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stone, a skinner, dwelling in Cornhill: he caused his man Quinting to provide two geldings for him, minding on the morrow to ride into Essex to Master Sandys, his fatherin-law, where his wife was.
"At his going to bed in Hurlestone's house, he had a pair of hose newly made that were too long for him. For while he was in the Tower, a tailor was admitted him to make him a pair of hose. One came unto him whose name was Benjamin, a good protestant, dwelling in Birchin-lane he might not speak to him, or come unto him to take measure of him, but only look upon his leg: he made the hose, and they were two inches too long. These hose he prayed the goodwife of the house to send to some tailor, to cut his hose two inches shorter. The wife required the boy of the house to carry them to the next tailor to cut. The boy chanced (or rather God so provided) to go to the next tailor, which was Benjamin that made them, which also was a constable, and acquainted with the lord chancellor's commandment. The boy required him to cut the hose. He said, I am not thy master's tailor. Saith the boy, Because you are our next neighbour, and my master's tailor dwelleth far off, I came to you, for it is far night, and he must occupy them timely in the morning. Benjamin took the hose and looked upon them: he knew his handy work, and said, These are not thy master's hose, but Doctor Sandys': them I made in the Tower. The boy yielded and said, it was Saith he, Go to thy mistress, pray her to sit up till twelve of the clock; then I will bring the hose, and speak with Doctor Sandys to his good.
"At midnight the goodwife of the house and Ben jamin the tailor cometh into Doctor Sandys' chamber: the wife prayeth him not to be afraid of their coming. He answered, Nothing can be amiss: what God will, that shall be done. Then Benjamin telleth him that he made his
hose, and by what good chance they now came to his hands. God used the means that he might admonish him of his peril, and advise him how to escape it; telling him that all the constables of London, whereof he was one, watched for him, and some were so greedily set, that they prayed him, if he took him, to let them have the carriage of him to the bishop of Winchester, and he should have the five pound. Saith Benjamin, It is known that your man hath provided two geldings, and that you mind to ride out at Aldgate to-morrow, and there then you are sure to be taken. Follow mine advice; and by God's grace ye shall escape their hands. Let your man walk all the day to-morrow in the street where your horses stand, booted and ready to ride. The goodman's servant of the house shall take the horses and carry them to Bethnal-green. The goodman shall be booted, and follow after as if he would ride. I will be here with you to-morrow about eight of the clock it is both term and parliament time: here we will break our fast, and, when the street is full, we will go forth. Look wildly, and if you meet your brother in the street, shun him not, but outface him and know him not. Accordingly Doctor Sandys did, clothed like a gentleman in all respects, and looked wildly as one that had been long kept in prison out of the light. Benjamin carried him through Birchinlane, and from one lane to another, till he came at Moorgate. There they went forth until they came to Bethnal-green, where the horses were ready, and Master Hurlestone, to ride with him as his man. Doctor Sandys pulled on his boots, and taking leave of his friend Benjamin, with tears they kissed each other; he put his hand in his purse, and would have given Benjamin a great part of that little he had, but Benjamin would take none. Yet since, Doctor Sandys hath remembered him thankfully. He rode that night to his father-in-law, Master Sandys, where
his wife was: he had not been there two hours but it was told Master Sandys, that there was two of the guard which would that night apprehend Doctor Sandys, and so they were appointed.
"That night Doctor Sandys was guided to an honest farmer near the sea, where he tarried two days and two nights in a chamber without all company. After that he shifted to one James Mower a shipmaster, who dwelt at Milton shore, where he expected wind for the English fleet ready into Flanders. While he was there, James Mower brought to him forty or fifty mariners, to whom he gave an exhortation: they liked him so well, that they promised to die for it, or that he should be apprehended.
"The sixth of May, being Sunday, the wind served. He took his leave of his host and hostess, and went towards the ship. In taking his leave of his hostess, who was barren, and had been married eight years, he gave her a fine handkerchief and an old royal of gold in it, thanking her much, and said, Be of good comfort; ere that an whole year be past, God shall give you a child, a boy. And it came to pass, for that day twelvemonth lacking one day God gave her a fair son.
"At the shore Doctor Sandys met with Master Isaac of Kent, who had his eldest son there; who, upon the liking he had to Doctor Sandys, sent his son with him, who afterward died in his father's house in Frankford. Doctor Sandys and Doctor Cox were both in one ship, being one Cockrel's ship. They were within the kenning, when two of the guard came thither to apprehend Doctor Sandys. They arrived at Antwerp, being bid to dinner to Master Locke. And at dinner time one George Gilpin, being secretary to the English house, and kinsman to Doctor Sandys, came to him and rounded him in his ear, and said, King Philip hath sent to make search for you, and to apprehend you. Hereupon they rose from their dinner in
a marvellous great shower, and went out at the gate toward the land of Cleve. They found a waggon and hasted away, and came safe to Ausburg in Cleveland, where Doctor Sandys tarried fourteen days, and then journeyed towards Strausborough, where, after he had lived one year, his wife came unto him. He fell sore sick of a flux, which kept him nine months, and brought him to death's door. He had a child which fell sick of the plague and died. His wife at length fell sick of a consumption, and died in his arms: no man had a more godly woman to his wife.
"After this, Master Sampson went away to Emmanuel, a man skilful in Hebrew. Master Grindall went into the country to learn the Dutch tongue. Doctor Sandys still remained in Strausborough, whose sustentation then was chiefly from one Master Isaac, who loved him most dearly, and was ever more ready to give than he to take. He gave him in that space above one hundred marks, which sum the said Doctor Sandys paid him again, and by his other gifts and friendliness shewed himself to be a thankful man. When his wife was dead, he went to Zurich, and there was in Peter Martyr's house for the space of five weeks. Being there, as they sat at dinner, word suddenly came that queen Mary was dead, and Doctor Sandys was sent for by his friends at Strausborough. That news made Master Martyr and Master Jarret, then there, very joyful, but Doctor Sandys could not rejoice: it smote into his heart that he should be called to misery.
"Master Bullinger and the ministers feasted him, and he took his leave and returned to Strausborough, where he preached; and so Master Grindall and he came towards England, and came to London the same day that queen Elizabeth was crowned."
When Sandys returned to England, he was graciously received by the queen, and was soon employed in the
various matters which regarded the reformation of religion. He was one of the divines in commission for reviewing the Common Prayer, who met at Sir Thomas Smith's in Westminster. His name is also found in some lists of those who, selected from the Romish and reformed parties, were to hold a solemn disputation before the privy council; but it appears that he was not one of the disputants, though it is very probable he was present as an auditor. And when visitors were sent throughout the country, he was one of those appointed to travel through and preach in the northern counties.
Sandys was of course marked out for preferment; and indeed he stood in absolute need of something for his maintenance, for he declares in a letter to Parker', "in the time of our exile were we not so bare as we are now brought." Yet he had some scruples to overcome before he consented to occupy the place intended for him. He, with some others, had an objection to the use of the vestments that had been customary in the Romish church, and he urged the abrogation as much as possible of ceremonies. Being unsuccessful in his endeavours, he consulted with those of his friends who were in a like position with himself as to what was their proper course of conduct. After full deliberation, they concluded that it would be unbecoming and injurious for them to desert their ministry on account of rites, which were but few and not abstractedly evil, especially as purity of doctrine was obtained. They felt that if they retired, it would perhaps open the door to concealed papists; and therefore they determined that they would agree to the order established; and this determination nothing afterwards occurred to shake. Worcester was the see designed for Sandys, and to this he was consecrated at Lambeth, Dec. 21, 1559, by Parker, archbishop of Canterbury, Barlow, Scory, and Hodgkin as1 Burnet, Hist. of Ref. Records, Vol. 11. Book II. No. xxii.