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Actes and Monumentes of the church

come conuenientlye. And vpon the last letters came incontinentlye in a horselitter. Then it was obiected that I bare Palmes & crepte the Crosse whereunto I aunswered that they wer misinformed, and I trusted they woulde not thinke I durste denye it, if I had doon it, because ceremonies bad suche circumstaunces as I mighte easely be reproued, if it were otherwise. Then it was obiected that at Ester I had a solemne Sepulcre in the Churche and suche other ceremonies, I aunswered that I had euen as manye as the Kinges Maiesties Proclemations commaunded me, declaryng playnlye, that I thought it not expediente to make any alteration, wherein to offende the kinges maiesties Proclamation. Adding howe he that followeth as he is commaunded, is verely obediente. It was then obiected vnto me, that I went about to deface two of the kinges Maiesties Chaplaynes sent downe to be Cannons of the Churche of Wynchester: Whereunto I aunswered, declaryng the facte truely as it was, whiche I am yet able to iustefye: After this matter thus eft obiected & answered, I was cōmaunded to go apart, & being called in again, my lord of Somersets grace loking vpō a bill of Articles saide: I had preached how the Apostles wente from the presence of the counsel: of the counsel: of the counsayl: Which matter I denyed, adding that it was not my fashiō of preaching so to play in iteration of words. After þt, it was obiected vnto me for preaching of the sacrament, to saye: The body of Christe was really present, being a fault to vse þe word really not comprised in scripture, wherunto I aunswered that I did not vse the word reallye which nedeth not. For as I once hard my lord of Canterbury reason against one Lambart in the presence of the kings maiestie that dead is: The words of Scripure. This is my body that shalbe betrayed for you, doo plainly and lyuely expresse the verye presence. And so did I set it forth to the people in my dioces. And this is þe effect of all that was sayd against me at my being at the counsail as I can remember, to whō I declared how muche I estemed obedience, & tolde them I had taught in my dioces how the hole life of a christen man cōsisteth in suffering properly. And therfore we may not do our own wil but the wil of god. And among mē we must either suffer þe rulers wil or their power. Their wil to order vs, and their power to punish vs. After declaratiō wherof my lorde of Somerset said, ye must tary in the towne, wherunto I aūswered I wold be contēted at their cōmaundemēt or pleasure to tary, but seing I was no offendor: I desired them I might not tarye as an offendor. And for declaratiō therof þt I mighte haue som house in the countrey about London to remoue vnto for a shift. In deuising wherof I stack moch to borow ashare: My lorde of So-merset sayde, if he had any in faythe he woulde lend me one. And in thende my Lorde of Somerset desired me to write what my mynde was in Ceremonies, and to sende it vnto him: And with that departed. Thus I haue truly opened after what sorte I haue ben complayned on, that hathe certenly come to my knowledg. Truth it is that one Philpot in Winchester, whom I accompted altered in his wittes, as I harde deuised tales of me, the specialties wherof I neuer was called to aunswer vnto. Players and minstrels also rayled on me and other made ballades and rimes of me, but neuer man had iust cause to complayn of any my sayinges, doinges or preachinges, or to my knowledge did (otherwise then afore) And if any man shall put me in remembraunce of any other complainte that might in my absence be made of me: if I haue hard it I will graunte so. But well assured I am, I was neuer complained on, and called to make aunswer to the cōplaynt: but this one time in all my hole lyfe by no man of any degree: Once the Lorde Croumwell God pardon his soule and forgeue him, caused one day and a halfe to be spent in a matter betwene Syr Fraunces Bryan and me, whiche, was ended, and I declared an honest man, whiche the kinges maiestie that dead is God pardon his soule, setforthe with his famyliaritie to me incontinently. And this is all the trouble that I haue had in my lyfe, sauing the sending to the Fleete, being occasioned by my own letter to the counsaile vpon a zeale that I had, which they allowed not. And finally thys sending of me to the Tower whiche was with oute calling me before the counsayle to here what I could say. I am lothe to be forsworne: and therefore accompte all the complaintes in my hole lyfe made against me: wherūto I haue ben made priuie.

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Marginalia7. Article.>Item that after and vpon occasion of those & many other complaints and informations you haue ben sondry times admonished comaunded and enioyned to conforme your selfe, as to your duetie apperteyned.

To thys. vii. Article I aunswere: I was neuer afore the Counsayle called, by waye of outewarde complaynte and information but onely once in all my hole lyfe: Whiche was at my last commynge to London, whereunto I aunswered (as a fore) and haue tolde the forme and processe of speache to serue for furniture of aunswere to this and that Article, for other thē I haue before wrytten I remember not to haue donne or suffered by the higher powers in all my whole lyfe, tyll my commyng into the Tower, withoute that I haue had any by admonicyons, as a man faultye or neglygente at any tyme that I remember for thobseruatyon of any thynge alreadye made or

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