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The firft news of the aboliftiing the Popes iupremacy was as profperous as welcome to the Reformers ; and divers joyned A 4 v themlelve^ The Life of M after John Fox, thcmfclvesto'themoutof love to the truth, being further allured of the Kings intentions, by the punifhment taken on fome of the contrary part, and efpecially when the Abbies.

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Thus long I have forborne, till being in equall danger, of the offence that may be taken, by the adverle party, and thole thatdefired his Story, Ichole at length to iatisfie their mindes, who not without Fome vehemence requefted it of me. :) #v THE LIFE OF M f H-&C FOX e mm*% o HN FOX was borne in Bo(lon,an ancient town in the County f||^|3$ of Lincoln, An. While he was very young,his Father dying,and his Mother be ing marryed again, he came into the Tutelage of his Father in Law,with whom he dwelt during his childheod.-which he had fcarfe paf Ted over, when his friends well approving his good inclination, and towardnefle to learning, fent him to fludy at oxford.

At whofe importunity, I have contented to fet forth this Book, written at firft, to no other intent, then to pre- fer ve by me the image of my Fathers life ; and now, in ib confirmed a farne of him, rather thought neceffary by others, then £o judged by mf felf. The firft nurfe cf his more ferious Studies, was Sr/fen-nofe Colledgc, Where he Was Cham- ber-fellow with Doctor Novell fo famous a man in this Citie afterward , and Dean of Fouls .• That no great raarveil it was, if their manners were fo like in the courfe of theh Tives, whofe education, and nurture in Youth was the fame.

- - - FROM THE PERSONAL LIBRARY OF JAMES BUELL MUNN 1890- 1967 l£L BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY .*w '..i SSk- ..-? And divers other things incident to this Realme of England and icnt'iwd. But when I perceived, that Ibme who were meer ft rangers to him, and utterly ignorant of his conversation,, had taken up- on them , to write his life ; of which they could learn nothing, but by hear- fay es, and flying reports; whereby it fell out, that many of his actions were am- plifiedabove the truth; many things otherwife related then performed ; and much paffed over 3 that came not to their knowledge; having my felf when I was a young' man, been alwayes converlant with him in his latter | da yes, and when I was abfent from him, had better in- telligence of any remarkable paffage in his life; I thought it but my duty, to prefer ve his memory front wrong; and if I could adde nothing to it, at leaft to A j place ■I To the Header. Neither feared I, but that I fhould be able, to juftine this to the Readers, that being his Son I published my Fathers life, though in refpeft of my nearnefle to him, Imaybefufpecled.

^-v' Containing the JEls and Monuments l^'fft*^ MARTYRS: With the Perfccutions ftirred up by Ro- miih Prelates in the C h u r c h. TO THE USADE^ •Aving been often, and earneftly requeued by many; to gratifie poflerity, vvit H the Hiftory of my Fathers life, which I, had written above thirty yeers fihce ; and rinding , that no new matter had fain out, for which (though I were filent) Ifhould'diftruft the judgement of after ages , concerning a man fo well known; but that many things to this purpofe neceffary 5 were now out of my power, by the death of thofe, up- on whofe teftimony, the truth of each particular depen- ded ; I made no quel Uon, but both eafily withall men, to finde pardon for my firft refufitll ; and if (till I mould continue in the fame minde, as eafily to keep my felf in the right I have to ufe my liberty herein.

Upon this beginning his resolution, and intended obedience to that Church, were fomewhat fhaken, and by little and little followed fome diflike to the reft.

His firft care was to look into both the ancient, and modern Hiftory of the Church: to learn what beginning it had: what growth, and increafe; by what arts it flourifbed, and by whaterrours it began to decline ; to confider the caufes of all thofe controverfies which in the mean fpace had fj rung up, and to weigh diligently of what moment they were, and what on either fide was produced' found, or infirm.

In the Univerfities, and Schooles there was yet no open change, or innovation : I know not whether through fear, or that they would not be followers.

This was the eftate of the Church affairs, when Matter Fox began attentively to feek into the fubftance of the controverfie, then in agitation.

Neer to the Colledge was a grove, wherein for the pleafantneffe of the place,, the Students took delight to walk, and fpend fome idle houres for their recreation.

This place,-and the dead time of the night 5 had Mafter Fox chofen, with the horror of folicude, and darknefie, to confirm his minde ; which as a fouldier trembled at the guilt of a new imagi- nation.

He found the contention to have been of great antiquity, and no age to have been free from fome debate in the Church.

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