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Actes and Monumentes of the Church.

lyhodes which we haue perceiued. Also at the going vp of Maister Chauncellar into the Lollars tower we haue good proofe that ther laye on the stockes a gowne either of murrey or crimosin in graine, furred with shankes, whose goune it was we could neuer proue, neither who bare it away. All we finde that Miaster William Horsey Chaunceller to my Lord of London, hath had at his commaundemēt both the rule and guiding of the said prysoner. Morouer, all we find that the said Maister Horsey Chaunceller hath put Charles Ioseph out of his office, as the saide Charles hath confessed, because he would not deale and vse the said prisoner so cruelli, and do to him as the Chanceller wold haue had him to do. Notwithstāding þe deliuerāce of þe keies to þe Chāceller by Charles on þe Saturday at night before Huns death and Charles riding out of the towne on that Sonday in the morning ensuing, was but a cōuention made betwixt Charles and the Chanceller for to colour the murther, for the same Sonday that Charles rode fourth, he came againe to towne the Sonday at night, and killed Richard Hun. as in the depositions of Iulian Littell, Thomas Chitcheley, Thomas Simondes, and Peter Turney doeth appeare.

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After colouring of the murther betwyxt Charles and the Chaunceller conspired, the Chaūceller called to hym one Iohn Spalding bell rynger of Poules, and deliuered to the same Belrynger the keyes of the Lollars towre, geuyng to the sayde Belrynger a great charge, saying I charge thee to kepe Hū more straytely than be hath bene kept, and let hym haue but one meale a daye. Moreouer I charge thee, let no body come to hym without my lycence, neither to bringe hym shyrt, cappe, kerchieffe, or any other thyng, but that I see it before it come to hym. Also before Hun was caried to Fulham, the Chaunceller commaunded to be put vpon Huns necke a great coller of Iron with a great chayne whiche is to heauy for any man or beast to weare, and long to endure.

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Moreouer it is well proued that before Hūs death, the sayde Chaunceller came vp into the sayde Lollers tower, and kneled downe before Hun, holding vp his handes to him, prayinge him of foregeuenesse of all that he had done to him and must do to hym. And on Sonday folowyng, the Chaunceller commaunded the Penitensary of Poules, to go vp to him and saye a Gospell, and make for him holy water and holy bread, and geue it to him, whiche so did and also the Chaunceller commaunded that Hun should haue his dyner. And the same dyner time Charles boy was shut in pryson with Hū, whiche was neuer so before, and after dyner whan the Belrynger fet out the boye, the Belringer sayde to the same boye, come no morehether with meate for him vntyll to morowe at none, for my maister Chaunceller hath cōmaunded that he shall haue but one meale a daye: and the same night folowyng, Rycharde Hun was murthered, whiche murder coulde not haue bene doone without consent and licence of the Chaunceller, and also by the witting and knowledge of Iohn Spaldyng Belrynger, for there could no man come into the pryson but by the keyes beyng in Iohn belringers keping. Also as by my Lorde of Londons booke doeth appeare, Iohn Belrynger is a poore innocent man, wherfore all we doo perceiue that this murther could not be done, but by the commaundement of the Chaunceller, & by the wytting and knowyng of Iohn Belrynger.

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Charles Ioseph within þe tower of Londō of his owne free will & vnconstrained saide, that Maister Chanceller deuised and wrote wt his owne hande, all suche heresies as were laid to Huns charge, recorde Iohn God, Iohn True, Iohn pasmar, Richard Gibson wt many other. Also Charles Ioseph saith, þt whā Richard Hū was slain, Iohn Belringer bare vp þe steire in to Lollars tower a wax cādel, hauing þe keies of the dores hanging on his arme, and I Charles went next to him, and Maister Chaunceller cam vp laste, and whan all we came vp we found Hun lieng on his bed and than mayster Chanceller saide, laye hands on the thefe and so as we murthered Hun, and than I Charles put the girdel a bout Huns neck, and than Iohn Belringer and I Charles, did heue vp Hun, and Maister Chanceler pulled the girdell ouer the staple, and so Hun was hanged.

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¶ The depositions of Iulian Littel late seruant to Charles Ioseph by her fre will vnconstrained the. vi. yere of our souereigne Lord king Henry the, viii. within the Chapell of our lady of Bethelem shewed to thinquest.

FIrst Iulian saieth, that the Wednesday at night after the death of Richard Hun that Charles Ioseph her Maister came home to his supper: Than Iulian saide to him Maister it was told me that ye were in pryson Charles aunswered, it is mery to tourne the peny, and after supper Charles trussed persell of his goodes, and with helpe of Iulian bare them into Maister Porters house to kepe, and that done Charles said to Iulian. Iulian, if þu wilt be sworne to kepe my counsaile I will shew the my minde. Iuliā answered, ye, if it be neither felony or treason: Than Charles toke a boke out of his purse, and Iulian sware to him therupon, than said Charles to Iulian, I haue distroied Richard Hun. Alas Master said Iuliā how, he was caled an honest man? Charles aunswered, I put a wyre in his nose, Alas

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