Hugh Laverick And John Aprice

Here we perceive that neither the impotence of age nor the affliction of

blindness, could turn aside the murdering fangs of these Babylonish

monsters. The first of these unfortunates was of the parish of Barking,

aged sixty-eight, a painter and a cripple. The other was blind,--dark

indeed in his visual faculties, but intellectually illuminated with the

radiance of the everlasting gospel of truth. Inoffensive objects like

these were informed against by some of the sons of bigotry, and dragged

before the prelatical shark of London, where they underwent examination,

and replied to the articles propounded to them, as other christian

martyrs had done before. On the 9th of May, in the consistory of St.

Paul's, they were entreated to recant, and upon refusal, were sent to

Fulham, where Bonner, by way of a dessert after dinner, condemned them

to the agonies of the fire. Being consigned to the secular officers, May

15, 1556, they were taken in a cart from Newgate to Stratford-le-Bow,

where they were fastened to the stake. When Hugh Laverick was secured by

the chain, having no farther occasion for his crutch, he threw it away

saying to his fellow-martyr, while consoling him, "Be of good cheer my

brother; for my lord of London is our good physician; he will heal us

both shortly--thee of thy blindness, and me of my lameness." They sank

down in the fire, to rise to immortality!

The day after the above martyrdoms, Catharine Hut, of Bocking, widow;

Joan Horns, spinster, of Billericay; Elizabeth Thackwel, spinster, of

Great Burstead; suffered death in Smithfield.

Thomas Dowry. We have again to record an act of unpitying cruelty,

exercised on this lad, whom bishop Hooper, had confirmed in the Lord and

the knowledge of his word.

How long this poor sufferer remained in prison is uncertain. By the

testimony of one John Paylor, register of Gloucester, we learn, that

when Dowry was brought before Dr. Williams, then chancellor of

Gloucester, the usual articles were presented him for subscription. From

these he dissented; and, upon the doctor's demanding of whom and where

he had learned his heresies, the youth replied, "Indeed, Mr.

Chancellor, I learned from you in that very pulpit. On such a day

(naming the day) you said, in preaching upon the sacrament, that it was

to be exercised spiritually by faith, and not carnally and really, as

taught by the papists." Dr. Williams then bid him recant, as he had

done; but Dowry had not so learned his duty. "Though you," said he, "can

so easily mock God, the world, and your own conscience, yet will I not

do so."

After the death of the above, the following three persons suffered at

Beccles, in Suffolk, May 21, 1556. Thomas Spicer, of Winston, labourer;

John Denny, and Edmund Poole.

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