The Rev Robert Samuel

This gentleman was minister of Bradford, Suffolk, where he industriously

taught the flock committed to his charge, while he was openly permitted

to discharge his duty. He was first persecuted by Mr. Foster, of

Copdock, near Ipswich, a severe and bigoted persecutor of the followers

of Christ, according to the truth in the Gospel. Notwithstanding Mr.

Samuel was ejected from his living, he continued to exhort and instruct

privately; nor would he obey the order for putting away his wife, whom

he had married in king Edward's reign; but kept her at Ipswich, where

Foster, by warrant, surprised him by night with her. After being

imprisoned in Ipswich jail, he was taken before Dr. Hopton, bishop of

Norwich, and Dr. Dunnings, his chancellor, two of the most sanguinary

among the bigots of those days. To intimidate the worthy pastor, he was

in prison chained to a post in such a manner that the weight of his body

was supported by the points of his toes: added to this his allowance of

provision was reduced to a quantity so insufficient to sustain nature,

that he was almost ready to devour his own flesh. From this dreadful

extremity there was even a degree of mercy in ordering him to the fire.

Mr. Samuel suffered August 31, 1555.

William Allen, a labouring servant to Mr. Houghton of Somerton suffered

not long after Mr. Samuel, at Walsingham.

Roger Coo, was an aged man, and brought before the bishop of Norwich for

contumacy, by whom he was condemned Aug. 12, 1555, and suffered in the

following month at Yoxford, in Suffolk.

Thomas Cobb, was a butcher at Haverhill, and condemned by Dunnings, the

furious chancellor of Norwich. Mr. Cobb suffered at Thetford, Sept.