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used to drive oxen, &c. She then threw the goad over the bank, and it instantly sprang back to her again; she threw it a second time over the same bank, and it sprang back as before; then she thought to throw it gently, and to her astonishment, it returned to her gently back. This she marvelled at, particularly, as the two former throws, she thought when they returned to her, it was from their force repelled back. Here she awoke, and found herself full of pain as before; she was then ordered to go out of bed, and take some wine, that Mr. Sharp had sent her, as he was warned of the certainty of her illness. On drinking the wine she found her inside relieved with a comfortable warmth; she returned to her bed, and lay composed until her friend, Mrs. Field, came, who had the key to let herself in. Her pains then returned, with a fever; when she was answered, that as her sickness was left for the Power of Darkness to afflict, he had not afflicted her in the head, because she should not say she was afflicted like Wilson; so the pain of her head that she had the last week was turned; which was the reason the Lord ordered her to keep her bed; as he knew which way Satan meant to cast the blow. The second day she was seized with a choaking, which seemed to rise from her stomach, accompanied with laughing fits, which lasted more than an hour. An apothecary being sent for, he arrived at eight o'clock at night, who wrote a prescription, which was to be taken, but was omitted; she was something better when he came, but at midnight she was in a delirium, that she knew not what took place; for she was invisibly forced out of bed, sick as death, and lay in a senseless state on the floor, which awoke her friend. After the sickness was a little over, her friend, with much trouble, got her into bed, being astonished at the senseless, stupid state she was in. She laid in her bed a little while, and was again forced out with the same effects, which much alarmed her friend, to see her so deadly sick, without the least appearance of sense. After her sickness was abated her friend helped her into bed a second time; when, after laying a short

time, she rose up in the bed, and began fighting and talking; all this so much terrified her friend, that she said she would not undergo such another night for a large sum. At last, having returned a little

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to her senses, she saw her distressed friend, sitting out of bed, and dressed; she asked her, seeing her clothes on, why she did not come to bed, and what made her sit up? and told her she had a most wonderful dream, for she thought she was out of bed, down in a dark passage, where she lay for some time. and after that she thought she was upon the bed fighting with the devil. Her friend answered,—“[ think you have been fighting with the devil; ani! shall tell you to-morrow." So she persuaded her friend to come to bed, and they lay composed until the morning, although she continued in this state from between 1 and 12 at night, until near 4 in the morn ing. Her friend then convinced her, by proofs, of her horrid sickness, which she said she could not have believed, had she not seen it; for she had no other knowledge than by her dream. All this time she had taken no medicine whatever. The fever continued during this day, when another apothecary* was brought by Mr. Sharp, about three o'clock, who told her that the fever would last twenty-one days; she answered, “then I shall not live so long." He replied, "you may not be so bad as you are now all the time." He then prescribed medicines to be taken. But in the midst of all her violent pains and illness, she was assured by the Lord, that he would raise her up on the seventh day, which she repeatedly told all her friends, when she lay in the most dangerous situation; but none believed that the Lord would raise her up, in the manner she was, but Mr. Sharp. During her illness she had many remarkable and wonderful dreams; one of which was, "that she was in a corn-field with standing corn, except some that was cut down; she

This gentleman was desired to attend, he being a man of much professional knowledge and practice (and of an upright character, like the former) but having uo belief in visitations out of the course of nature, was judged to be the most proper person to relate the facts, without being partial, in order to guard against every idea of imposture, that many persons might wish to believe.

thought the Lord threw down from heaven three sheets of paper, that fell upon the standing corn. It was in print, much like her mode of writing. She thought she read them, and that they were the decrees of the Lord for men and devils; she thought the writings were full of the most heavenly and beautiful language; she remembered a few of the words when she awoke but soon forgot them. She thought there was a large quantity of birds in the corn-field, pigeons and partridges, which she was ordered to catch, when a large covey came to her, and flew on her arms and on her breast, which she caught and put in her apron; there were other flocks in the field, and she told all her friends, who were in the field with her, they must also catch them; she saw the birds gathered round them in coveys to be caught, so they gathered them without trouble." The meaning of this dream will be known hereafter. She had strange dreams every night, but they are not all to be penned at present. The fourth day her fever began to abate, and for two or three hours in the evening she seemed quite recovered, and talked much to her friends, very cheerfully; but the next day, her pains returned with double force, and her faith, like Peter's, began to sink; she thought it impossible to be recovered from such illness in two days; and she was again assured, that the Lord would fulfil his promise; but she wished to conceal from her friends the dangerous state she felt herself in; knowing how they rejoiced the night before, she did not love to sink their hopes; but she was so ill that it could not be concealed from them, and they were sunk in fear, except Mr. Sharp, who declared his faith was as firm as ever, as he judged him faithful that promised -and all must be fulfilled, which in the end proved true; for, although she had such a fever, accompanied with such tormenting pains in the bowels and bones, and was not from her bed until the end of

*The Reader is desired to refer to the five first pages of this Book; particu larly the second page, which was written from Joanna on the 3d of September, and the writing continued until the 17th; when she was to stop, and receive instructions preparatory to her Mueso,

the seven days. On the seventh day in the morning she was told she was to arise from her bed at four o'clock, "the very same hour that the temptations left her by words, on the seventh day; then so it should leave her by sickness now; and she should be perfectly restored and raised up at four o'clock on that day," which, although at that time ill, she mentioned to Mrs. Field; who, being filled with joy, said she had a desire to surprise Mr. Sharp, who was always confident of her recovery; and also to have a laugh at the person who came with him, and who was always doubtful of her recovery, and often said, "We will wait and see." So she would make up an image in Joanna's likeness, and place it in the bed, to see how Mr. Sharp would look, seeing his faith disappointed; and the other to cry out that her faith was right: this she said she would do, if Joanna did not think it a sin; but Joanna answered, she was afraid it was carrying a jest too far, as the Lord, in his mercy and goodness, had raised her up, she thought it their most serious duty to return him thanks. She said if she thought it was wrong, she would decline; but Joanna was immediately answered, she might return thanks, and permit the other to be done also; for the thing was simple, but not sinful. So it was put into execution; and a perfect image, made up of clothes, was put in the bed that she had risen from, and had retired into another room, most miraculously restored, as though she had never been ill, so as to tell her friend she was doubtful whether she was in her senses or not; for she felt no effects from her illness. But when Mr. S. came in the evening, with the doubting person, he still believed Joanna to be perfectly restored, but in a sweet sleep, after her recovery; so his faith was not altered; but the other soon discovered the innocent cheat, turned away offended, thinking it presumptuous, and done with an intention to cause fear. But Mr. Sharp soon found his faith was on a true foundation, and laughed at the innocent invention. This simple thing would never have been put in print, if it had not been commanded. It was explained to her,

that they had judged the Lord as dumb an image as
that which was put into the bed she rose from; to try
to baffle the faith of those that did believe, and to
strengthen the unbelief of mockers: as this must be
done, if the deceit was not found out. Here begins
the manner the Lord spake to her after her illness:
"Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer,
And with Satan next begin;
From the sixth day I'd not answer,
Till I did fulfil the thing.
In Wilson's room, behold thy dooms
He held me to my word;
And now let Satan dare presume
For to condemn his Lord.
Because you see the mystery,

The truth doth now appear;
The Shadow first did come to thee,
And now the Substance here
Did surely come; so all was seen,—
Thy sick bed did appear,

And thou hast suffer'd Wilson's pain;

But Satan's arts were near;

For to afflict a different stroke,

He surely laid his hand;

Because his God he thought to mock—,`
Be wise and understand:
Because, like Job, it must be knową,
I said he would appear.
Can Satan be a powerful god,
His wisdom cannot clear?
Did I not say, to thee that day,
Satan should lay his hand
Where'er it was judg'd fit by he
Be wise and understand.
And so by he, you all do see,
Thy body he did afflict,
As I before had said of Job;

So Satan now expect

The coming stroke; for I'll not mock

Those that believe in me;

For as the faith in Sharp was seen,

The end you all shall see;

He did believe I'd not deceive,
But raise the seventh day;
And though she went to foil the man,
The truth he then did see,

That an Impostor in the bed

Was placed in thy room,

To make him judge thee almost ead,

And mock the faith of man.

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