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A LETTER FROM KING EDWARD APPOINTING MARTIN BUCER
To our trusty and Welbeloved the
Vice Chauncelor and the Regentes and
Non regentes of our Universitie at Cambridge.
Trusty and wellbeloved Wee greete you well. Letting you to wit, that forasmuch as we be creadibly enformed of your good conformity to all such ordre as wee of late by our Visitors directed unto you, and of your industry and diligent study whiche you daily take to attayne to all kyndes of good lerning, and specially hearing of your good zeale and affection to goddes mooste holly wourde, not only to understande the tounges, wherein the same was written, whereby you may come to the true and syncere sense and meanyng of the same, but also in your lyvinges to conforme your selfes therunto, and as it were to transforme your selfes into the manner and shappe of goddes wourde, that you may be lightes to shyne to our whole Realme, Wee cannot but muche rejoyse to heare this good repute of you, knowing that our two Universities being the wells and fountaynes of religion within our Realme, And to thintent that your godly endevours and studyes may have the more successe and for the love that we beare to that our university Wee having at this present within our Realme MARTEN BUCER a man of profounde lernyng and of godly life and conversation have thought good by thadvise of our trusty and welbeloved Counsaillours to bestowe hym upon you, to reade the lecture of holly scripture which DoCTOR MADEWE lately redde, to the greate comforte and erudition of all such as be godly and queyetly bent to the pure understanding of holly scripture. Wherefore wee pray you and requyre you, and nevertheless commaunde you so to entertayne and use hym with all gentilnes and humanitie that he be at no tyme discouraged in his godly doinges, but rather comforted and encouraged to per
sever in the same as ye tendre our pleasure, and your owne com
Yeven at our Palais at Westmin. the iiiith of December, the thirde yere of our reign.
W. SAINTJOHN. THOMAS ELIENS.
A LETTER FROM WALTER HADDON REQUESTING DR. PARKER TO PRESENT BUCER FOR HIS DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF DIVINITY.
D. BUCERUM in ordinem vestrum cooptavimus. Nihil illi præter admissionem deest, in qua Doc. Theologicum inesse oportet, qui illum (ut scis) mihi et Academiæ commendet. Hoc abs te fieri aptissime posse arbitror, nec opus est, ut, cur ita sentiam, afferam, cum nec ipse dissentias, nisi vehementer fallor, nec causas ignores. Si non vis, aut non potes, non postulo, si vis, et si commode licet, huc ad nos queso paulisper ut INAUGURATI BUCERI laudem iis arripias, et senex olim commemorare possis. Immo, inquis, non tanti est, si non est taceo, quod si esse putas cras aut postcrasdie te expectabo. Nullus est Theologus præter Redmannum, et ille cubat. Vale op. et mi Parkere,
Tuus ad omnia
* ASSENSUM EST is the writing of Archbishop Parker.
A LETTER FROM THE UNIVERSITY TO KING EDWARD ANNOUNCING THE DEATH OF BUCER.
Excellentissimo Principi Edwardo Sexto
Ex universis beneficiis tuis, Serenissime Rex, quibus Academiam Cantabrigiensem exornasti, Nullum unquam fuit ad augendam Dei gloriam majus, ad asserendam Evangelii veritatem efficatius, ad illustrandam nominis tui famam clarius, ad nostram, immo totius regni commoditatem uberius et fructuosius, quam quod D. MARTINO BUCERO incomparabili virtute et doctrina viro singulare munus apud nos docendi et profitendi Sacram Theologiam delegasti. Ex cujus vita et voce quantum ceperimus utilitatis, quantum honestissimæ voluptatis, is dolor luctusque noster, quem nunc ex ejus morte et decessu sentimus, abunde declarat. Nam cum egregium preceptorem nostrum abiise, totam Theologiæ Scholam conticessere, Sacras disputationes tanto viro orbatas et penè mortuas esse videmus: D. M. BUCERO clarissimo Accademiæ lumine jam extincto: En omnes nos Alumni tui Cantabrigienses, CLARISSIME PRINCEPS, in maximo merore squaloreque jacemus.
En supplices Universi ad pedes tuos fusi, opem auxiliumque a serenitate tua, in hoc acerbissimo casu et tristissima calamitate nostra petimus. Tum autem propter magnum amorem nostrum in excellentissimum virum D. Bucerum, optimam ejus uxorem, liberos, et totam doctissimi hominis familiam Majestati tuæ commendamus. Huic, egregio pratrefamilias orbatæ, liberalitatis tuæ munificentiam: Accademiæ, eruditissimo doctore destitutæ, Prudentiæ tuæ subsidium, prostrati coram serenitate tua poscimus, et efflagitamus. Dnus Jesus Matem tuam Imperio
majorem, doctrina et virtute maximam, indies semper efficiat. Cantabrigiæ e frequenti senatu nostro quarto Martii.
MATI TUÆ DEDITISSIMI SCHOLASTICI
Primo die Martii hujus anni 1551 obiit Cantabrigiæ Martinus Bucer et sepultus in choro Btæ Mariæ magnæ.
DECLARATIONS BI THE VICECHANCELLOR OF THUNIVERSITIE OF CAMBRIGE OF THE BEHAVIOUR OF ONE WILL PALLET DEPUTED PURVEYOR FOR THE KINGES MATIES. PROVISION OF PULTRY ETC.
FIRST the said Pallet useth hymself so extremely in wordes among the Kinges pore subjectes in the taking of his provision within the towne and university of Cambrige that he caused one daye a gret nombre of them to make open proclamations upon hym bifore the vicechancellor who pacified the said people and furder ayded the said Pallet in execution of his commyssion.
Item when in his commission he is charged not otherwise to make provision but according to the Kinges statutes in that behalf (wherupon the Vicechancellor required to see what prices wer apoynted hym or elles to be rated according to the statute bi the constable or iiii honest men) the said pulter refused so to do or to declare but toke all things of his own pryce and rate.
Item when it was proved before his face in presence of Mr. Vicechancellor and his assistants that he bought under color of his commission more than he sent up, as proof was brought of a phesant, of plovers or larkes sold bi hym to dyverse men of the towne and of the county as taken up before in the Kinges name and was charged therwith he answered that partly he was commanded to gratify som certen freendes and affirmed openly bi an othe that except in his office he might do his frendes pleasure he
wold not serve the Kinge in such office and furder alleged that his office was suche to hym that he wold gyve eny man xx nobles to deliver hym thereof.
Item when the Vicechancellor required hym to use his commyssion discretly and not to exasperate the people and furder desiered him that when he had ful passage in all the country about the towne for his provision that he wold spare the market except he cowd see eny phesant or other suche dishe which wer mete for the Kinges table the said Pallet was so evilcontent with such lyke wordes that he did contemptuously cast his commission to the said Vicechancellor and commanded hym to go and to serve the commyssion hymself and furder made false certificate up to his master Mr. Gurleye that the Vicechancellor shuld saye that he wolde be sued before the King and that he cowd not be suffered within the market which slaunderous reportes and diverse other more the said Pallet was not able to justifie or bring eny proof of in the presence of the son of the said Gurley who was sent down purposely from the court to inquyre howe he was used in the said universitie and [by] the officers thereof, at which tyme being before the said Vicechancellor and his assistantes the said Pallet unfittingly ther commaunded a Justice of Peace of the universitie to go and provide hym hys horse for his carriage when he knewe the Mayors officers alway redy to procure hym suche horses, and moreover to bring the said officers in displeasure wilfully ceased one holl daye of his provision and sent none up, as surmytting that he was stopped bi the officers of thunyversitie when in deed he was all that daye braggynge at tavernes and alehouses in the towne in thretting that he wolde shortly procure some officers and Justyces of the universitie to be set in the marcyalsee.
D. Sandes Vicecancellario
3. marcii a° 1552.