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This profile was last updated on 7/28/98  and contains information from public web pages.

Apprentice

Master Kemption
 
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Employment History

  • Mariner

Education

  • master
Web References
Chapter 16 - Foxe's Book of Martyrs
www.gospelweb.net, 28 July 1998 [cached]
In the month of February, the following persons were committed to prison : R. Coleman, of Waldon, laborer ; Joan Winseley, of Horsley Magna, spinster ; S. Glover, of Rayley ; R. Clerk, of Much Holland, mariner ; W. Munt, of Much Bentley, sawyer ; Marg.
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The names of the seven who suffered were, H. Pond, R. Estland, R. Southain, M. Ricarby, J. Floyd, J. Holiday, and Roger Holland.
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This Roger Holland, a merchant-tailor of London, was first an apprentice with one Master Kemption, at the Black Boy in Watling Street, giving himself to dancing, fencing, gaming, banqueting, and wanton company.He had received for his master certain money, to the sum of thirty pounds ; and lost every groat at dice.Therefore he purposed to convey himself away beyond the seas, either into France or into Flanders.
With this resolution, he called early in the morning on a discreet servant in the house, named Elizabeth, who professed the Gospel, and lived a life that did honor to her profession.To her he revealed the loss his folly had occasioned, regretted that he had not followed her advice, and begged her to give his master a note of hand from him acknowledging the debt, which he would repay if ever it were in his power ; he also entreated his disgraceful conduct might be kept secret, lest it would bring the gray hairs to his father with sorrow to a premature grave.
The maid, with a generosity and Christian principle rarely surpassed, conscious that his imprudence might be his ruin, brought him the thirty pounds, which was part of a sum of money recently left her by legacy.Here, said she, is the sum requisite : you shall take the money, and I will keep the note ; but expressly on this condition, that you abandon all lewd and vicious company ; that you neither swear nor talk immodestly, and game no more ; for, should I learn that you do, I will immediately show this note to your master.I also require, that you shall promise me to attend the daily lecture at Allhallows, and the sermon at St. Paul's every Sunday ; that you cast away all your books of popery, and in their place substitute the Testament and the Book of Service, and that you read the Scriptures with reverence and fear, calling upon God for his grace to direct you in his truth.Pray also fervently to God, to pardon your former offences, and not to remember the sins of your youth, and would you obtain his favor ever dread to break his laws or offend his majesty.So shall God have you in His keeping, and grant you your heart's desire. We must honor the memory of this excellent domestic, whose pious endeavors were equally directed to benefit the thoughtless youth in this life and that which is to come.God did not suffer the wish of this excellent domestic to be thrown upon a barren soil ; within half a year after the licentious Holland became a zealous professor of the Gospel, and was an instrument of conversion to his father and others whom he visited in Lancashire, to their spiritual comfort and reformation from popery.
His father, pleased with his change of conduct, gave him forty pounds to commence business with in London.
Then Roger repaired to London again, and came to the maid that lent him the money to pay his master withal, and said unto her, Elizabeth, here is thy money I borrowed of thee ; and for the friendship, good will, and the good counsel I have received at thy hands, to recompense thee I am not able, otherwise than to make thee my wife. And soon after they were married, which was in the first year of Queen Mary.
After this he remained in the congregations of the faithful, until, the last year of Queen Mary, he, with the six others aforesaid, were taken.
And after Roger Holland there was none suffered in Smithfield for the testimony of the Gospel, God be thanked.
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