1804. London: S. Rousseau, 1804.
Sm. 8vo, 152pp. Annotated heavily throughout in pencil by an early reader. Old-style boards, modern printed label, a good copy.
§ First edition of this uncommon account of Southcott’s trial annotated by someone quite possibly familiar with the case and perhaps known to Southcott. In a list of names in the book, the annotator has highlighted the name of Richard Goldsmith though without explanation. An R. Goldsmith was listed as a seller of her books in the 1813 edition of the “Hymns”. According to DNB: “When her father lost his estates and inheritance, he took up farming in a humble way. Joanna grew up with little education but went out into the world to earn her living. When she was 18, the 'Spirit of Truth' became her guide and she began producing prophesies which were sealed and kept safe by her friends. When they were later opened, the events she had predicted had all occurred. In 1797 she visited Exeter when the Rev. Joseph Pomeroy of St. Peters upheld her cause, but ridicule by his fellow clergyman caused him to give it up. In 1801 Joanna published her first book and many new friends joined her to become a great company of Believers. The first examination of her writings was in 1801, with two more in 1803 and 1804 and they were conducted in a legal manner with judges and jury. The clergy refused to appear. Over her lifetime she published 65 books and acquired many supporters, but others spoke out against her. She died in 1814...”. Item #105245