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be done with spede, shewed how daungerous a thing it was, for such a congregatyon to be wythout a head. What a pestiferous sicknesse was in all the city, which not only consumed yong men and children: but also men of myddle age, and old men in like māner. And thys plage came first by straungers vnto the pore of the city, and so hath infected the rich, and so is come vnto þe fathers of the coūcel. Al these thinges do breede feare. MarginaliaLx. dayes must be delayd after the sea is voyd.The decree dooth nothinge at all let or hinder, wherin it is prouyded that there should be delay of lx. dais after the sea is void. For that is to be vnderstande, when as the sea is void, at such time as ther is no councel holden. Neither ought we to tary or make any delay least the princes beynge perswaded by Gabriell shoulde resyste. Vnto whome the deposition of Gabriel, and the election of some other, is to be certified all vnder one message. The other which thought good that there should be a delay, said: that the coūcel did lacke no heade, forsomuche as Christe was the head therof. Nether to lacke a ruler, for so much as it was gouerned by the presydents and other officers. And that no mentyon should be made of anye pestilence in suche case, for vnto stout and strong men, deathe is not to be feared. Neither can any thing daunt or feare them which contend for the christyan faith. As for that pestilence which dooth now increase and grow in the city, now that iudgement is geuen it is to be hooped, that it wyll asswage, whiche was thoughte to haue come for the neglecting of iustice.

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Also that in so doubtful a matter, that they ought rather to vse the princes against theyr wil, rather then neglect them. Neither is it to be feared, but that in this case fortune wyll healpe those that are stout and valiaunt. The matter being thus discussed amongs them. Albeit that so many men, so manye mindes, yet it seemed best vnto them all, that it was most profitable to chuse the Bishop by and by, but most honest to deferre it.

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MarginaliaIhon Segouius.Here vpon Ihon Sogouius, a man of excellent learning, said: Moost reuerent fathers, I am diuerslye caried hither and thither in thys matter, but spedely to declare my minde, thys is my opinion. That I doo thincke good to haue a speady election of mennes iudgement, but a delaye of two monthes of the deuyne iudgement. For I do not see how that which is prouided by the lawes can bee cut of. I doo iudge not only the wordes, but also the meaning of our decree to be obserued. Wherefore if ye wil geue any creadit vnto me, follow rather daungerous honesty, then secure vtility. Allbeit that in dede vtilitye can not be discerned from honesty. This opinion of delay toke place amōge the fathers, and they determined to stay, by the space of ii. monthes.

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In the meane time messengers, were sente vnto the Princes to declare the deposytion of the bishop of Rome by the Sinode, and to publish it abrode.

Duringe this time the corrupt air was nothing at al purged, but the mortality daily increased. Many died and were sycke. Whervpon a sodain feare came vpon the fathers. Neither were they sufficiently aduised what they would doo. For they thoughte it not good to differ the time or to tarye, but those whyche thought good to tary, said: that synce they had ouercome famine, and the assaultes of theyr enemies on erth, they wold not seme to shrink for the persecution of anye plage or sycknesse. But forsomuch as they could not all be kepte there, it was polliticklye prouided, that the councel should not seme to be dissolued for any mannes departure. And for the more establishmente of the matter, there was certayne thinges red before the fathers, which they called De Stabilamento, whose autority continued long time after. MarginaliaA great pestilens in Basel.when as the Dogge daies were come, and that al herbes wythered with heat, the pestilence encreased dailye more and more, þt it is vncredible how manye dyed. It was to horrible to see the corses hourely caried thorow the streat, when on euery side ther was weping, wailinge, and syghinge. There was no house voyd of mourninge. No mirthe or laughter in no place, but the matrones bewailing their husbandes, and the husbandes their wiues.

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Men and women went through the streat, and durst not speake one vnto a nother, some taried at home, and other some that wente abrode had perfumes to smell vnto, to preserue them against the plage.

The common people died without nomber, and like as in the colde Autumne, the leaues of the trees doo fall, euen so the youthe of the citye did die. The violence of the disease was such, that ye should haue met a man merye in the streat now, and within x. hours hard that he had bene buryed. The nombre of the deade corses was such, also that they lacked place to bury them in.

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In so much that all the cloysters were digged vp, and greate holes made in the paryshe churches, wheras a greate noumbre of corses beinge thruste in together, they couered them ouer with earth. For which cause the fathers were so a fraid, that there appeared no bloud in their faces, MarginaliaLodouicus the Prothonotary diethand specially the sodain deathe of Lodouicus the prothonatarye did make all men a fraid, who was a stronge man and florishing in age, syngulerlye learned in boothe lawes. Whome the same enuious sycknesse toke awaye in a fewe houres: by and by after died Lodouicus the Patriarke of Aquileia a man of great age, and brought vp alwaies in

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