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BOOK ita magni facerem, quin plus doloris ex eo caperem, quod

_ tantum onus munusque illi bonorum hosti concreditum vi

derim : cujus animum nec pax illius reipublicæ, nec salus illius populi unquam occuparet. Sæpe esuriens vulpes somnum simulat; et Malachias fame episcopatus laborans, professor veritatis factus est. Sepulchrum, quamvis dealbatur, sepulchrum est, vetusque et senex Papista, licet plurimum veritatis verbo testetur, Papista est. Hoc propterea non scripsi, quod dubitem de tui Honoris benevolentia, aut de retinendo episcopatum mihi a Regina concessum; sed quia tacere non potui, id me meæ patriæ debere putans, omnibus modis eniti, nè hujusmodi impostores in eo gradu collocentur, unde nostra res publica detrimentum capere possit. Deus abundet te honoribus. Amen. Ex meo musæo in Magdalensi collegio Cantabrigiæ, 24. Octobris, anno Dom. 1572. Tui Honoris dedicatissimus, Mauritius Obrien,

electus Episcopus de Killalowe.

me.

Number LXXXVIII.
Malachias the Irish Bishop's submission to the Queen's

Privy-Council.
Illustrissimis Dominis, Regiæ Majestatis Consiliariis, Ma-

lachias,quondam Ardachaden. Episcopus Hibernus, P.D.S. MSS. penes CONFITEOR me, ante actam vitam meam, Papisticis

superstitionibus, ex ignorantia potius quam ex malitia inhærendo, male transegisse. Cujus facti me serio poenitet. Cum autem vitam (Deo max. opt. suam gratiam condonante) emendare cupio, precor veniam ; immo quia ovem perditam invenistis, gratias agite, filiumque prodigum redeuntem, suscipite obviis ulnis. Me proinde nostræ serenissimæ ac semper invictissimæ Reginæ gratiæ submitto, ac etiam polliceor, et per sancta Dei Evangelia juro, quod ab hac hora usque ad mortem, inclusive, ero illi fidelis et obediens; neque ero in consilio, aut facto, vel tractatu, in quibus contra ipsam, vel ejus fideles subditos aliqua sinistra, aut præjudicialia personarum, juris, honoris, status, vel po

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testatis eorum machinentur. Et si talia a quibusdam trac- BOOK
tari cognovero, vel procurari, impediam. Hoc pro posse, et
quantocius potero, significabo suæ Majestatis in Hibernia
deputato, vel alteri, per quem ad ipsius notitiam possit per-
venire. Decreta, ordinationes, statuta, sententias, et man-
data illius (et præcipue in his quæ ad religionem spectant,
cujus articulis subscripsi, et quoties opus erit subscribam)
observabo, et ab aliis totis viribus observari faciam. Con-
silium quoque quod sua Majestas, vel ejus deputatus in
Hibernia mihi credituri sunt, per se, aut per nuncios, aut
literas ad ipsorum damnum, nemini pandam. Et (ut bre-
vibus absolvam) non erit mihi molestus ullus labor, quo
illius desiderio, etiam minimo, satisfacere potero, et sic fæli-
citer valete. Ex Marseolsey, 28 Februarii, 1572.

Vester Servulus,
Malachias, qui supra.

me.

Number LXXXIX.

145 Archbishop Parker's letter to the Lord Treasurer Burgh

ley, concerning some books he sent him; and particularly his Antiquitates Britannicæ.

SIR, Ther cam to my honde a treatise wrytten bi Ger- MSS. penes vasius Tilberiensis, who was somtyme Threasorer of the "e. Exchequyr; and while I dowted whether your Lordship had sene the sayd boke or no, I thoughte it not onmete for your office, to cause it to be copyed, and sent to your Honor. I have joyned therunto (which I am suer ye have not seen) a description of the countye of Kent, wrytten and laboured bi an honest and wel learned observer of tymes and historyes: which he sent to me to peruse, to correct, and amend, and so to be under the reformation of some, whom he judgeth to be conversant in historyes; not meanyng to put it abrode, tyl yt had suffered the hamber of some of his frendes jugements, and then at further deliberation peraventure to set it forth. Which boke, although I have no commyssion to communicate it, I referre it eyther to shewe you, as I thinke

BOOK ye be not onwilling in such knowlegis to be partaker; and IV.

thus present it to your correction and amendment, when your leyser can serve you. In the meane tyme I praye your Lordship to kepe it to your self. As I have made this author a juge of some of my small travels, wherof I send you this one bound, by my man. I am not mynded to suffer them abrode in this quarelous and envious world. I thinke the rather we both used this foresight to suppress our laubors in nonum annum, as Horace counsayleth, rather then to suffer an undigested and tumultuouse collection to be gazed on of many folkes. Indeede because neyther my helthe nor my quiet wold suffer me to be a common preacher, yet I thought it not onfyt for me to be otherwyse occupied in some poyntes of religion. For my meanyng was bi this my pore collection, thus caused to be prynted, (and yet reserved to my self,) to note at what tyme Augustyne, my first predecessour, cam into this land, what religion he brought in with hym, and how it contynued, how it was fortified and increased. Which by most of my predecessours may appeare, as I coud gather of such rare and wrytten authors that cam to my hondes; untyl the dayes of King Henry the VIIIth, when the religion began to grow better, and more agreable to the Gospel. You maye note many vanities in my doinges; but I thought it not agaynst my profession to express my tymes, and gyve som testimonyes to my fellowe-brothers, of such of my coat as were in place in her Majesties reigne, and when I was thus placed. And though ye maye rightly blame an ambitiouse fantasye for setting out our churches armes in colors, yet ye maye relinquyshe the leaffe, and cast it into the fier; as I have joyned it but lose in the boke for that purpose, yf you so thinke it mete, and as ye maye, yf it so please you, (without gret gryef to me,) cast the whole boke the same waye. Which boke I have not govyn to ïiïi men in the whole realme, and peraventure shal never com to sight abroade, though som men smelling of the prynting of it, seame to be very desirouse cravers of the same. I am content to referre it wholly to your jugement, to stond or to

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fall. To kepe it by me I yet purpose whiles I lyve, to adde BOOK and to amend as occasion shal serve me, or utterly to suppress it, and to bren it. And thus making your Lordship pryvye to my folyes, and for that I have within my house in wagis, drawers and cutters, paynters, lymmers, wryters, and boke-bynders; I was the bolder to take myn occasion thus, equitare in arundine longa. So spending my wastful tyme within myn own wallys, tyl Almighti God shal cal me out of this tabernacle, which I pray God may be to his glory, and my soule helthe, I saye, ut obdormiam in Domino, et requiescam in pace, in spe resurrectionis cum Christo Servatore meo. Which I beseche Almighti God to send to her Majestie, after this transitory travel, post longitudinem dierum, as I wyshe the same to your Honor, as for my selfe.

Hir Highnes is justly offended with this dissolute wryt- 146 ing, and entendeth a reformation. Which, if it be not ernestly laubored on your parties, which be supreme jugis, long ago called on, I feare ye shal finde Muncer's commonwelthe attempted shortly, it must nedes followe, wherof Sleydan wryteth in his history. If the lawe of the land be Lib. 5. rejected, yf the Quenys Majesties injunctions, yf hir chapel, yf hir authorytie be so neglected; yf our boke of servyce be so abominable, and such paradoxes applauded too, God send us of his grace; I feare our wytts be infatuated. Deus in plenitudine temporis supplicium sumat. I have forgotten my self to wright thus long to your Honor. God kepe youe, this xiiiith of Maye.

Your Honors in Christ,

Matth. Cant. Yf these bokes had ben soner fynished, your Honor shuld have had them soner.

lected;

applaudte infatuat

Number XC.

147 The life of Archbishop Parker, found in some few copies of the book De Antiquitate Britannicâ; intitled Matthæus.

IN vulgus sine morâ enuntiata, per omnium ora, celeberrimè frequentissimeque volavit Reginæ Mariæ et Regi

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BOOK naldi Poli eâdem pæne horâ congruens atque concurrens,

mors, quæ nono postea die Romam ipsam suâ celeritate pervenit; pontificiosque de se ac Romanâ superstitione, tam perplexos ac ancipites fecit, ut penitùs ignorarent, quibus crederent, quos caverent. Itaque in Angliâ, ne convenire quidem tutè poterant, sine suspicione et observatione populi. Hoc, Maria regnante, antè effecit, et pontificiorum in veros Christianos immanitas, et Christi martyrum per illos accensa atque flammata strages, quæ permultis ipsius Romanæ superstitionis cultoribus, nec pia, nec humana visa est. Eoque magis, quod in exilium actis, ac proscriptis, vel flamma de. letis, Christianam fidem sequentibus, fide verò infirmis, similis pænæ metu coërcitis, exterorum, seu Hispanorum, seu Belgarum incursio et dominatio, nuptiis inter Philippum et Mariam, (ut antè diximus) constitutis, annuentibus pontificiis, introducta esset.

Deinde Regina Elizabetha, post Mariæ sororis suæ, non tamen uterinæ, mortem, omnium desideriis ad regnum administrandum expetita, pontificiorum diu antè vexata carceribus custodiaque publicà, quasi rea, servata, jam tandem liberata, tantum periculum evasit. Bellumque, quod fractis quinque annorum induciis inter Hispanos et Gallos renovatum est, ob prædictas nuptias Angliam perturbavit, quæ, pontificiis suadentibus, sine causâ se immiscuit, et cum Hispanis contra Gallos se junxit. Unde et Caletum, pontificiorum seu ignavia, seu versutiâ amissum est. Sed cum pax satis æquis conditionibus esset ineunda, ac Philippus suas in bello amissas urbes pactionibus recuperâsset, Caletum restitutum non fuit. Tum verò grandis ad hoc infaustum bellum, à plebe accepta mutùo, pecunia reddita non fuit. Ob quas tam paucis annis illatas regno calamitates, pontificii, qui omnia sub Regina Maria gerebant malè administratæ, atque adeo expilatæ reip. tacito populi judicio, rei censebantur.

Adhæc Paulus Quartus, Pontifex Romanus in hoc bello Gallicarum partium fuit, qui contra Hispanos et Reginaldum capitales diu inimicitias gessisset ; Angliamque quæ forte Hispanorum potestati cesserat, sub Gallorum jugo, titulo Mariæ Stuart Scotorum Reginæ, redigere nitebatur.

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