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Anonymous 78A parson of Slangham in Sussex who T. E. entrusts to keep safe an Anglo-Saxon book written by Sir John Malborne, a divine of Oxenford. Reginald Scot writes to the parson asking him to send the book, but the parson will not allow it leave his company.(337-338)MAster R. Scot, according to your request, I have drawne out certaine abuses worth the noting, touching the work you have in band; things which I myselfe have seen within these xxvi. yeares, among those which which were counted famous and skilfull in those sciences. And because the whole discourse cannot be set downe, without nominating certaine persons, of whom same are dead and some living, whose friends remaine yet of gr[...] credit: in respect thereof, I knowing that mine enemies doe already in number exceed my friends; I have considered with my selfe, that it is better for me to stay my hand, than to commit that to the world, which may increase my misery more than releeve the same. Notwithstanding, because I was noted above a great many others to have had some dealings in those vaine arts and wicked practiser; I am thereefore to signifie unto you, and I speake it in the presence of God, that among all those famous and noted practisers, that I have beene conversant withall these xxvi. yeares, I could never see any matter of truth to be done in those wicked sciences, but onely meere cousenings and illusions. And they, whom I thought to be most skilfull therein, sought to see some things at my hands, who had spent my time a dozen or fourteen years, to my great losse and hindrance, and could never at any time see any one truth, or sparkle of truth therein, Yea at present I stand worthily condemned for the same; for that contrary to my lawes, and the law of God, and also to mine owne conscience, I did spend my time in such vaine and wicked studies and practises being made and [...]maining a spectacle for all others to receive warning by the Lord may be the last (I speake it from my heart) and I wish it, not only [...] my native country, but also through the whole face of the earth, epecially among Christians. For mine owne part I lament my time lost, and have repented on five yeares past: at which time I saw a booke, written in the old Sax[...] tongue, by one Sir John Malborne a divine of Oxonford, three hundred yeares past, wherein he openeth all the illusions and inventions of th se arts and sciences: a thing most worthy the noting. I left the booke with the parson of Slangham in Sussex, where if you send for it in my name, you may have it. You shall thinke your labour well bestowed, and it shall greatly ther the good enterprise you have in hand, and there shall you see the whole science throughly discuss d, and all their illusions and cousenages [...]phered at large. Thus craving pardon at your hands for that I promised you, being very fearefull, doubtfull, and loth to set my hand [...] name under any thing that may be offensive to the world, or hurtfull [...] my selfe, considering my case, except I had the better warrant from my L. of Leicester, who is my very good Lord, and by whom next under God, (her Majestie onely excepted): I have beene preserved; and therefore do any thing that may offend his Lordships cares. And so I leave your, to the Lords keeping, who bring you & al your actions to good and to Gods glory, and to the profit of all Christians. From the Bench this 8. of March, 1582. Your worships poore and desolate friend and servant[.] I sent for this booke of purpose, to the parson of Slangham, and procured his, best friends, men of great worship and credit, ito deale with him, that I might borrow it for a time. But such is his folly and superstition, that although he confessed he had it; yet he would not lend it: albeit a friend of mine, being knight of the would have given his word for the restitution of the same safe and sound.()