Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Mary's False Pregnancy32. Censorship Proclamation 33. Our Lady' Psalter 34. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain35. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 36. Bradford's Letters 37. William Minge 38. James Trevisam 39. The Martyrdom of John Bland 40. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 41. Sheterden's Letters 42. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 43. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 44. Nicholas Hall45. Margery Polley46. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 47. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 48. John Aleworth 49. Martyrdom of James Abbes 50. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 51. Martyrdom of John Newman52. Richard Hooke 53. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 54. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 55. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 56. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 57. Martyrdom of William Haile 58. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 59. William Andrew 60. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 61. Samuel's Letters 62. William Allen 63. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 64. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 65. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 66. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 67. Cornelius Bungey 68. John and William Glover 69. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 70. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 71. Ridley and Latimer's Conference 72. Ridley's Letters 73. Life of Hugh Latimer 74. Latimer's Letters 75. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed76. More Letters of Ridley 77. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 78. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 79. William Wiseman 80. James Gore 81. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 82. Philpot's Letters 83. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 84. Letters of Thomas Wittle 85. Life of Bartlett Green 86. Letters of Bartlett Green 87. Thomas Browne 88. John Tudson 89. John Went 90. Isobel Foster 91. Joan Lashford 92. Five Canterbury Martyrs 93. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 94. Letters of Cranmer 95. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 96. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 97. William Tyms, et al 98. Letters of Tyms 99. The Norfolk Supplication 100. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 101. John Hullier 102. Hullier's Letters 103. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 104. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 105. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 106. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 107. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 108. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 109. Gregory Crow 110. William Slech 111. Avington Read, et al 112. Wood and Miles 113. Adherall and Clement 114. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 115. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow116. Persecution in Lichfield 117. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 118. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 119. Examinations of John Fortune120. John Careless 121. Letters of John Careless 122. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 123. Agnes Wardall 124. Peter Moone and his wife 125. Guernsey Martyrdoms 126. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 127. Martyrdom of Thomas More128. Examination of John Jackson129. Examination of John Newman 130. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 131. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 132. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 133. John Horne and a woman 134. William Dangerfield 135. Northampton Shoemaker 136. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 137. More Persecution at Lichfield
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John Philpot

(1516 - 1555)

Archdeacon of Winchester and martyr. [DNB]

Foxe records Philpot's formative years and character. 1563, p. 1388, 1570, p. 1961, 1576, p. 1688 , 1583, p. 1795.

Philpot was one of the signatories to a letter of 8 May 1554 protesting against the proposed disputation at Cambridge. The letter is printed in 1563, pp. 1001-3; 1570, pp. 1639-41; 1576, pp. 1399-1400; 1583, pp. 1469-71).

Philpot was also one of the authors of a petition to Philip and Mary asking them for an opportunity to defend, in public debate, the Edwardian religious reforms (1570, p. 1656; 1576, p. 1413; 1583, p. 1483).

Philpot's account of the debate over transubstantiation was reprinted by Foxe [cf. John Philpot, The trew report of the dysputacyon had and begonne in the convocacyon hows at London the XXVIII daye of Octobre MDLIIII (Emden, 1554). STC 19890, with 1563, pp. 906-16; 1570, pp. 1571-78; 1576, pp. 1340-47; 1583, pp. 1410-17). In Philpot's version of events, he plays the lead role among the six clerics - the others were Walter Phillips, James Haddon, Richard Cheyney, John Aylmer and Thomas Young - in refuting the catholic arguments.

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John Philpot was made archdeacon of Winchester under Ponet. 1563, p. 1388, 1570, p. 1961, 1576, p. 1688, 1583, p. 1795.

Philpot's first examination was before Cholmley, Roper, Story, and one of the scribes of the Arches at Newgate Hall, 2 October 1555. 1563, pp. 1388-90, 1570, pp. 1961-62, 1576, pp. 1688-89, 1583, pp. 1795-96.

In Philpot's first examination, Story claimed that Philpot was guilty of heresy for speaking against the mass. 1563, pp. 1388-90, 1570, pp. 1961-62, 1576, pp. 1688-89, 1583, pp. 1795-96.

Philpot's second examination was before Cholmley, Roper, Story and Cook and the scribe on 24 October 1555. 1563, pp. 1390-92, 1570, pp. 1962-64, 1576, pp. 1689-91, 1583, pp. 1797-98.

During Philpot's second examination, Story demanded that Philpot be taken to Lollard's Tower, after which he was imprisoned in Bonner's coal house. 1563, pp. 1390-92, 1570, pp. 1962-64, 1576, pp. 1689-91, 1583, pp. 1797-98.

Bonner sent Johnson the registrar to speak to Philpot when he was imprisoned in the coal house. 1563, p. 1392, 1570, p. 1964, 1576, p. 1689, 1583, p. 1798.

Thomas Whittle was imprisoned in the coal house with Philpot. Bonner was so violent with Whittle's beard that he plucked much of it away and made his face black and blue. 1563, p. 1392, 1570, p. 1964, 1576, p. 1689, 1583, p. 1798.

Philpot met with Bonner the second night of his imprisonment in the coal house (his third examination). 1563, pp. 1392-93, 1570, pp. 1964-65, 1576, pp. 1691-92, 1583, pp. 1798-99.

Philpot spoke briefly with Cosin, Bonner's chaplain, before returning to his imprisonment in Bonner's coal house. 1563, p. 1393, 1570, p. 1965, 1576, p. 1692, 1583, p. 1799.

Philpot's fourth examination was in John Harpsfield's house before Bonner, Bath, Worcester and Gloucester. 1563, pp. 1393-98, 1570, pp. 1965-68, 1576, pp. 1692-95, 1583, pp. 1799-1803.

During Philpot's fourth examination, John Harpsfield brought a book by Irenaeus to Philpot's examiners, who then discussed the Roman church with Philpot. 1563, pp. 1393-98, 1570, pp. 1965-68, 1576, pp. 1692-95, 1583, pp. 1799-1803.

Philpot's fifth examination was before Bonner, Rochester, Coventry, St Asaph, as well as Story, Curtop, Saverson, Pendleton and others. 1563, pp. 1398-1405, 1570, pp. 1968-72, 1576, pp. 1695-98, 1583, pp. 1803-05.

During his fifth examination, Philpot asked his examiners which of them could answer Calvin's Institutions, to which Saverson replied that the Genevan church had fragmented and that Calvin had fled. 1563, pp. 1398-1405, 1570, pp. 1968-72, 1576, pp. 1695-98, 1583, pp. 1803-05.

Philpot's sixth examination was before the lord chamberlain to Queen Mary, Ferrars, Lord Rich, Lord St John, Lord Windsor, Lord Shandoys, Sir John Bridges, Chadsey and Bonner. 1563, pp. 1405-12, 1570, pp. 1972-78, 1576, pp. 1698-1702, 1583, pp. 1805-10.

During his sixth examination, Philpot stated that Joan of Kent was a heretic. 1563, pp. 1405-12, 1570, pp. 1972-78, 1576, pp. 1698-1702, 1583, pp. 1805-10.

Philpot stated that Cheyney and Rochester could testify to what he had said under his examination. 1563, pp. 1405-12, 1570, pp. 1972-78, 1576, pp. 1698-1702, 1583, pp. 1805-10.

Chamberlain was present during Philpot's sixth examination and questioned him on the real presence. 1563, pp. 1405-1412, 1570, pp. 1972-78, 1576, pp. 1698-1702, 1583, pp. 1805-10.

Philpot's seventh examination on 19 November 1555 was before Bonner, Rochester, chancellor of Lichfield, Chadsey and John Dee. 1563, pp. 1412-16, 1570, pp. 1978-80, 1576, pp. 1702-05, 1583, pp. 1810-12.

In Philpot's seventh examination, John Dee is referred to as Master Dee in 1563 and 1570 and then as Doctor Dee in 1576 and 1583. 1563, pp. 1412-16, 1570, pp. 1978-80, 1576, pp. 1702-05, 1583, pp. 1810-12.

Johnson the registrar was present during Philpot's seventh examination. 1563, pp. 1412-16, 1570, pp. 1978-80, 1576, pp. 1702-05, 1583, pp. 1810-12.

Three private conferences took place between Philpot and Bonner. (The first involved his keeper; the second, his fellow prisoners and his keeper; and the third only Bonner and Philpot.) 1563, pp. 1416-19, 1570, pp. 1980-82, 1576, pp. 1706-07, 1583, pp. 1812-14.

Philpot's eighth examination was before Bonner, John Harpsfield, St David's, Mordant and others. 1563, pp. 1419-20, 1570, pp. 1982-83, 1576, pp. 1705-06, 1583, p. 1814.

Johnson the registrar was present at Philpot's eighth examination. 1563, pp. 1412-16, 1570, pp. 1978-80, 1576, pp. 1705-06, 1583, pp. 1810-12.

Philpot's ninth examintion was before Bonner and his chaplains, including Cosin. 1563, pp. 1420-24, 1570, pp. 1983-85, 1576, pp. 1707-09, 1583, pp. 1815-16.

During Philpot's ninth examination, Bonner called for John Harpsfield, who attended the session to examine Philpot, and Chadsey, who had, however, left for Westminster. 1563, pp. 1420-24, 1570, pp. 1983-85, 1576, pp. 1707-09, 1583, pp. 1815-16.

Philpot's tenth examination was before Bonner, Johnson and others. 1563, pp. 1424-25, 1570, pp. 1985-86, 1576, pp. 1709-10, 1583, pp. 1816-17.

Philpot's eleventh examination, on St Andrew's day, was before Durham, Chichester, Bath, Bonner, the prolocutor, Christopherson, Chadsey, Morgan of Oxford, Hussey of the Arches, Weston, John Harpsfield, Cosin, and Johnson. 1563, pp. 1425-34, 1570, pp. 1986-92, 1576, pp. 1710-15, 1583, pp. 1817-22.

In Philpot's eleventh examination, John Dee is referred to as a 'great conjurer' in 1563 and 1570. The reference is removed in 1576 and 1583. 1563, pp. 1425-34, 1570, pp. 1986-92, 1576, pp. 1710-15, 1583, pp. 1817-22.

The bishop of Coventry and Lichfield spoke with Philpot about the nature of the true church. 1563, p. 1444, 1583, p. 1818.

Philpot's twelfth examination on 4 December 1555 was before Bonner, Worcester and Bangor. 1563, pp. 1434-37, 1570, pp. 1992-96, 1576, pp. 1715-17, 1583, pp. 1822-24.

One of Bonner's chaplains (probably Cosin) was present during Philpot's twelfth examination. 1563, pp. 1434-37, 1570, pp. 1992-96, 1576, pp. 1715-17, 1583, pp. 1822-24.

During Philpot's twelfth examination, Worcester told Philpot that Durham and Chichester would be coming to speak with him. 1563, pp. 1434-37, 1570, pp. 1992-96, 1576, pp. 1715-17, 1583, pp. 1822-24.

Philpot spoke with Worcester, Wright and Chadsey later the same day as his twelfth examination. 1570, pp. 1993-94, 1576, pp. 1717, 1583, p. 1823-24.

Philpot's thirteenth examination was before York, Chichester and others. 1570, p. 1996, 1576, pp. 1717-19, 1583, p. 1824-26.

Later on the day of his thirteenth examination, Philpot spoke with John Harpsfield, Bonner and Chadsey. 1570, pp. 1996-97, 1576, p. 1719, 1583, pp. 1823-24.

The judgement of Philpot took place in the consistory court of St Paul's on 13 and 14 of December, at which Bonner and others were present. 1570, p. 1997, 1576, p. 1719, 1583, p. 1826.

The last examination of Philpot was on 16 December 1555 before the bishops of London, Bath, Worcester and Lichfield.. 1563, p. 1441, 1570, pp. 1997-98, 1576, p. 1719, 1583, p. 1827.

Foxe includes Bonner's exhortation to Philpot. 1563, p. 1443, 1570, p. 1998, 1576, p. 1710, 1583, pp. 1827-28.

A letter was exhibited by Bonner, concerning the handling of Bartlett Green. 1563, pp. 1444-45, 1570, p. 1999, 1576, p. 1721-22, 1583, p. 1828.

In the letter exhibited by Bonner about Bartlett Green, reference is made to John Dee and Feckenham. 1563, pp. 1444-45, 1570, p. 1999, 1576, pp. 1721-22, 1583, p. 1828.

Philpot was mentioned in letter sent by John Bradford to Lady Fane. 1570, p. 1824, 1576, p. 1560, 1583, p. 1642.

Lady Fane wrote a letter to Bonner. 1563, p. 1445, 1570, p. 1999, 1576, p. 1724, 1583, pp. 1828-29.

John Hooper sent Philpot and his fellow prisoners, Robert Ferrar, John Bradford and Rowland Taylor, a letter dated 6 May 1554 discussing a proposed disputation in Cambridge in which they would represent the protestants. 1570, p. 1687; 1576, p. 1440; 1583, p. 1513.

Laurence Saunders sent a letter to Philpot and his fellow prisoners, John Bradford, Robert Ferrar and Rowland Taylor. 1570, pp. 1671-72; 1576, p. 1426; 1583, p. 1500.

In a letter William Tyms wrote to 'God's faithful servants', he named his fellow prisoners in the King's Bench as Robert Ferrar, Rowland Taylor, John Philpot, John Bradford and five other Sussex men. 1570, p. 2082, 1576, p. 1795, 1583, p. 1902.

Green wrote a letter to John Philpot which was not delivered. According to Foxe it was either not delivered because Philpot died or because the jailor prevented its delivery. 1563, pp. 1459-60, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, pp. 1852-53.

Stokesley said a Latin prayer before the condemnation of Philpot. 1570, p. 2000, 1576, p. 1997, 1583, pp. 1827, 1829.

Philpot had a talk with his keeper, Alexander, during which Philpot refused to recant. 1570, pp. 2000-01, 1576, p. 1997, 1583, p. 1829.

The mayor (Macham) heard of the treatment of Philpot in prison and ordered Philpot's irons to be removed. 1563, p. 1443, 1570, p. 2001, 1576, p. 1998, 1583, p. 1830.

Wittrence, the steward of the house, carried the manacled Philpot. 1570, p. 2001, 1576, p. 1998, 1583, p. 1830.

Foxe records Philpot's behaviour prior to his death, when the sheriffs came to collect him. 1563, p. 1447, 1570, pp. 2000-01, 1576, p. 1722-23, 1583, p. 1830.

A prayer was said by Philpot at the stake. He was burned on 18 December 1555. 1563, pp. 1448-49, 1570, p. 2002, 1576, p. 1724, 1583, pp. 1830-31.

Letters. 1563, pp. 1444-50, 1570, pp. 2002-14,1576, pp. 1721-35, 1583, pp. 1829-43.

Philpot wrote a letter to John Careless. 1563, pp. 1535-38.

Careless replied to the letter from John Philpot. 1563, pp. 1536-37, 1570, pp. 2103-04,1576, pp. 1814-15, 1583, p. 1921.

Whittle sent a letter to John Careless in prison, in which he says he has heard reports of Philpot's stoutness in going to his death and asking for a copy of Philpot's nine examinations for a friend. 1570, p. 1457, 1570, pp. 2018-19, 1576, pp. 1739-40, 1583, pp. 1847-48.

[Also referred to as 'Fylpot'.]

1855 [1831]

Queene Mary. Godly letters of M. Iohn Philpot Martyr.

MarginaliaAnno. 1555. December.vpon me miserable, vile, and wretched sinner, which now drawe neare the gates of death, deserued both in soule and body eternally, by reason of manifold, horrible, olde and new transgressions, which to thyne eyes (O Lorde) are open and knowne: Oh be mercifull vnto me, for the bitter death and bloudshedding of thine owne onely sonne Iesus Christ. And though thy iustice do require (in respecte of my sinnes) that nowe thou shouldest not heare me, measuring me with the same measure I haue measured thy Maiesty, contemning thy dayly calles: yet let thy mercy whiche is aboue all thy works, and wherewith the earth is filled, let thy mercy (I say) preuaile towardes me, through and for the mediation of Christ our sauiour. And for whose sake in that it hathe pleased thee to bring me forth now as one of his witnesses, and a record bearer of thy veritye and trueth taught by him, to geue my life therefore (to which dignitie I do acknowledge dear God that ther was neuer any so vnworthy and so vnmeet, no not the theef that hāged with him on the Crosse): I most hūbly therfore pray thee that thou wouldest, accordingly, ayde, helpe, & assiste me with thy strength and heauenly grace, that with Christe thy sonne I may finde comfort, with Stephen I may see thy presence, and gracious power, with Paule and all others whiche for thy names sake haue suffered affliction and death, I may finde so present with me thy gracious consolations, that I may by my deathe glorifie thy holy name, propagate, and ratifie thy veritie, comfort the hartes of the heauy, confirme thy Church in thy veritie, conuert some that are to be conuerted, and so depart foorth of thys miserable world, where I do nothing but daily heape sinne vpon sinne, and so enter into the fruition of thy blessed mercy: wherof now geue and encrease in me a liuely truste, sense, and feelinge, wherethrough the terrours of death, the tormentes of fire, and panges of sinne, the dartes of Sathan, and the dolours of hel may neuer depresse me, but may be driuen away thorough the working of that most gracious spirite: which now plenteously endue me withall, that through the same spirite I may offer (as I nowe desire to do in Christ by him) my selfe wholy soule and body, to be a liuely sacrifice, holy and acceptable in thy sight. Deare Father, whose I am, and alwayes haue bene, euen from my mothers wombe, yea euen before the world was made, to whome I commend my selfe, soule and body, family, and frendes, countrey and all the whole Churche, yea euen my very enemies, accordynge to thy good pleasure, MarginaliaHe prayeth for restoring of the Gospell and peace in England.beseeching thee intirely to geue once more to this Realme of England, the blessing of thy word agayn, with godly peace, to the teaching & setting forth of the same. Oh dear father, now geue me grace to come vnto thee. Purge and so purifie me by this fire in Christes death and Passion through thy spirite, that I may be a burnt offering of sweete smell in thy sight which liuest and raignest with the sonne and the holy God, nowe and euer more world without end. Amen.

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¶ Letters of Mayster Philpot. 
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John Philpot's Letters

There are two letters by Philpot which are printed in the 1563 edition. One is a letter to John Careless which, in the first edition, was printed with Philpot's letters but in the second edition was printed with the letters of John Careless. The other letter was from Philpot to a group of protestant going into exile. A letter was also printed in the first edition which was wrongly attributed to Philpot (1563, pp. 1449-50). This was actually a letter by John Careless and it was reprinted among Careless's letters in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 560-64; 1570, pp. 2105-06; 1576, pp. 1817-18 and 1583, pp. 1923-24.

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Four of Philpot's letters were first printed in the Letters of the Martyrs and then reprinted in the 1570 edition. A letter from Philpot to fellow protestants, a letter on baptismand five letters to Elizabeth Fane. The letters of Philpot were unchanged in the 1576 edition, but an anonymous letter denouncing Bonner for executing Philpot was added in the 1583 edition.

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¶ A letter which he sent to the christian congregation exhorting them to refrayne from the Idolatrous seruice of the papists, and to serue God after his word. 
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ECL 262, fos. 194r-197v is a copy of this letter; it was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 216-24. This letter is dated 1555 and it must have been written before Philpot was transferred from the King's Bench in late October of that year.

MarginaliaA letter of M. Philpot to the Congregation.IT is a lamentable thing to behold at this present in England, the faithles departing both of men & women frō þe true knowledge & vse of Christes sincere religion, which so plētifully they haue bene taught & do know, their own consciences bearing witnes to the veritie thereof. MarginaliaHeb. 6.If that earth be cursed of God, which eftsoones 

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Repeatedly, continually.

receiuing moisture & pleasant dewes from heauen, doth not bring forth fruite accordingly: how much more greuous iudgemēt shal such persons receiue, which hauing receiued from the father of heauē the perfect knowledge of his word by the ministery therof, do not shew forth Gods worship after the same? If the Lord wil require in the day of iudgemēt a godly vsury of all maner of talentes which he sendeth vnto men & women how muche more wil he require the same of his pure religion reuealed vnto vs (which is of al other talentes the chiefest & most pertayning to our exercise in this life) if we hide the same in a napkin and set it not forth to þe vsurye of Gods glory, and edifying of his church by true confessiō? MarginaliaMath. 25.God hath kindled the bright light of his Gospel, which in times past was suppressed & hid vnder þe vile ashes of mās traditiōs, and hath caused the brightnes therof to shine in our harts,to þe end þt the same might shine before men to þe honor of his name. MarginaliaMath. 5.It is not onely geuen vs to beleue, but also to confesse & declare what we beleue in our outwarde conuersation. For as S. Paule writeth to the Romaynes: MarginaliaRom. 10.The beliefe of the hart iustifieth, and toe acknowledge wyth the mouth, maketh a man safe. It is al one before God, not to beleue at al, & not to shew forth þe liuely works of our belief. For Christe sayth: Either make the tree good and his fruites good: or ells make the tree euill and the fruites euill, because a good tree bringeth forth good fruites: MarginaliaMath. 11.So that þe person which knoweth his maysters will and doth it not, shalbe beaten with many stripes. MarginaliaLuke. 12. MarginaliaMath. 7.And not all they which say Lord Lord

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shall enter into the kingdome of God, but he that doth the will of the father. And whosoeuer in the tyme of tryall is ashamed of me (sayth Christ) and of my wordes, of him the sonne of man will be ashamed before his father. MarginaliaLuke. 9. After that wee haue built our selues into the true church of God, it hath pleased him by geuing vs ouer into the hands of the wicked sinagoges, to proue our building, & to haue it knowne as wel to þe world as to our selues, þt we haue bene wise builders into þe true church of God vpon þe rock, & not on the sand, MarginaliaMath. 7.& therefore nowe the tempest is risen, and the stormes doe mightily blow agaynst vs, that wee might notwithstanding stand vpright and be firme in the Lord, to his honor and glory, and to our eternall felicitie. There is no newe thing happened vnto vs, for wt such tāpests & dangerous weathers the church of God hath continually bene exercised. Nowe once agayne as the Prophet Aggeus telleth vs: MarginaliaAggeus. 2.The Lord shaketh the earth, that those might abide for euer, which be not ouerthrowne. 

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{Cattley/Pratt alters 'ouerthrowne' to 'overcome' in the text., but gives no reason.} In the 'Letters of the Martyrs,' p. 217, Edit. 1564, "which be not overthrowne."

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Therefore my dearely beloued, be stable and immoueble in the word of God, and in the faythfull obseruation therof, and let no man deceiue you with vayn words: saying, that you may keepe your faith to your selues, and dissemble with Antichrist, and so liue at rest and quietnes in the world, as most men doe, yelding to necessitie. MarginaliaWisedome of the flesh not to be harkened vnto.Thys is the wisedome of the fleshe but the wisedome of the fleshe is death and enmitie to God, as our sauiour for ensāple aptly did declare in Peter, who exhorted Christ not to goe to Ierusalem to celebrate the Passouer and there to be slayn, but counselled him to looke better to himselfe. MarginaliaRom. 8. 1. Cor. 6.

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Likewise the worlde woulde not haue vs to forsake it, neither to associate our selues to the true churche which is the body of Christ, whereof we are liuely members, and to vse the sacramentes after Gods word with the danger of our liues. But we must learne to answere the world, as Christ did Peter, and say: Go behynd me Sathan, thou sauourest not the thinges of God. Shall I not drinke of the cup whiche the father geueth me? MarginaliaMath. 16.For it is better to bee afflicted and to be slayne in the church of God, then to be counted þe sonne of the king and the sinagogue of false religion. MarginaliaHeb. 11. Psal. 116 MarginaliaDeath for righteousnes bringeth felicity.Death for righteousnes is not to be abhorred, but rather to bee desired, which assuredly bringeth with it the crowne of euerlasting glory. These bloudy executioners do not persecute Christes martyrs, but crowne them with euerlasting felicitie, we were borne into this world to be witnesses vnto the truth, both learned and vnlearned.

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MarginaliaGodly counsell.Now since the time is come þt we must shew our fayth and declare whether we will be Gods seruauntes in righteousnes & holines, as we haue bene taught & are boūd to follow, or els with hipocrisie to serue vnrighteousnes:let vs take good heed that we be found faithfull in the Lords conuenaunt and true members of hys Churche: in þe which through knowledge we are engraffed, from the whiche if we fall by transgression with the common sort of people, it will more straightly be required of vs, then many yet doe make accompt therof. We cannot serue two maysters: we may not halt on both sides, and thinke to please God: we must bee feruent in Gods cause, or els hee will cast vs out from him. MarginaliaLuke. 18. 3. Reg. 18.For by the first commaundement wee are commanded to loue God with all our hart, with all our mind with all our power and strength: but they are manifest transgressours of this commaundement, which with their heart, mynde or bodely power doe communicate with a straunge religion, contrary to the word of God, MarginaliaApoc. 3 in the papisticall Sinagogue, which calleth it selfe the Church, and is not. As greatly do they offend God now which so doe, as the Israelites did in tymes past by forsaking Ierusalē the true churche of God and by going to Bethell to serue God in a congregation of theyr owne setting vp, and after theyr own imaginations and traditions: Marginalia3. Reg. 31. God will not be serued after mans imagination but as himselfe prescribeth. for the which doyng God vtterly destroyed all Israell, as all the Prophetes almost doe testifie. This happened vnto them for our ensample, that we might beware to haue any fellowship with any like congregation to our destruction.

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God hath one Catholicke church dispersed throughout the world, and therfore we are taught in our Creed to beleue on Catholicke Churche, & to haue communion therwith: which catholicke churche is grounded vpon þe foundation of the Prophets and of the Apostles, and vpō none other, as S. Paule witnesseth to the Ephesians. MarginaliaEphe. 2. Therfore whersoeuer we perceaue any people to worship God truly after the word, there we may be certayne the churche of Christ to bee: vnto the whiche we ought to associate oure selues, & to desire with the Prophet Dauid, to prayse God in þe middest of this churche. MarginaliaPsal. 21.But if we behold through iniquitie of time, segregations to be made with counterfayt religion, otherwise then the word of God doth teach, wee ought then if we be required, to be companions therof, to say agayne with Dauid: MarginaliaPsal. 26. I haue hated the Sinagogue of the

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