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Most Reverend Father in God
SOMETIME LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY.
WHEREIN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH,
THE REFORMATION OF IT, DURING THE PRIMACY OF THE SAID
FIRST PUBLISHED (1694.) IN THREE BOOKS.
COLLECTED CHIEFLY FROM RECORDS, REGISTERS, AUTHENTIC
LETTERS, AND OTHER ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS.
In this Edition of the Memorials of Archbishop Cranmer," such of the Documents in the Appendix as were printed by Mr. Strype from papers in the Cotton Library have been carefully corrected from the original MSS. in the British Museum. This useful service was undertaken by Mr. Henry Ellis, who supplied an entire copy of No. VIII. distinguishing the corrections and additions which appear in the original Proclamation in the handwriting of King Henry the Eighth ; together with a transcript of a considerable portion of " Cardinal Pole's “ Instructions for his Messenger to the Queen,” No. LXXV, the conclusion of which was omitted in the first Edition, but is now printed among the Addenda.
For the other Additions which the reader will find at the end of the second volume, the public is indebted to the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth. A list of all the Articles in that valuable Collection relating to Abp. Cranmer was in a most obliging manner supplied, for the use of the present publication, from the Catalogue of the Archiepiscopal MSS. prepared for the Press by direction of the Archbishop of Canterbury; and, with His Grace's permission, it is here subjoined, under the title of Addenda No. I, for the information of future inquirers.
To the publication also of the very curious Document which forms No. II. of the Addenda, His Grace most liberally consented. Of the history of this MS. and its particular value, as an addition to Mr. Strype's Memorials, the Reader will be best informed from the account transmitted by the Rev. Mr. Todd,
Keeper of the Archiepiscopal Manuscripts, who is not more distinguished by his extensive erudition, than by his readiness at all times to assist the researches of others.
“ The MS. is marked in the Catalogue of the Lambeth MSS. “ 1136. (vid. Addenda No. I.) and entitled “ Processus contra “ Cranmerum Cantuar. Archiepiscopum. A, D. 1555.” It is “ written on thirty-six pages of parchment of a folio size, with
many contractions, and was presented to the Library by “Mr. George Perry, F.S.A. July 23, 1766. It contains a copy
of the official dispatch of * Dr. Brokes, Bishop of Gloucester, " to the Cardinal de Puteo at Rome, to whom the Bishop was
Subdelegate in the proceedings against Abp. Cranmer, (the care of which had been consigned to the Cardinal by the Pope,) and is authenticated in the usual manner by notarial
attestation. The Document fortunately supplies also what has “ hitherto been a chasm in our ecclesiastical history. For
Mr. Strype, after noticing that witnesses were sworn to deliver “ their testimony against the Archbishop, adds, 'I know not “what the depositions of these witnesses were, given in against “ him the next day; for Fox relates nothing of them, nor any “ other as I know of. Memorials of Abp. Cranmer, book iii.
chap. xix. These depositions are found in this Processus."
To the same learned person great acknowledgments are also due for his further assistance in bringing this Document to light, not only by furnishing a transcript for the press, but by comparing with the Lambeth Manuscript the printed sheets of the “ Processus," as well as the Fac-Simile engraving which is given as a specimen of the writing.
JANUARY 2, 1812.
• James Brokes, born in Hampshire May 1512, was Scholar and Fellow of C.C.C. Oxford, afterward Master of Balliol College, Chaplain or Almoner to Bp. Gardner, and Bishop of Gloucester, 1554. He died Feb. 154.. Wood's Athena, vol. i. p. 134.
MADE USE OF IN THIS HISTORY, AND CONTAINED IN THE
APPENDIX TO THE MEMORIALS OF ARCHBISHOP CRANMER.
With the Places whence transcribed.
X. Lee, Bishop Elect of Lichfield and Coventry, to Secretary Ibid.
suppressing such as read Books brought from beyond Sea. 694.