Radiograph, by Mr. Harry Price, of Joanna's box before opening. 1, the horse pistol; 2, bone dice-box; 3, steel bead double-ended fob purse, containing coins; 4, puzzle, composed of wires and bone rings; 5, 5a, silver clasps of a book; 6, a medallion; 7, one of a pair of gold inlaid tortoiseshell earrings; 8, frame enclosing miniature; 9, seal in box; 10, lock of casket; 11, 11a, hinges of casket; 12, 12a, 12c, steel bands encircling casket. Note hand-made nails, countersunk, holding casket together.
notes and queries
In the early part of the present century this spot
had an additional renown. Within a few doors of
the old inn, Joanna Southcott, of whom we have
spoken in our notice of St. John's Wood, (fn. 1) set up
a meeting-house for her deluded followers. Her
disciple, Mr. Carpenter, covered the walls with
strange pictures representing, as he said, visions
he had received; "thousands of delusionists,"
observes a writer in the Dispatch, "visited the
chapel, and prayed that old Joanna might speedily
be delivered of the expected Shiloh. But though
a silver cradle was subscribed for and presented,
Nature refused to work a miracle, and no Shiloh
came. After a time, Joanna and her friend Carpenter quarrelled. The old woman retired with
another disciple, Mr. Tozer, to Duke Street, Lambeth, and there built another chapel, leaving
Carpenter in possession of the Newington house.
What he preached there we know not; but in
fulness of time Joanna died, and then numbers
awoke to the delusion, and wondered how they
could have believed in the divine mission of the
ignorant, quarrelsome old woman."
the panacea society
Various spurious boxes
have been opened by
Joanna's enemies, but the
Real Box remains in
safekeeping, till the
time comes for it to be