A caueat o[r warening, for [?]] common cursetor[s vulgarely called [?]] vagabones, set forth by Tho[mas Harman, Esquier, for the [?]] vtilitie and profit of his natur[all countrey. Newly augmented and [?] en]larged by the first author [...] the tale of the second ta[...] crank, with the true [...]or, and also his puni[...] dissembling, most [...] hearer or reader [...]
Harman, Thomas, fl. 1567.

A Baudy Basket. Cap. 17.

THese Baudye Basketes bée also women, and goe with baskets and Capcases on their armes, where in they haue Laces, Page  [unnumbered] pinnes, nedels, whyte inkel, and round sylke gyrdels of all colours. These will bye conueskines, and stale linnen clothes of on hedges. And for their tryfles they will procure of mayden seruaunts, when their mistres or dame is out of the ware, eyther some good péece of béefe, bakē or cheese, that shalbe worth xii. pēce for ii. pence of their toyes. And as they walke by the way, they often gaine some money with their instrument, by such as they sodaynly mete withall. The vpright men haue good acquayntance with these, and wil helpe and relieue them when they want. Thus they trade their liues in leude lothsome lechery. Amongst them all is but one honest woman, and she is of good yeares: her name is Ione Messenger I haue had good proofe of her, as I haue learned by the true report of diuers.

There came to my gate the last sommer Anno Domini 1566. a very miserable man and much deformed as burnt in the face, bler eyde, and lame of one of his legges that he went with a crouche. I asked him wher he was borne & wher he dwelt last, and shewed him that thither he must repaire and be releued, and not to range about the countrey, & seeing some cause of charity, I caused him to haue meate and drink, and when he had dronk, I demaunded of him whe¦ther he was neuer spoyled of the vpright man or roge, yes that I haue q he, but yet these seuen yeres, for so long haue I gon abroad I had not so much taken from me nor so euil hādled as I was with∣in these iiij. dayes why, how so q I? in good fayth sir quoth hée, I chaunced to mete with one of these baudy baskets which had an vp∣right man in hir cōpany: and as I would haue passed quietly by her, man saith she vnto her mate, do you not sée this ilfauored windsha∣ken knaue? yes q the vpright man, what say you to him, this knaue oweth me ij. shillings for wares he had of mee halfe a yere a go, I think it well said this vpright man: syrra saide he, pay your deths, said this poore man I owe hir none, nether did I euer bargayne wt her for any thing, and as I am aduised I neuer saw her before in all my lyfe, mercy god quoth she what a lying knaue is this, and he wil not pay you husband beat him surely, and the vpright man gaue mee thre or foure blowes on my back and shoolders and would haue beat me worse and I had not giuen him all the money in my purse, and in good faith for very feare I was fayn to giue him xiiij. pens which was al the money that I had: why said this baudy basket hast thou no more, then thou owest ten pence styll, and be well assured that I will be payde the next tyme I meete with thee. And so they let me passe by them. I pray god saue and blesse me & all others in my case Page  [unnumbered] from such wicked persons quoth this poore mā, why whether went they, then quoth I, into east Kent, for I met with them on thys side of Rochester. I haue diuers tymes bene attempted but I neuer lost much before. I thanke God ther came still company by, afore this vnhappy time. Well quoth I, thanke God of all, and repaire home into thy natiue countrey.