MarginaliaAnswer to the articlesVNto al which articles, þe said Cutbert Simson answered thus or the like in effect.
To the. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. and. 6. article, hee confessed them to be true in euery parte therof.
To the. 7. article he sayd that he was bound to answere vnto it, as he beleueth.
MarginaliaGeneral articles obiected to them al thre together.AFter these articles thus ministred & laid to Cutbert Simson, with hys answers likewise vnto the same, then the byshop calling them al together, obiected to them other positions and articles, the same which before are mentioned in the story of Bartlet Grene, pag 1457. only the eight article out of the same omitted and excepted, which articles bycause they are allready expressed in the page aboue mētioned, we nede not here to make any new report of the same, but only referre the reader to the place assigned.[Back to Top]
Marginalia1. MarginaliaGeneral answers of these thre to the foresayd articles.TO the first article they all answer affirmatiuely: but Iohn Deuenish addeth, that that Church is grounded vppon the prophetes and Apostels, Christ being the head corner stone, and how in that church there is the true fayth and religion of Christ.[Back to Top]
Marginalia2.To the second article they all confessed and beleued, that in Christes catholike church, there are but. ii. Sacramentes, that is to witte baptisme and the supper of the Lorde: otherwise they do not beleue the contentes of this article to be true in any parte therof.
Marginalia3.To the. iii. article, they al answered affirmatiuely.
Marginalia4.To the fourth article, they al answered affirmatiuely.
Marginalia5.To the fifte article they al answered affirmatiuely, that they do beleue, and haue and wil speake agaynst the sacrifice of the masse the Sacrament of the aulter, and likewise against the auctority of the Sea of Rome, and are nothing sory for the same, but wyll do it still while they liue.
Marginalia6.To the sixte article, they all answered and denyed to acknoledge the autority of the Sea of Rome, to be laufull and good, neither yet his religion.
Marginalia7.To the seuēth article, they al answered affirmatiuely, that they haue and wyll do so still while they liue: and Iohn Deuenish addinge therto, sayd that the sacrament of the aulter,
as it is now vsed, is no sacrament at al, as he sayth.
Marginalia8.To the eight article, they al confessed and beleued al thinges aboue by thē acknowleged and declared, to be true, and that they be of the dioces of London, & Iurisdiction of the same.
These. iii. aboue named persons and blessed witnesse of Iesus Christ, Cutbert, Foxe, & Deunysh, as they wer altogether apprehended at Islyngton, as is aboue declared, so the same all three together suffered in Smithfield about the. xxviii. daye of March, in whose perfect constancy the same Lorde (in whose cause and quarell they suffered) geuer of all grace and gouernour of all thinges, bee exalted for euer. Amen.[Back to Top]
The entire account of William Nichol first appeared in the 1563 edition; an informant must have supplied Foxe with the sparse details he had on Nichols.
William Nicholl a martire.WE finde in all ages from the beginnig (gentel reader) that Sathan hath not ceassed at all times, to molest the church of Christe, with one affliction or other to the triall of their faith, but yet neuer so apparant at any time to all the worlde as when the Lord hath permitted him power ouer the body of his saintes, to the shedinge of their bloud, & peruerting of religion. for then slepeth he not, I warrant you, frō murdering of the same, vnlesse they will fall downe with Achab & Iesabell to woorship him, and so kill and poison their owne soules eternally. As in these, the miserable latter dais of Quene Marye hard by oure dores, yea euen in oure houses some times, & also a farre of, we haue felte hard and sene the practise of the same. Among whom we finde recorded an honest good simple poore man, on William Nicoll, who was apprehended by the Champions of the Pope, for speaking certaine wordes agaynst the cruell kingdome of Antichrist. And the ix. daye of Aprill 1558. was butcherlie burnt and tormented at Herefordwest in Wales, wher the sayd good William Nicoll ended his life in a most happy and blessed state, and gloriously gaue his soule into the handes of the Lorde, whose goodnes be praised for euer and euer, Amen.
This William Nicoll (good reader) as we are informed, was so simple a good soule, that many estemed him half folish, or rather scarse hauing his wits. But whether or what there in he was we know not: but this are we sure he died a good man, and in a good cause, what so euer they iudge of him. And the more simplicity, or feblenes of wit appered in him, the more beastlye & wretched doth it declare their cruell and tirannicall acte therein. The lorde geue them repentaunce therefore, if it be his blessed wil, Amen, Amen.[Back to Top]