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Actes and Monuments Of the Churche.

daye the commissioners that were appoynted came to the house where Pointz was kepte to haue had his answer in writing, he making no great hast in proceding, answereth thē wt a dilatory, saying he was there a prisoner & might not go abrode, so as although he haue appointed and named who to be a counsel with hym, they came not to him, nor he could not goo to them, nor none may come to geue counsell in this matter, but suche as be lycenced and named by you. Then they gaue hym a daie to make answer against the next viii. day, & Pointz drewe his own minde, answering to the whole declaration generally, the whiche at the nexte comming he deliuered them, but that answere they would not take, saying he must answere to euery article particularly, and so they toke order, that he should make it ready against the next cōming. Thus he trifled them of frō Holantide 

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I.e., Hallowtide or All Hallows day (1 November).

vntil Christmas euen, with dilatories from viii. daie to viii. day. And vpon Christmas euen in the morning they came to hym to haue had aunswere, the whiche was not made nor any counsell came to him in all that time. Howbeit they wold delay the tyme no longer, but sayd they, brynge in your aunswere this daye, or els ye shall be put from it, so he perceiued that if it were not brought in that nyght, he should haue bene condempned without answere. So then with much ado he gate the aduocate to helpe him in ordring of answer, but it was lōg or he came, so that it was past viii. of the clock of Christmas euen before his aunswere were deliuered to the procurour generall. And then after as the time serued at the dayes appointed, went furth with replication duplick with other answeres eche to other in wryting what they could in answering to the Emperours ordinaunces, and at suche tymes as the cōmissioners came to Pointz, that traytour Philippes MarginaliaPhilipes betrayer ofTyndall. accompanied them to the dore in followyng the proces against him, as he also did against maister Tyndall, as they who had Pointz in keping, shewed him. the processe beyng ended as thorder is there, eyther partie deliuered vp to the cōmissioners a bag with his processe in wryting and toke an inuitorie of euery parcell of wryting that was within the bag, so it rested in their handes, but vpon sentence Pointz required in the tyme of processe that he might put in suertie and to be at libertie. The which they graunted hym at the first time, but afterwardes they denied to take suertie for his bodie & then he sent a post from the town of Bruxels to Andwarpe to the Englishe marchauntes, thinking they would not let him haue sticke for lacke of their helpe in putting in suerties for him, cōsydring the cause with the circumstance. And for that thei put hym therto them selfes, although they hadde made hym no promyse for his charges & paynes taken (as Poyntz reporteth of them, that they did in deede) the whiche as yet he hath to make it apere 
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This is a hint that Thomas Poyntz himself may have been Foxe's source. Poyntz died in 1562.

. But to passe ouer this and to make the matter short, if the forsayde marchaunces, suche as were of the towne of Andwarpe had at þt time bene suertie for hym, thē the matter had bene altered from crime to Ciuill, but when Pointz had deliuered to thē his answere, they demaunded of him for his charges mony or suerties 
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In other words, the Imperial authorities refused to release Poyntz until he paid the expenses of his stay in prison as well as his bond )or sureties).

, the charges was muche to recken for the two officers, meate & drynke and wages, besyde his owne charges. So as it was about fiue shillinges euery daye. For all the whyle he was prysoner, he was not in a cōmon prison, but in the keping of two officers in one of their houses. So they demaunded suerties to be brought within viii. dayes for the charges, but then they denied him to take suertie for his body, to make aunswere at libertie, Pointz considering that they altered in their purposes aswell by more as in that: and perceiued by other thynges as also it was told in secret, it would haue cost him his life if he had taried, yet Pointz graunted thē to put in suerties, requiring of them to haue a messenger to sende, not for that he rekened to haue any, but to make dilatorie, or els they would haue sent him to a stronger pryson, but Pointz dilayed thē, thinkyng if he could to make a scape. Yet he did make a good face, as though he rekened to haue bene in no daunger, whiche if he hadd not so done, it was very vnlike he should haue escaped with his life out of their handes. And at the viii. day the commissioners came again to Pointz, & there receiued bothe their bagges with þe proces, one of the Procurour general, & one of Pointz, deliuering eyther of them an inuitorie of suche peces of wryting as were deliuered in the bagges, & demaunded suerties of Pointz, according to the roder they toke when they were last with him. Pointz alledged that he had diuers times required them which had hym in keping to get him a messenger, as he also had done, but made no great haste to haue any, for he rekened it should be a sufficient delatorie, wherby to haue another day. And with much alledging of thimpossibilitie for that he could get no messenger to sende forthe, at the last, they put hym aparte, and agreed to geue hym a daye viii. dayes after and called him in againe, and commaūded the officer to get him one as they did. And so Pointz sent him with letters to thenglyshe marchauntes, the which at that tyme were at Barrowe. How be it, he reckenid to proue to gett awaye before the retourne agayne of the messenger. For he perceiued his tarying there shoulde haue bene his death. And therfore to put in a vēture to get a way, and so he might saue hym selfe, for if he had bene taken it would haue bene but death, if he hadde bene prysoner there in their handes

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