within to Joanna Southcott, and that it was the Spirit of the living God, from the year to the close of She foretold by the Spirit what was coming on the earth - prophecies which came to pass, as witnessed by Miss Jane Townley, and her maid, Mrs.
Ann Underwood, both of whom bore testimony, from to , of their fulfilment I now make known to your Grace that there exists to-day an abundance of the revealed Will of God given to His handmaiden, and which were ordered to be sealed up by Divine Command ; all of which we understand are of the utmost importance to this nation in all its difficulties. These same are to be demanded by the great and learned of this land , and were deposited in the hands of the late Rev.
Foley, of Oldswinford, Worcestershire; and are now in the possession of his son, the Rev. Foley of North Cadbury, Somerset. Then, if this is the only salvation for Our Nation and people , and this only will remove the Cause , is it not the imperative duty of the Shepherds to awake, to prevent the sheep from perishing from inattention, when their cost is only obedience to His just commands by which a remedy is accomplished : and then if found to be from our Heavenly Father, then publish His Decrees : if found a Delusion, then suppress it and turn into the right sheepfold thousands of men and women.
These efforts of Mr. Hudson and other well-known members of the Southcott Church, like the previous attempts of Mrs.