And if you wyll be contented lykewise in other matters, no doubt you shal do wel: therfore gentle goodman Woodman bee ruled. God hath geuen you a good wyt. I protest before God, I would you should doo as well as myne owne soule and body, and so woulde (I dare say) al the worshipfull men in the country,as they haue reported to me.[Back to Top]
VVoodman. Why my Lorde? I take God to record (whom I trust to serue) that I wold bee as glad to lyue in rest and peace, as anye man in al the world, if I might. And I stande to learne, and am contented to be reformed of any thyng that I hold, if it can be proued that it be not agreable to Gods woorde. And the truth is so, I haue talked with a dosen Priestes at the least, since I was deliuered oute of prison, of certain matters, and they haue not bene able to certify me in any thyng that I haue asked them: and therfore haue they complayned on me to the Shriffe and Iustices, making tales and lyes on me, to turn me to displeasure, as much as in them lyethe. I promise you, ther be as many vnlearned Priests in your dioces, as in any one dioces in England I thynke. The more it is to be lamēted.[Back to Top]
Chiches. I promise you I doo much lament it my selfe: for I heare saye no lesse, but it is true that you say. I would I could remedy it, but I can not: but I wyll doo the best that I can, when I come into the country, & I wil be glad to talke with you some other time, whē I am some what better at ease. You see I am very tender nowe, as I haue bene thys halfe yeare and more. Come to dinner: our dynner is redy. I caused you not to tary for any great chere that you shall haue, nor I woulde you should not thynke that I go about to wynne you with my meate. But you bee welcome wyth al my hart. Come syt downe.[Back to Top]
VVood. I thanked hym and went to dynner, and there dyned with hym a Marchaunt man, one of the Shiriffes men, and I, and no mo, and we had good chere. God be praysed therefore. We had no talke of the scriptures al the dynner whyle. But when dynner was done, the bypshop sayd.
Chiches. Now cal maister Stories man. For the Commissioners haue committed you to prison: but I wyll sende for you or euer it bee long, and I pray God I maye do you good. I would be very glad of it.
VVoodman. If it please you to sende for me, I would be very glad to talke wyth you. For I lyke your talke wel. And thē if it please your Lordshyp to examine me vpon any particular matter, I wyll shew you my mynde therein, by Gods grace, wythout dissimulation. But I pray you let me haue nothing to do with maister Story. MarginaliaStory with out reason.For he is a man with out reason, me thynke.[Back to Top]
Chiches. Wel, or euer you go, how say you to the seuen sacramentes? Let me heare what you say to them, that I maye be the wyllinger to send for you agayne.
VVood. I know not. vii. sacramentes.
Chiches. Then what shal I talke with you? How many do you know?
VVood. I know but two, and they be: one the sacrament of Baptisme, and the other the Supper of the Lorde. But if you can iustlye proue by Gods woorde, that there bee more then two, I stand to be reformed.
Chiches. If I proue not vii. by Gods word, thē beleue me not. And so he bad me farewel.
And then the shirifes twoo men, and one of doctor Storyes men, caryed me to Doctor Cookes house, whiche D. Cooke commaunded them to carye me to the Shirifes pryson in Southwarke, saying: he shalbe called before vs agayne shortly, and al hys fellowes, and we shal dispatch them for troublinge the country any more.[Back to Top]
And so I was brought to the Marshalsea, where I now am mery (God be praysed therfore) looking for iudgement ofmy flesh. For they intende to dispatche me shortlye, if God wyll geue them leaue. But God hath theyr hartes in hys hands, and they can do nothing to me, but as god wyl geue them leaue. wherfore I commit my cause to God onely, MarginaliaLuke. 22.and I am sure there shal not one heare of my heade perish without my heauenly fathers wyll, althoughe I bide neuer so muche trouble. Iob perished not for al his trouble, although God gaue the diuel leaue to trouble and try hym, diuers and many waies, as God hathe suffered MarginaliaThe diuels members þe Papists.his members to trouble and trye me, diuers and manye waies. I prayse God, they shal as litle preuayle against my faith (I haue no mistrust) as the diuell preuayled agaynste Iob, what soeuer they doo with my goods, lyfe or body. For he that kept MarginaliaIob. Psal. 121.Iob in all hys trouble, neither slombreth nor sleepeth, but kepeth me and al his elect, that whether wee lyue or dye, it shall be to the prayse and glory of God. MarginaliaRom. 14.For if we liue, we liue at the lords wyll: and if wee dye, wee dye to the Lordes wyll. So, whether we lyue or dye, we are the Lordes, blessed be his name therefore.[Back to Top]
Wherefore deare brethren and sisters, to whom thys my writing shal come, be of good chere, & feare not what man can do vnto you. For they can but kyl the body: MarginaliaLuke. 22.but feare hym that hath power to kyl both body and soule: & yet once agayne I bid you be of good chere. For the Shrife with diuers other gentilmen and Prieestes, whilest I was at the Sherifs house sayd to me, that al the heretikes in the Countrie hong on me, as the people dyd in tymes past vpon Saint Augustine, or saint Ambrose, or such like. wherfore said they, loke[Back to Top]