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after none to cary them backe to his mistris, hee that so sawe them declared so much to the commissioners at diner time. Wherupon they gaue very straight commaundement that the thinge should be kept close, and straighte wait laid, to whome any seruant of his shoulde deliuer any letters: And that attachinge þe same there should be brought to them. Whereupō one Fraunces Hall esquier a man of greate wisdome, godlines, and temperance, hearinge what was saide, and nothinge distrusted of þe commissioners, pretended a sodain qualme to come ouer his stomock, & rising from the table spedely told mistreis Brooke what had happened. Wherupon with all spede shee writt so many other letters with like directions, but with far vnlike contents. for vnto the Lorde Cromewell she highly aduaunced the honors wisdomes & iustice which she knew to abound in the honorable commissioners, doubtinge neuertheles she saide only the maliciousnes of her housbandes enemies and there vntrew accusations and therewith the weakenes of her housbands body, gretly subiect to siknes when it was best cherished, wherefore though she assuredly knew her housband shuld haue at ther honors true Iustice and equity, so as she wuld not wish any other in all England to be commissioners in ther places, yet she most humbly besought his lordeship to write his fauorable letters vnto them, to this end that in respect of his weakenes and infirmity, hee mighte haue iustice with asmuch expedicion as conueniently might be. And in the time to let him haue somewhat more liberty, and open aire. And in the other letters to her frendes she wrote like honor of the said commissioners and also desyred them to craue his lordships letters to like effect. these letters closed and deliuered as the first were, were straight way ceased vpon and brought to the commissioners, who immediatly sent for her, and the whilest openinge the letter, and vnderstandinge the effecte they were in there mindes well pleased with her, and therfore when she fell on her knees before them, and besought there honors to be good vnto her housband, and to forgeue her in that she had presumed to write in his behalfe which she saide was but her bounden duety: They thinkinge thereby to haue comforted her well had her neuer take thought for him, hee was a noughty fellow, saing they would them selfes bestow her much better, and the rather for her fathers sake, whome they knew righte well a man of good seruice whome the kinge fauored well. So she departed from them, and the next day about thre of the clocke at after none, she sent one William Manton vnto a house without the gates, where he kept him self close til a mariner apointed for that purpose, cald him vp at midnight, and takinge him only into theship, through godds goodnes, set him on land in the morninge before day, who with spede reparinge to the lord Cromewel, made discourse of the hole state of his master and the other honest men. Whereupon the saide Lorde Cromewell partely vnderstandinge that they ment little goodnes to him self, and willinge not to fall into there hands, wrote spedely his letters vnto the commissioners, declarynge the kings maiesties pleasure and commaundement was that the arrant traitor and hereticke Brooke with a dosen or. xx. complices, shuld with ther accusers be imediatly sent ouer, that here in englande they might receue there iudgement and there at Callis to the great terrour of like offenders hereafter suffer accordinge to theire demerites. Now by the time that the saide commissioners had receued these letters, they had made out preceptes for. viii. or. ix. score honest men more to be cast in prisō: But these letters so appalled them, that they stayd and afterward sent no more to warde. But makinge then as dilligent inquisition as was possible to haue founde some worthy matter againste those before named, wherby there might haue bin some coulor or shew, both of the councells greuous complaintes, & of the commissioners rigorus delinge, when no such thinge coulde fal out, bycause thei wuld be assured that they should not goo vnpunished, they first banished them the toun and marches of Callis, with a Trompet blown vnder paine of death, for a hūdred yere & a day (if that one day had bin left out all had bin marde) and then sent backe to prison stainge them there vpon hope that the Lord Cromewell shoulde come into captiuity soner then he did. But at last to witt on may day, they sent the. xiii. prisoners through the market, the saide Brooke goinge before with irons on his legges, as the chefe captain, the rest folowinge him. ii. and. ii. without irōs vnto the shipbord, and then were they al coupled in irons two and two together, wher bycause they were loth to go vnder hatches, Sir Iohn Gage with a stafe smote some of them cruely. Whereupon Antony Pickeringe saide vnto him, Sir I beseke you yet be as good vnto vs as you woulde be to your horses or dogges, let vs haue a little aire that we be not smothered yet þe request could not be obtaind but the hatches were put doune close, and they garded & kept with a great company of men, and so sailinge forward by Goddes merciful prouidence were within. xxiiii. houres at ancre before the tower of London but by the way 

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The following anecdote about the scalding beef-broth only appears in the 1563 edition.

thitherward vpon what occasion it was not knowen, whilest the hatch stode open to thentēt one of þe prisoners might do þt nature required, his felow prisoner the whilest for werines lienge vpon his backe and casting his arme ouer his face the kettle with the whot scaldinge befe broth,

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