The Holinshed Project

Holinshed Project Home

The Texts

Previous | Next

Compare 1577 edition: 1 First giuing him most hartie thanks for his ser|mon and good exhortation, he therein rehearsed such speciall things as he had noted, and that so manie, that the bishop said;

Trulie, trulie (for that was com|monlie his oth) I could neuer haue thought that ex|cellencie to haue béene in his grace, that I beh [...]ld and saw in him. At the last, the kings maiestie much commended him for his exhortation for the reliefe of the poore.A most noble and vertu [...]us saieng of king Edward to bishop Ridleie. But my lord (saith he) ye willed such as are in authoritie to be carefull therof, and to deuise some good order for their reliefe, wherein I thinke you meane me, for I am in highest place, and therefore am the first that must make answere vnto God for my negligence, if I should not be carefull therein, knowing it to be the expresse commandement of al|mightie God, to haue compassion of his poore and néedie members, for whome we must make an ac|compt vnto him. And trulie my lord, I am before all things most willing to trauell that waie, and I EEBO page image 1082 doubt nothing of your long and approued wisedome and learning, who hauing such good zeale as wisheth h [...]lpe vnto them, but that also you haue had some conference with others, what waies are best to be ta|ken therein, the which I am desirous to vnderstand, and therefore I praie you saie your mind.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The bishop thinking least of that matter, and be|ing amazed to heare the wisdome and earnest zeale of the king, was (as he said himselfe) so astonied, that he could not well tell what to saie: but after some pause, said that as he thought at this present for some entrance to be had, it were good to practise with the citie of London, bicause the number of the poore there are verie great,The citizens of London mooued to be assistants in this charita|ble action. & the citizens are manie & also wise; and he doubted not but they were also both pi|tifull & mercifull, as the maior & his brethren, & other the worshipfull of the said citie. And that if it would please the kings maiestie to direct his gratious let|ter vnto the maior of London, willing him to call vnto him such assistants as he should thinke méet, to consult of this matter, for some order to be taken therein, he doubted not but good should follow there|of. And he himselfe promised the king to be one him|selfe that should earnestlie trauell therein.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 The king forthwith not onelie granted his letter, but made the bishop tarie vntill the same was writ|ten, and his hand and signet set therevnto, and com|manded the bishop not onelie to deliuer the said let|ter himselfe, but also to signifie vnto the maior, that it was the kings speciall request and expresse com|mandement, that the maior should therein trauell, and as soone as he might conuenientlie giue him knowledge how farre he had proceeded therein. The bishop was so ioious of the hauing of this letter, and that he had now an occasion to trauell in that good matter, wherein he was maruellous zealous, that nothing could more haue pleased and delighted him: wherefore the same night he came to the maior of London, who then was sir Richard Dobs knight, and deliuered the kings letter, and shewed his mes|sage with effect.

Previous | Next