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.
The names of the seven who suffered were, H. Pond, R. Estland, R. Southain, M. Ricarby, J. Floyd, J. Holiday, and Roger Holland
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.
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.