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1. Preface to Rubric 2. The Rubric 3. Mary's First Moves 4. The Inhibition5. Bourne's Sermon 6. The True Report7. The Precept to Bonner 8. Anno 15549. From 'The Communication' to 'A Monition' 10. Bonner's Monition11. Mary's Articles for Bonner 12. The Articles 13. From Mary's Proclamation to the 'Stile'14. From the 'Stile' to the 'Communication' 15. The 'Communication' 16. How Thomas Cranmer ... 17. Cranmer18. Ridley 19. Latimer20. Harpsfield's Forme 21. 1563's Disputational Digest22. Political Events up to Suffolk's Death 23. Between Mantell and the Preacher's Declaration 24. The Declaration of Bradford et al 25. May 19 to August 1 26. August 1 - September 3 27. From Bonner's Mandate to Pole's Oration 28. Winchester's Sermon to Bonner's Visitation 29. Pole's Oration 30. From the Supplication to Gardiner's Sermon 31. From Gardiner's Sermon to 1555 32. From the Arrest of Rose to Hooper's Letter 33. Hooper's Answer and Letter 34. To the End of Book X 35. The Martyrdom of Rogers 36. The Martyrdom of Saunders 37. Saunders' Letters 38. Hooper's Martyrdom 39. Hooper's Letters 40. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 41. Becket's Image and other events 42. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 43. Bonner and Reconciliation 44. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 45. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 46. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White47. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 48. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 49. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 50. Judge Hales 51. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 52. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 53. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 54. The Letters of George Marsh 55. The Martyrdom of William Flower 56. Mary's False Pregnancy57. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 58. John Tooly 59. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]60. Censorship Proclamation 61. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 62. Letters of Haukes 63. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 64. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain65. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 66. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 67. Bradford's Letters 68. William Minge 69. The Martyrdom of John Bland 70. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 71. Sheterden's Letters 72. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 73. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 74. John Aleworth 75. Martyrdom of James Abbes 76. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 77. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 78. Richard Hooke 79. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 80. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 81. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 82. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 83. Martyrdom of William Haile 84. Examination of John Newman 85. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 86. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 87. William Andrew 88. William Allen 89. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 90. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 91. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 92. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 93. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 94. John and William Glover 95. Cornelius Bungey 96. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 97. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 98. Ridley and Latimer's Conference 99. Ridley's Letters 100. Life of Hugh Latimer 101. Latimer's Letters 102. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed103. More Letters of Ridley 104. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 105. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 106. William Wiseman 107. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 108. John Went 109. Isobel Foster 110. Joan Lashford 111. Five Canterbury Martyrs 112. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 113. Letters of Cranmer 114. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 115. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 116. William Tyms, et al 117. The Norfolk Supplication 118. Letters of Tyms 119. John Hullier's Execution120. John Hullier 121. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 122. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 123. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 124. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 125. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 126. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 127. Thomas Rede128. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 129. William Slech 130. Avington Read, et al 131. Wood and Miles 132. Adherall and Clement 133. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 134. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow135. Persecution in Lichfield 136. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 137. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 138. John Careless 139. Letters of John Careless 140. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 141. Guernsey Martyrdoms 142. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 143. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 144. Three Men of Bristol145. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 146. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 147. John Horne and a woman 148. Northampton Shoemaker 149. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 150. More Persecution at Lichfield 151. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife152. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent153. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury154. The 'Bloody Commission'155. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester156. Five Burnt at Smithfield157. Stephen Gratwick and others158. Edmund Allen and other martyrs159. Edmund Allen160. Alice Benden and other martyrs161. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs162. Ambrose163. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper164. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs165. John Thurston166. Thomas More167. George Eagles168. Richard Crashfield169. Fryer and George Eagles' sister170. John Kurde171. Cicelye Ormes172. Joyce Lewes173. Rafe Allerton and others174. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston175. Persecution at Lichfield176. Persecution at Chichester177. Thomas Spurdance178. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson179. John Rough and Margaret Mearing180. Cuthbert Simson181. William Nicholl182. Seaman, Carman and Hudson183. Three at Colchester184. A Royal Proclamation185. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs186. Richard Yeoman187. John Alcocke188. Alcocke's Epistles189. Thomas Benbridge190. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs191. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver192. Three at Bury193. The Final Five Martyrs194. William Living195. The King's Brief196. William Browne197. Some Persecuted at Suffolk198. Elizabeth Lawson199. Edward Grew200. The Persecuted of Norfolk201. The Persecuted of Essex202. Thomas Bryce203. The Persecuted in Kent204. The Persecuted in Coventry and the Exiles205. Thomas Parkinson206. The Scourged: Introduction207. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax208. Thomas Greene209. Bartlett Greene and Cotton210. Steven Cotton's Letter211. Scourging of John Milles212. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw213. Robert Williams214. Bonner's Beating of Boys215. A Beggar of Salisbury216. John Fetty217. James Harris218. Providences: Introduction219. The Miraculously Preserved220. Christenmas and Wattes221. Simon Grinaeus222. John Glover223. Dabney224. Alexander Wimshurst225. Bosom's wife226. The Delivery of Moyse227. Lady Knevet228. Crosman's wife229. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk230. Congregation of London231. Robert Cole232. Englishmen at Calais233. John Hunt and Richard White234. Punishments of Persecutors235. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth236. The Westminster Conference237. Nicholas Burton238. Another Martyrdom in Spain239. Baker and Burgate240. Burges and Hoker241. Justice Nine-Holes242. Back to the Appendix notes243. A Poor Woman of Exeter244. Those Burnt at Bristol: extra material245. Priest's Wife of Exeter246. Gertrude Crockhey
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1734 [1633]

A letter of Cutbert Simson, written to his wife out of the Colehouse.

MarginaliaA letter.DEare harty beloued 

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This letter is printed in all editions of Acts and Monuments and in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 659-60.

in the Lord Iesus Christ, I cannot write as I do wishe vnto you. I beseche you with my soule, commit your selfe vnder the mighty hand of oure God trusting in his mercie, & he will suerlye helpe vs, as shalbe most vnto his glory and oure euerlasting comfort, being sure of thys, that he will suffer nothing to come vnto vs, but that which shallbe moste profitable for vs. For it is other a correction for oure sinnes, or a trial of our faith, or to set furth his glory, or for altogether, and therfore must nedes be wel done. For there is nothing that commeth vnto vs by fortune or chaunce, but by oure heauenly fathers prouidence. And therfore praye vnto oure heauenly father that he wil euer geue vs his grace so to consider it. Let vs geue him moste hartye thankes for these his fatherly corrections. For as many as he loueth, he correcteth. And I beseche you nowe be of good chere, and count the crosse of Christ greater riches, then al the vain pleasurs of England. I do not doute (I praise god for it) but that you haue supped with christ at his maūdie, I meane beleue in him for that is the effect), and then must you drinke of hys cuppe, I mene his crosse, (for that doth the cup signify vnto vs). Take the cuppe wyth a good stomacke in the name of God: & then shall you be sure to haue the good wine Christes bloude to thy poore thyrsty soule. And when you haue the wine, you must drinke it oute of this cup. Learne this when you come to the Lordes supper, pray continually. In all thinges giue thankes.

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In the name of Iesus shall euery knee bowe.
Cutbert Sympson.

Hugh Foxe.Ihon Dewneshe. 
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Hugh Foxe and John Devenish

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and remained basically unchanged in subsequent editions. It was based on their answers to the articles alleged against them and these were taken from the records of their trial.

WIth, Cutbert likewise were apprehended and also suffred, as is before mencioned, Hugh Foxe, aud Iohn Dewnesh. 

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A letter from Foxe and Devenish to other protestant prisoners is BL, Additional Ms 19400, fos. 84r-86v.

Who being brought to their examinations, with the sayde Cutbert, before Boner byshop of London, the xix. day of March, had articles and interrogatories to them ministred by the sayd office, albe it not al at one tyme. For first to the sayde Cutbert seuerall articles were propounded, then other articles in general were ministred to them all together. The order and maner, and also the copy of these articles, both seuerally and ioyntlye to them ministred here followe, with their answers also to the same annexed, to be sene. And firste the Interrogatories and articles layed to Cutbert Sympson, which were these.

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Articles seuerally ministred to Cutbert Sympson, the. xix. of March, wyth hys answers also to the same annexed.

Marginalia1.FIrst that thou Cutbert Simpson, arte at this present abiding within the city and dioces of Lōdon, and not out of the Iurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome.

Marginalia.2Item, that thou within the City and dioces

of London, hast vttered many times and spoken deliberatly these words and sentences following, videlicet: that though thy parētes, aūcestoures, kinsfolkes and frendes, yea and also thy selfe, before the tyme of the late schime here in this Realme of Englād, haue thought and thoughtest, that the faith and religion obserued in times past here in this Realme of England, was a true fayth and religion of Christ in al pointes, and articles, though in the church it was set forth in the latine tonge & not in English, yet thou beleuest and saiest that the fayth and Religion now vsed commenly in this realme, not in the englishe, but in the latine tong, is not the true fayth and religion of Christ, but contrary and expressely against it.

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Marginalia3.Item, that thou within the sayd City and dioces of London, has willingly, wittingly, and contemptuously, don, and spoken agaynst the rites, and the ceremonyes commenly vsed here through the hole Realme, and obserued generally in the church of England.

Marginalia4.Item, that thou haste thought and beleued certenly, and so within the dioces of London hast affirmed and spoken deliberatly that ther be not in the catholicke churche seuen Sacramentes, nor of that vertue & efficacie, as is commenly beleued in the church of England them to be

Marginalia5.Item, that thou hast likewise thought and beleued, yea and haste so within the City and dioces of London, spoken, and deliberatly affirmed, that in the Sacrament of the aultar there is not really, substancially and truly the very body and bloude of oure sauioure Iesus Christ.

Marginalia6.Item, that thou hast bene, and to thy power art at this present, a fauourer of all those that either haue bene here in this realme, heretofore called heretickes, or els conuented and condemned by the ecclesiasticall Iudges for heretickes.

Marginalia7Item, that thou, contrary to the order of this Realme of England, and cōtrary to the vsage of the holy churche of this Realme of Englād hast at sondry times and places within the city and dioces of London, bene at assemblies & conuenticles, where there was a multitude of people gathered together, to heare the english seruice saide, which was set fourth in the late yeares of kinge Edward the sixt, and also to heare and haue the communion booke redde, and the communion ministred, bothe to the said multitude, and also to thy selfe, and thou haste thought, and so thinkest and hast spoken that the said english seruice, and communion boke, and and al things conteined in either of them was good and laudable, and for suche thou diddest & doest allowe & approue either of them at this present.

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