A Dommerar. Cap. 12.
THese Dommerars are leud and moste subtill people, the moste part of these are Walch men, and will neuer speak, vnlesse they haue extréeme punishment but will gape, and with a marucious force will hold downe their toungs doubled, groninge for your cha∣ritie, and holding vp their handes full piteously, so that with their déepe dissimulation they get very much. There are of these many, & but one that I vnderstand of hath lost his toung in déed: hauing on a tyme occasion to ryde to Dartford to speake with a priest there, who maketh all kind of cōserues very well, and vseth stilling of waters. And repayring to his house, I found a Dommerar at his doore, and the priest himselfe perusing his licence, vnder the seales and handes of certayne worshipfull men, had thought the same to bee good and effectual. I taking the same writing and reading it ouer and no•ing the seales, found one of the seales like vnto a seale that I had about me: which seale I bought besides Charinge crosse, that I was out of doubt it was none of those Gentlemens seales that had subscribed. And hauing vnderstanding before of their pe•ish practises, made me to conceiue that al was forged & nought. I made the more hast home for wel I wist that he would and must of force passe through the pa∣rish where I dwelt, for there was no other way for him. And com∣ming homeward, I found them in the towne accordinge to my ex∣pectation, wher they where staid, for there was a Palliard associate Page [unnumbered] with the Dommerar and partaker of his gaynes, which Pallyards I saw not at Darford. The staiers of them was a gentleman called Chayne, & a seruant of my Lord Kéepers, called Wostestow, which was the chief causer of the staying of them, being a Surgien & cun∣ning in his science, had séene the like practises, and as he sayd hadde caused one to speake afore that was dome. It was my chaunce to come at the beginnīg of the matter. Syr (q this Surgien) I am bold here to vtter some part of my cunning, I trust (quoth he) you shall sée a myracle wrought anon: for I once (quoth he) made a domme man to speak. Quoth I you are wel met, and somwhat you haue preuen∣ted me• for I had thought to haue done no lesse or they hadde passed this towne, for I well knowe their writing is fayned, and they depe dissemblers. The Surgien made him gape, & we could sée but halfe a toung. I required the Surgien to put his finger in his mouth, & to pull out his toung, and so he did, notwithstanding he held strongly a prety whyle: at the length he pluckt out the same, to the great ad∣miration of many that stode by: yet when we sawe his tounge, hée would neither speake nor yet could heare. Quoth I to the Surgien, knit t•o of his fingers togither and thrust a stycke betwene them, and rubbe the same vp and downe a little whyle, and for my lyfe he speaketh by and by. Syr quoth this Surgien, I pray let me practise an other way, I was well contented to sée the same. He had him in∣to a house, and tyed a halter aboute the wrestes of his handes and •oysed him vp ouer a beam, and their did let him hang a good while at length for very paine he required for gods sake to let him downe. So he that was both deafe and dume could in short tyme both heare and speake. Then I tooke that money I could find in his purse, and distributed the same to the poore people dwelling there, which was xv. pence halfpeny, being all that wee coulde finde. That done, and this mery myracle madly made. I sent them with my seruant to the nect Iusticer, where they preached on the pyllery for want of a pul∣pet, and were well whypped, and none did bewayle them.