W Coker W Hooper H Laurence R Colliar R Wright And W Stere





These persons all of Kent, were examined at the same time with Mr. Bland

and Shetterden, by Thornton, bishop of Dover, Dr. Harpsfield, and

others. These six martyrs and witnesses of the truth were consigned to

the flames in Canterbury, at the end of August, 1555.



Elizabeth Warne, widow of John Warne, upholsterer, martyr, was burnt at

Stratford-le-bow, near London, at the end of August, 1555.



George Tankerfield, of London, cook, born at York, aged 27, in the reign

of Edward VI. had been a papist; but the cruelty of bloody Mary made him

suspect the truth of those doctrines which were enforced by fire and

torture. Tankerfield was imprisoned in Newgate about the end of

February, 1555, and on Aug. 26, at St. Alban's, he braved the

excruciating fire, and joyfully died for the glory of his Redeemer.



Rev. Robert Smith was first in the service of Sir T. Smith, provost of

Eton; and was afterward removed to Windsor, where he had a clerkship of

ten pounds a year.



He was condemned, July 12, 1555, and suffered Aug. 8, at Uxbridge. He

doubted not but that God would give the spectators some token in support

of his own cause; this actually happened; for, when he was nearly half

burnt, and supposed to be dead, he suddenly rose up, moved the remaining

parts of his arms and praised God; then, hanging over the fire, he

sweetly slept in the Lord Jesus.



Mr. Stephen Harwood and Mr. Thomas Fust suffered about the same time

with Smith and Tankerfield, with whom they were condemned. Mr. William

Hale, also, of Thorp, in Essex, was sent to Barnet, where about the same

time he joined the ever-blessed company of Martyrs.



George King, Thomas Leyes, and John Wade, falling sick in Lollard's

Tower, were removed to different houses, and died. Their bodies were

thrown out in the common fields as unworthy of burial, and lay till the

faithful conveyed them away by night.



Joan Lashford, daughter-in-law of John and Elizabeth Warne, martyr, was

the last of the ten condemned before alluded to; her martyrdom took

place in 1556, of which we shall speak in its date.



Mr. William Andrew of Horseley, Essex, was imprisoned in Newgate for

heresy; but God chose to call him to himself by the severe treatment he

endured in Newgate, and thus to mock the sanguinary expectations of his

Catholic persecutors. His body was thrown into the open air, but his

soul was received into the everlasting mansions of his heavenly Creator.





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