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K. Henry. 8. Barnes, Garret, and Hierome, Martyrs.

that he and diuers others there, were then in great sorowe for this matter. Then I went straight to Friswides, and Euensong was begon, and the Deane and the other Canons were there in their gray Amices: they were almost at Magnificat before I came thether. I stode at the quier dore and heard MarginaliaM. Tauerner. maister Tauerner play, and others of the Chappell there sing, with and among whome I my selfe was wont to sing also, but now my singyng and musick was turned into sighyng and musing.

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As I thus and there stoode, in commeth D. Cotisford the Commissary, as fast as euer he could go, bare headed, as pale as ashes (I knew his griefe well inough) and to the Deane he goeth into the Quier, where he was sittyng in his stall, and talked with him verye sorrowfully: MarginaliaThe Pharisies troubled at Maister Garrets escape out of prison. what I know not, but wherof I myght and dyd well and truely gesse. I went a side from the Quier doore: to see and heare more. The Commissarye and Deane Came out of the Quier wonderfully troubled, as it seemed. About the middle of the Church met them D. London, puffyng, blusteryng: and blowyng lyke a hungry and greedy Lion seeking his pray. They talked together a while but the Commissary was much blamed of them for kepyng of his prisoner so negligently, in so much that he wept for sorrow: and it was knowen abroade, that Master Garret was escaped, & gone out of the Commissaries chamber at Euensong tyme, but whether no man could tell. These Doctours departed, and sent abrode their seruantes and spies euery where. MarginaliaM. Clarke. Maister Clarke about the middle of Compline, came forth of the Quier: I followed hym to his chamber, and declared what was happened that after noone, of maisters Garrets escape. He was glad, for he knew of hys foretaking. Then he sent for one MarginaliaM. Sumner M. Bettes. M.Sumner and Maister Bets, fellowes and Canons there. In þe meane while he gaue me a very godly exhortation, praying God to geue me & all the rest of our brethrē, prudentiam serpentinam, & simplicitatem columbinam, for we should haue shortly much nede therof, as he verely thought. When M. Sumner and M. Bets were come vnto hym, he caused me to declare agayne the whole matter vnto them two, and they were very glad, that M. Garret was so deliuered, trusting that he should escape all his enemies. Thē desiring them to tell vnto our other brethren, what was happened (for there were diuers other in that Colledge) I went to Corpus Christi Colledge to comfort our brethren, there beyng in lyke heauines. There I taried and supped with them. At which supper we were not very mery, considering our state and perill at hand.

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When we had ended our Supper, and committed our whole cause with feruent sighes and harty prayers vnto God our heauenly father, I went to Alborne hall, & there lay that night. In the mornyng I was vp very early, and as soone as I could get out at the dore, I went straight toward Gloucester Colledge to my chamber. It had rayned that mornyng, and with my goyng I had all to be sprinckled my hose and my shoes with myre. And when I was come into Gloucester colledge, which was about vj. of the clocke, I found þe gates fast shut. Wherat I did much maruel, for they were wōt to be opened daily long before þt tyme. Then did I walke vp & downe by the wall there, a whole houre before the gates were opened. In the meane whyle, my musing head beyng full of forecasting cares, and my sorowfull hart flowyng with dolefull sighes, I fully determined in my conscience before God, that if I should chance to be taken & be examined, I would accuse no man, nor declare any thing further then I did alredy perceiue was manifestly known before. And so when the gate was opened, thinking to shift my selfe and to put on a longer gowne, I went in towardes my chamber, and goyng vp the stayres, woulde haue opened my dore, but I could not in a long season do it. MarginaliaDalabers Chamber searched for M. Garret. Wherby I perceiued that my locke had bene medled withall, and therwith was somewhat altered. Yet at last wyth much ado I opened the locke and went in. When I came in, I saw my bed all to tossed and tumbled, my clothes in my presse throwen downe, and my study dore open. Whereof I was much amased, and thought verily that some searche was made there that night for M. Garret, and that it was knowen of his beyng with me, by the Monkes man that brought hym to my chamber.

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Now was there lying in the next chamber vnto me a Monke, who as soone as he heard me in the chāber, came to me, and told how M. Garret was sought in my chamber that night, and what ado there was made by the Commissary and the two Proctors, with bils and swordes thrusted thorow my bedstraw, and how euery corner of my chamber was searched for maister Garret. And albeit hys gowne & hoode lay there in my presse with my clothes, yet they perceiued them not. Then he told me that he was cōmaunded to bryng me as soone as I came in, vnto the Priour of the studentes named Antony Dunstane a Monke of West minster. This so troubled me that I forgot to make cleane my hose and shoes, and to shift me into an other gowne: MarginaliaDalaber brought to the Prior of Glocester Colledge. and therfore, so all to be dirted as I was, & in my shorte gowne, I went with him to the sayde Priors chamber, where I found the sayd Prior standyng and lookyng for my cōming. He asked me where I hadde bene that night. I told him I lay at Alborne Hall with my old bedfelow Fitziames, but he would not beleue mee. He asked me if M. Garret were with me yesterday. I told hym yea. Then he would know where he was, and wherfore he came vnto me. I told him I knew not where he was except he were at Woodstocke. For so (sayd I) hee had shewed me that he would goe thether, because one of the kepers there his frend, had promised hym a peece of veneson to make mery withall þt Shroftyde, and that he woulde haue borowed a hatte and a payer of hygh shoes of me, but I hadd none in deede to lend hym. This tale I thought meetest, though it were nothyng so. Then hadd he spyed on my fore finger a byg ryng of siluer very well double gylted with ij. letters A. D. ingraued in it for my name: I suppose he thought it to be gold. He required to see it. I tooke it vnto him. MarginaliaAnthony Dalabers ringe taken from hym. When hee hadde it in his hand, he sayd it was his ryng, for therein was his name, an A. for Antony, and a D. for Dunstane. When I heard him so say, I wished in my hart to bee as well deliuered from and out of his company, as I was assured to be deliuered from my ryng for euer.

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Then he called for pen, ink, and paper, and commaunded me to write when and how Garret came vnto me, & where he was become. I had not written scarsly three woordes, but the chief bedle with ij. or iij. of the Commissaries men, were come, vnto Master Prior, requiryng hym strayghtwayes to bryng vs awaye vnto Lyncolne Colledge to the Commissary and to D. London. Whether when I was brought into the chapell, there I found D. Cotisforde Cōmissarye, D. Higdon then Deane of the Cardinals Colledge, and D. London Warden of the newe Colledge standyng together at the alter in the chappell. When I was brought vnto them, after salutations giuen and taken betwene them, they called for chayres and sat downe, MarginaliaAnthony Dalaber apprehended and troubled for M. Garret. and called for me to come to them. and fyrst they asked what my name was. I told them that my name was Antony Dalaber. Then they also asked me how long I hadde bene student in the Vniuersitie, and I told them almost iij. yeares. And they asked me what I studied. I tolde them that I had read sophistrie and Logicke in Alborne Hall, and now was remoued vnto Glocester Colledge to study the Ciuil lawe, the whiche the foresayd Prior of the studentes affirmed to be true. Then they asked me whether I knew M. Garret, and how long I had knowen hym. I told them I knew hym well, & had knowen hym almost a tweluemoneth. They asked me when hee was with me. I told them yesterday at after none.

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Now by this time whiles they had me in this talke, one came in vnto them which was sent for, with pē, inke & paper. I trowe it was the Clerke of the vniuersitie. As soone as he was come, there was a bourd & tresles with a forme for him to sit on, set betwene the Doctours and me, MarginaliaThe examination of Antony Dalaber. and a great Masse booke layd before me, and I was commaunded to lay my right hand on it and to sweare that I shoulde truely aunswere vnto such articles and interrogatories as I should be by them examined vpon. I made daunger of it a while at first, but afterward beyng persuaded by them, partly by fayre wordes, and partly by great threates, I promised to do as they would haue me, but in my hart nothing so ment to doe. So I layd my hand on the boke, and one of them gaue me my othe, and that done commaunded mee to kysse the booke. Then made they great curtesie betwen them who should examine me, and minister interrogatories vnto me. MarginaliaD. London Warden of the newe Colledge, an Archpharisey. At the last, the Rankest Papisticall Pharisey of them all D, London tooke vpon him to do it.

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Then hee asked me agayne by my othe. where M. Garret was and whether I had conueyed him. I tolde hym I had not conueyed hym, nor yet wyst not where he was, nor whether hee was gone, except he were gone to Wodstocke (as I had before sayd) as he shewed me he would. Then he asked me agayne when hee came to me, how he came to me, what and how long he talked with me, and whether he went from me, I told him he came to me about euensong tyme, and that one brought him vnto my Chamber doore, whom I knowe not and that hee told me he woulde goe to Woodstocke for some venison to make mery withall this Shroftyde, and that he would haue borowed a hat, and a payre of hygh shoes of me, but I had none such to lend hym, and then he straight went his way from me but whether I know not. All these my sayinges the scribe wrot in a paper booke.

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Then they earnestly required mee to tell them whether I had conueyed hym, for surely they sayde I brought hym

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