age of xl. yeares, being producted & examined, saieth and deposeth in effect, as Iohn Burton doth say before in his depositiōs, agreing with him therin, till he come to the place in the said depositions where it is saide, that Bromley toke Iohn Burton the said prayer, and howe he heard that Bromley had fetched his paper of Iohn Burton againe. Thus this Iurate endeth his depositions, sauinge he addeth in the middest of the same, þt one Hoorde should say: (being at the counter gate with this Examinate, when the paper was redde, & the maner of Tooleis death shewed) this which foloweth I can not see but this man (meaning the sayde Tooley) died wel, and like a Christian man: at which wordes this Iurate rose and went his waye.[Back to Top]
RObert Bromley of London grocer, and one of the Sherifes officers, of the age of 28. yeres or ther about, being sworne & examined, sayeth and deposeth, that the xxvi. day of Aprill last past, he being at the Counter gate did see many people rūne by, and maruelling wherat they ranue, he wēt vp into Cheap side, and seing Iohn Tooly in a cart going to executiō, whom he hath knowē these 16. yeres, folowed him to Charing crosse, and there being at the place of execution, he heard the sayd Tooly say in effect as is in the first Iurates depositions, til that the said first examinate come to the place where he deposeth, the people to aunswere, Amen: of which number this examinate confessed him selfe to be one. And this iurate further saith, that when Tooly had redde the byll the first time, it fel from him: and a certaine yong man (to this examinate vnknowē) who went in a sleueles coat, & a payre of white hoase (as he remembreth) stooped down & toke vp the bill, and climbed vp by the cart, & deliuered it vnto Tooly again,
gate, which booke was deliuered vnto the said Alexander, & a copy desired therof, which Alexāder woud not suffer, but deliuered it vnto syr Richard Read. And further this Examinate saieth, that there was wrytten one line aboue the sayd bil, conteining these wordes. Beware of Antichrist, and subscribed vnderneth, Per me Thomam Harold, prysoner in the Marshial se, and enemy to Antichrist, the which bil, he saith he did deliuer vnto Burton vpon saturdaye, & the sayd Burton had deliuered it againe vpon monday to this Examinate, & had cut of þe said wordes, both aboue and beneath. And further being examined of the circūstaunces of Burtōs depositiōs, affirmeth the same in effect, sauing he added, that Arnold the Sherifes Butler, required of him to see the bill, which this Examinate said, he had deliuered to Burton, and at that time he had it not to shewe him. Also this Iurate further addeth, that in the Sherifes kitchin, those words aboue & beneth the bil were blotted out, and deliuered to Burton againe, who at the time did not cut of the said fore and hinder part of the said prayer.[Back to Top]
Vpon the third day of the moneth of May, in the yeare of our Lord. 1555. in the house of maister Nicholas Harpsfild, Vicar general &c. before him in the presence of me Harward Notary &c. The depositiō of the forsaid examinate was acknowleged by þe said Robert Brōley, by which acknowleging made, the said Bromley saide and confesseth: That he is very penitent & sory for his euil and leude behauiour, by him aboue declared. And saith that he will not stand to any error, vttered by the said Tooly: but frō the botom of his hart, he doth deteste & abhorre the same.[Back to Top]
By me Robert Bromley.
All of the material on the 1555 efforts by the Marian regime to censor anti-catholic literature was first printed in the 1563 edition and unchanged in subsequent editions. However, as was so often the case, in the 1570 edition Foxe moved this material to place it in its proper chronological order. Foxe apparently printed the proclamation and the articles from records of Bishop Bonner, now lost.[Back to Top]
Foxe himself had used A Warning for England to support his claims thatMary secretly planned to restore abbey lands.
Foxe probaly printed the proclamation from a copy transcribed in Bonner's records.