¶ A Hoker or Anglear. Cap. 3.
THese hokers or Anglers be perillous and most wicked knaues, and be deriued or procede forth from the vpright men, they com∣monly goe in fréese yerkynes and gally •loppes, pointeth beneth the knée: these when they practise their pilfryng, it is al by night, for as they walk a day times from house to house to demaund charitie, thei vigilantly mark where, or in what place they may attayne to there pray, casting their eyes vp to euery window, wel noting what they sée ther, whether apparell or linnen, hanging neere vnto the sayde wyndows, and that wil they be sure to haue y• next night folowing, for they customably cary with them a staffe of v. or vi. foote long, in which, within one inch of y• top therof is a little hole •ored through: Page [unnumbered] in which hole they putte an yron hoke, and with the same they will pluck vnto them quikly any thing yt thei may reach therwith, which hoke in the day time they couertly cary about thē, and is neuer sene or taken out till they come to the place where they worke their feat, such haue I sene at my house & haue oft talked with them and haue handled their staues not thē vnderstanding to what vse or intent thei serued, although I had and perceyued by their talke and behauiour great likelihode of euill suspition in them, they wil either leane vp∣pon their staffe to hyde the hole therof, when they talk with you, or hold their hande vpon the hole, and what stuffe either wollen or lin¦nen, they thus hoke out, thei neuer cary the same forthwith to their stauling kens, but hides the same a iii. daies in some secret corner, & after conueis the same to their houses abouesaid where their host or hostys giueth them money for the same but half the value that it is worth, or els their Doxes shal a far of sell the same at the like hou∣ses. I was credibly informed that a hoker came to a farmers house in the dead of the night, and putting abacke a drawe windowe of a low chamber, the bed standing hard by the said window, in whiche lay thrée persons, a man and two bigge boyes: this hoker wyth hys staffe plucked of their garments which lay vpon them to kepe them warme, with the couerlet and shete, and left them lying a slepe na∣ked sauing their shyrtes, and had away all cleane & neuer could vn∣derstand where it became. I verely suppose that when they were wel waked with cold, they surely thought that Robin good fellow, (according to the old saying) had bene with them that night.