Joanna Southcott's Published Works and Index - 2

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 34. An Explanation of the Parable published in 1804, with an Answer to L. Mayer's Book

Some people had thought that Joanna’s use of parables (stories from real life or fables) to illustrate spiritual truths was not appropriate and it caused her to question whether she had been led astray in publishing them. This book explains her deliberations and the answer of the Spirit to them. The book was published in 1806 and contains 64 pages.

35. The Kingdom of Christ is at Hand:-An examination of Baptism; the Use and Meaning of the Church Ordinances, and the Sealing of the People in the Latter days.

This book begins by addressing questions raised in a book (unidentified) that was written against her in Halifax. Joanna quotes passages from the book that confirm her own teachings. These comments are followed by the answer of the Spirit of Truth. In the same way that man was not first in the transgression in the fall (i.e. the woman ate of the fruit first), so woman will be redeemed from the Fall before man. There follows an explanation of Baptism, Confirmation and the Sealing of the people. The book was published in 1805 and has 62 pages.

36. The Second Book of Sealed Prophecies.

This book is based on prophecies made by Joanna during 1796/1797 but that were sealed up and opened in 1804, with comments by the Spirit of Truth (given in early 1805) on the significance of these prophecies. This book is 136 pages long.

37. The Answer of the Rev. Thomas P. Foley to the World, for printing the book commonly called What Manner of Communications are these?

Although this book is primarily an answer by the Rev Thomas Foley to the world with his reasons for publishing Book 24 (What manner of communications are these?) - a testimony to the calling of God to Joanna Southcott - the book also contains comments by the Spirit of Truth on Book 24. It contains 100 pages and was published in 1805.

38. The Controversy between Joanna Southcott and Elias Carpenter, one of her Judges - Part One

39. The Controversy between Joanna Southcott and Elias Carpenter, one of her Judges - Part Two

40. The Controversy between Joanna Southcott and Elias Carpenter, one of her Judges - Part Three

41. The Controversy between Joanna Southcott and Elias Carpenter, one of her Judges - Part Four

42. The Controversy between Joanna Southcott and Elias Carpenter, one of her Judges - Part Five

Books 38 to 42 - Elias Carpenter was a wealthy man, who owned a paper mill in Bermondsey, South London, and the Neckinger House (in which one of Joanna's trials was held). He became a follower of Joanna in 1802, but later he followed Henry Prescott (known as Joseph) and Thomas Downland (known as Jerusha) both of whom had visions. After Downland died, Joseph Prescott broke with Carpenter, but Carpenter founded a chapel and continued on his own lines. These books record the events, correspondence and answer of the Spirit of Truth relating to the differences between Joanna and Carpenter. A large part of Book 42 relates to prophecies that Joanna had made and which had been fulfilled. The books in total consist of 240 pages.

43. An Answer to the World for printing the book called The Little Flock of Sheep; by William Sharp.

William Sharp had come under criticism for publishing Book 22 - Letters and Communications , or the Little Flock of Sheep, so he published this book to address this. It gives him the opportunity to explain the reasons for his belief in the divine calling of Joanna, and there are also interesting comments on Types and Shadows (an essential part of the Bible's and Joanna's teaching) including a communications from the Spirit of Truth through Joanna. There is also some discussion of the origin of evil and the validity of dreams and the visitation of angels. It has 96 pages and was published in 1806.

44. The Full Assurance that the Kingdom of Christ is at Hand, from the Signs of the Times.

The book starts with some historical information on how Joanna first came to know of her calling, and how she knew it was of God, with details of some early prophecies and how they were fulfilled. The second half deals with scriptures and communications that support her contention that the Kingdom of Christ is at hand. The book has 64 pages and was published in 1806

45. Remarks and Inquiries on the Rev. I. Cockin's Sermon.

This book consists of letters from John Crossley, one of Joanna's followers, to various ministers who had spoken against Joanna and her mission. There are also letters and communications from Joanna on the matter. John Crossley writes a clear exposition of the coming kingdom, the fall of man, and man's part in the "bruising of the head of the serpent" (Gen 3). The book was published in 1806.

46. L. Mayer's book, 'The Long Wished for Revolution is at Hand,' answered and explained.

A Book was published under the title 'The Long-wished-for revolution announced to be at hand" in 1806 by a man named Lewis Mayer. One of Joanna's followers, Mr Fisher, called on Lewis Mayer to try to interest him in Joanna's visitation. However, Fisher made extravagant claims for Joanna, which she herself had never made. Lewis Mayer wrote to Joanna, threatening to expose her as a fraud. The ensuing correspondence makes up the content of this book, which clarifies many aspects of the Kingdom and the interpretation of parts of the Book of Revelation. The book has 96 pages and was published in 1806

47. Answer to Mr. Brothers' book, published in 1806; Letter to Mr. Huntingdon, with Remarks on the Calvinist and Roman Catholic Doctrines, &c. &c.

This book has two distinct yet connected parts. Firstly it answers claims made by Richard Brothers with regard to his claim to be the person prophesied to appear in the last days and clearly applying to Christ or Shiloh. (A copy of his book. Wisdom and Duty, was published in 1805 and is in the British Library). Joanna expounds many scriptures relating to the last days in showing that his claims are unfounded. This is followed by a letter which Joanna wrote to William Huntington SS (Sinner Saved), a popular Calvinist preacher whose chapel she had attended. Having bought a ticket for the meeting, she was unable to get as seat as more tickets had been sold than there were seats. First she took him to task about this as being dishonest, then explains the errors of Calvinism, or Election, which teaches that the elect or saved are chosen before the foundation of the world, and nobody but the elect can be saved, even if they want to. Joanna points out that Jesus said whosoever will may come to him. The connection between the first and second parts of the book is the arrogance of both Brothers and the Calvinist in thinking that they are special in God's sight to the exclusion of all others. The final part of the book is on the destruction of Jerusalem around 70AD.

48. A Caution and Instruction to the Sealed, that they may know for what they are Sealed. 1807. (P)

This book was written to explain to those who wished to sign the Woman's petition for the overthrow of Satan, and become sealed believers the significance of what they were doing, something not to be entered into lightly. It is still required of believers who desire to be sealed that they have read and own a copy of this book (along with Book 19), before signing. It was published in 1807and consists of 24 pages.

49. An Account of the Trials on Bills of Exchange.

Some of Joanna's followers had unwisely become involved with an unscrupulous moneylender, John King, who had swindled them. This is Joanna's account of the situation and answer of the Spirit of Truth on the proceedings. The book has 72 pages and was published in 1807.

50. An Answer to a Sermon preached and published by Mr. Smith.

A Rev J Smith was the author of a sermon and book attacking Joanna, and referring to her as the 'Lying Prophetess Detected'. It contained many false statements about both her life and her teaching and Joanna takes this opportunity to print both the falsehoods and correct the information. These events took place in 1808.

51. Answer to False Doctrines, and the Crying Sins of the Nation.

Joanna deals with two books recently published - the first which is an attempt by the Unitarians to eliminate books of the Bible as being uninspired, and the second on the Calvinist doctrine of Election and Reprobation - a doctrine to which the Bible is entirely opposed. Joanna brings her own knowledge and the answer of the Spirit of Truth to these matters.

52. A True Picture of the World, and a Looking Glass for all Men.

The book begins with a brief overview of the world's persecution of the visitation of the Lord in all ages as shown in the Bible. Joanna then illustrates this with events from her own life and mission, including the sealing of people which was considered blasphemy, and the old charge of making money from selling seals. It also contains teaching about the time of the end. The book has 48 pages and was published in 1809.


53. The True Explanation of the Bible (7th part); with an Answer to Hann, and an Account of Ann Moore.

This is the final book of the 'True Explanations of the Bible' series (Books 28 - 33). It deals largely with the prophecies relating the to the last days and the millennium. Joanna points out that prophecy has a mini-fulfilment and the major one later - the shadow first, the substance later - and that the substance still has to be fulfilled. There is a time of joy coming during the millennium when man will be freed from the influence of the devil, but before that there is first a time of trouble and evils to come. There is also a final section relating to Ann Moore (who had claimed to live without food) and Joanna's refutation of a scurrilous pamphlet put out by an opposer, R Hann, in which he claimed Joanna had fixed a date for the end of thing, which she had not.

54. The Controversy of the Spirit with the Worldly Wise. Part One

55. The Controversy of the Spirit with the Worldly Wise. Part Two

Book 54 and 55 - This book continues to deal with the accusations of an opposer to Joanna's mission, R Hann, starting with errors he made about her history, then specific accusations regarding her prophecies and mission. The book Hann wrote is probably "The Remarkable Life, Entertaining History and Surprising Adventures of Joanna Southcott, the Prophetess..." a copy of which is in the British Library. Particularly in the second book, Joanna gives an exposition of several scriptures from the prophets.

56. An Answer to Thomas Paine's Third Part of the Age of Reason: also to S. Lane, a Calvinistic Preacher, and Hewson Clarke, Editor of the Scourge.

Joanna addresses Thomas Paine's criticism of the Christian faith in the Bible. Paine was a deist, but did not believe that the Bible was inspired. The second part of the book deals with the errors of predestination and election. The third part deals with an attack on Joanna by Hewson Clarke, the editor of a magazine called 'The Scourge - or monthly expositor of imposture and folly" and also author of books on history. Joanna's book was published in 1812 and has 66 pages.

57. The Book of Wonders, Marvellous and True.

This book was precipitated by the announced death of Rev Joseph Pomeroy and is a narrative of why Joanna was so agitated on hearing of his death. In fact it later became known that there were two Rev Pomeroy’s in the area, and it was a different one that had died. Joanna illustrates her reasons with extracts from her other books on the subject of Rev Pomeroy. He stood as a type of the Church in her prophecies. The book has 88 pages and was written in September 1813.

58. The Second Book of Wonders, more marvellous than the First.

This book recounts visitations to Joanna between September 12th and 23rd, 1813. She is notified that her time on earth is coming to a close, and that the time of her marriage had come, as a type of the marriage in heaven in the book of Revelation. There follows correspondence with Rev Pomeroy and his one reply. The book has 116 pages.

59. Copies of Letters sent to the Clergy of Exeter, from 1796 to 1800, with Communications and Prophecies put in the Newspapers in 1813.

The book begins with two letters that Joanna had published in the Press - the first to the Times and the second to the Morning Herald in which she explains about her mission and prophecies. There follows correspondence which took place between 1796 and 1800, with Rev Pomeroy and other clergy in Exeter. This is followed by additional letters of prophecy to the newspapers. The book has 64 pages and was published in 1813.

60. Wisdom Excelleth the Weapons of War; and herein is shown that Judgments are the strange works of the Lord, but mercy his darling attribute.

The book begins with observations on the weather which portend that change from the Old style to the new style (changes in weather patterns will be a sign of the end), and the significance of the event of this year (1814) meaning the birth of Shiloh (although this is not stated in this book). There follows the answer of the Spirit to her musings on the conduct of men, how some have persecuted her, yet this has lead to some of the sincerest friendships. The significance of the ensuing year as the culmination of her mission is stated. The book has 48 pages.

61. The Third Book of Wonders, announcing the Coming of Shiloh, and a Call to the Hebrews.

The Spirit of Truth announces in the book that Joanna will produce a Son during the year 1814 in the sixty fifth year of her life. There is an exposition of many scriptures showing that a Second Son (Shiloh) was to be born, and Joanna also shows how this was foretold in her earlier writings. This is the son that the Jews are awaiting who will restore the Kingdom on earth. There is further clarification of the need for Joanna to marry before the child is born. This is one of the most significant of Joanna’s books and consists of 64 pages.

62. The Fourth Book of Wonders, being the Answer of the Lord to the Hebrews.

This book was dedicated to the Hebrews, to show them from the Hebrew scriptures that the son, Shiloh was to fulfill the prophecies of the Hebrew prophets, and answering questions put by Jews to her. Joanna explains many Old Testament prophetic texts, also pointing back to her own writings, as well as giving further explanation of parts of the Book of Revelation. The book has 88 pages.

63. The Fifth Book of Wonders, with an Answer to the Rev. James Hearn and other mockers.

The book announces that Joanna has felt the life in her that was prophesied should take place in May and that two doctors announced that Joanna had the symptoms of pregnancy (the first of many doctors to agree with this diagnosis). There follows amplification of parts of the Second Book of Wonders (Book 58) and an answer to a Rev Hearn and other clergy who had preached against her. The book has 72 pages.


64. A Communication sent to the Rev. Mr. P. in 1797, with an explanation thereon.

This book contains an explanation of a letter to Rev Pomeroy in 1797. Pomeroy was a type of the Church and his ultimate recognition of Joanna's calling to be of God, would be prophetic of the Church at last accepting her visitation. This must happen before the end comes. However, Pomeroy did not come to accept Joanna during his lifetime. The book has 24 pages and was penned in July 1814.

65. Prophecies Announcing the Birth of the Prince of peace, with a few Remarks thereon.

 Joanna's final book brings together all the prophecies relating to the birth of Shiloh from her previous writings. It was published in September 1814 and has 40 pages. Joanna died on December 27th. An autopsy showed no cause of death and no explanation for the pregnancy. Most Southcottians believe that the child was born and caught up to God and to his throne as stated in Revelation 12.


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