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fied by other Arguments, he would endeavour to convince them by. Scripture: All this made him look'd upon with an evil Eye, not only for bearing hard upon his Superiors in his Discourse, but be cause, by this means, he discover'd his Thoughts concerning the Errors of the Church of Rome; and made himself suspected for a Heretick, for being wellversed in those good Books, especially the Holy Bible.
The Knight and his Lady, and many others, were indeed by degrees brought into a better Opinion of Mr. Tindall, and his Opinions; and several Persons of Note, and Quality began to affect his Convorfation, and to express a great value for his Person, and Learning: But this did the more provoke thé spight of the furious bigotted Papists; insomuch, that foreseeing a storm ready to fall on himself, and his Friends, and especially his kind Patron, upon his account, he thought it most advisable to retire out of the way for their fakes, as well as his own.
Some time longer he stay'd in England, and Preached both at London, and Bristol. He was in. hopes, by means of Sir Henry Gildford, Comptroler to King Henry the Eighth, to have been accepted as a Chaplain, by. Tanstall then Bishop of London, who was a Person of great Learning, Prudence and Temper, as any that these Times afforded. In order to recommend himself the better to this great Man, he had translated part of Isocrates's Works into English, out of the Greek, a Language little understood, or Studied in England at that time; but he was disappointed in this attempt: Providence had intended him for a Work, that was more for the Glory of God, and the Benefit of the English Church.
However, it pleased God to raise him up a Friend in London, one of great Note, Henry Monmouth, Alderman of that City, who entertained him at his House for Half a Year, and promised him Ten
Pounds in Mony: Afterwards, when Stokejly came to be Bishop, Alderman Monmouth was Perfecuted on pretence of Heresy, and his Liberality to Mr. Tindall was made one Article against him. The Alderman gave this Character of his Guest to the Bishop, that while he was in his House he lived like a good Priest, Studying Night and Day, &c.] He was not deny'd the exercise of his Function, while he stay'd in London ; for the Alderman testified that he heard him Preachi • Two or Three Sermons at St. Dunst
an’s in the West. But he had a great design in his view, which was the Translating the Scriptures into the English Tongue, and he could not hope for any convenience, or Liberty to do this here in England: For both the King, and the Ruling part both of the Church and State, were as yet very zealous Papists. Germany he thought the most proper Country for such a Work. There Martin Luther, and other great Men had made a considerable progress in the Reformationi of Religion; there were several Men wellversed in the Original Tongues, and who were themselves engaged in the same pious labour of Translating the Holy Scriptures. To Germany therefore he goes, and having received the Ten Pounds promised him by Alderman Monmouth; at Hamburg, he Travels up into the Country, and makes himkelf acquainted with Martin Luther, and other Men of Learning, among whom we may dare confidently say Sebastian Munster was one, a Person that was the best Hebraician in all probability of any Christian in the whole World; and who was, about this very tiine, engaged in turning the Hebrew Bible into Latin, Having stay'd so long among these Learned Persons, as he thought necessary in order to qualify himself for this great undertaking, he fits down at Antwerp in the Low-Countries, then subject to Charles V. Emperor of Germany, and King of Spain. Here
was a Factory of English Merchants well-affected to the Reformation, who (be Ture) gave him all necessary encouragement and assistance. From hence he fent over into England several Books Printed at Antwerp, or Hamburgh, as [The Obedience of a Christian Man, ] The Wicked Mamman, &c.] which he wrote during his Travels.
About the Year 1526. he finished his [Translation of the New Testament ] and sent it over to England ready Printed, and never did any Merchandize or Treasure come to our English Shore, more welcome to those of this Nation, who had a mind to be better instructed in things that concern'd their eternal Welfare. But this mightily alarm'd all in Authority, both in Church and State : and even Bishop Tonftall himself was forced to do something toward the suppressing these English Testaments. He was advised to buy up all the remaining Books, by one Packington a fecret Friend to Tindall, and he was willing to take this Advice : Because he hoped by this means to prevent one great occasion of Persecution, which was, the having and reading the English Teftament. So he bought up the Books, and had them Burnt in St. Paul's for he rather chose to Burn Books, than Men for buying and using of them. The Bishop gave a great Price for these Books, which were Faulty; and this Mony coming to Tindall, and his Agents, whose Goods they were, enabled them shortly after to put out a New Edition, more Correct, and of more Copies than the former. Bishop Tonst all took notice of this to Packington, who advised his Lordship (to buy the Stamps 300: Í'He found he had made himself a Jest, and put it off with a Smile, the moft proper conclusion of such a Story.
Sir Thomas More, Lord-Chancellor, having one Constantine; that had been helpful to Mr. Tindall in Printing the New Testament, under Examination;
among other things ask'd him, who had encouraged Mr. Tindall to Publish it. Constantine answer'd, That he knew none but the Bishop of London, who, as is before hinred, undesignedly encouraged him to put out a second Edition, by buying up so great a part of the first.
Next, he makes an essay on the Old Testament by Tranllating Deuteronomy, but was Wreck'd on the Coast of Holland, while he was Sailing to Hama burgh to Print it. At Hamburgh he meets Miles Cover dale by mutual agreement, and they two fer heartily to this great Work: But before they had finished it, they both went to Antwerp, where Mr. Rogers, Chap lain to the English Factory, joined with them, and the report of this their design foon passed the Seas into England.
Sir Thomas More and others being resolved, if they could not suppress the Bible, to suppress him that was the chief Translator of it, having some Perfons, who lately came from beyond Sea, under Examination, upon fufpicion of Heresy, enquir'd of them, where Tindall was, in what House he lodged, what Cloaths he wore, and the like ; and having found by enquiry, that he was át Antwerp, lodo'd with one Thomas Points, who kept an House of Accommodation for the English Merchants, they, it should seem, discover it to such Men as were mot like to make an ill use of it. For not long afier, one Henry Philips, whose Father was a Cuitoin-house Officer at Poole, comes over to Antwerp, stadiiy finds out the Merchant's House, insinuates with Mr. Tindall, who was a plain Man, cafy of access, and ready to perform all Offices of Humarity, especially to a Scholar, and one that preGonucd himself inclin'd to his own Sentiments in Rurigion. Philips did not think fit to apply himself tu the Magistrates of Antwerp, with whom perhaps he thought our Merchants might have fome Intereft,
which (be sure) they would use in favour of Tina dall: But he goes to Brussels, and gets the Emperor's Procurator-General to come over to Antwerp, at no small expence, One Morning Philips comes to Points's House, and enquires for his Friend Mr. Tindall, finding that he was there, and that he was to go out to Dinner, he goes out of the House again to place the Officers, which he had brought, at the Door, that they might be in a readiness to Seize him. About Noon Philips goes to Mr.Tindall, asking him to lend him Forty Shillings, pretending that he had lost his Purse, that Morning, between Mechlin and Antwerp: Mr. Tindall readily lends it him; upon which Philips faid [Mr. Tindall, you shall be my Gueft to Day.] [No, ] fays Tindall, [I go forth to Dinner to Day, where you shall be welcome.] They were both going out together, but there was a long Entry, through which they could not go both-a-breast. Tindall would have put Philips foremost, but Philips (out of true Respect and Friendfhip no doubt; } forces Mr. Tindall to lead the way; and by this means he had an opportunity given, being much taller than Mr. Tindall, to point over his Head to the Officers, whom he had before placed at the Door, ito let them know that this was the Man, whom they were to Seize : They take him, "sand carry him to the Procuratory, who sent him to
Fildford-Castle Eighteen Miles from Antwerp. int He remained in Custody there a Year and a
half; in which time he converted his Keeper, and others of his Family, Disputed with the Romish Divines of Louvain, and continued to the very last diligent in his Studies, and constant to his Devotions. Points was his True Friend, who, h:d all along suspected Philips to be False. He was a very active, and earnest Solicitor for Mr. Tindall. Fie procured Letters in his behalf to the Procurator from the Lord Cromwell, and others in Englind,