¶ A Abraham man. Cap. 9.
THese Abraham men be those that fayn themselues to haue bene mad, and haue bene kept either in Bethelem, or in some other pryson a good time, and not one amongst twenty that euer came in prison for any such cause: yet will they say how pityously and moste extreemely they haue bene beaten and dealt with all. Some of these be mery and very pleasaunt, they will daunce and sing, some others be as colde and reasonable to talke withall. These begge money, eyther when they come at y• armoures houses, they will demaund Baken, eyther chéese, or wooll or any thinge that is worth money, and if they espye small company within, they will with ••rce coun∣tenaunce demaunde somewhat. Where for feare the maydes will giue them largely to be ryd of them.
¶ If they may conueniently come by any cheate, they wil pick• and ••eale as the vpright man or Roge, poultrey or lynnen. And all wemen that wander, be at their commaundement. Of all that euer I sawe of this kinde, one naming him selfe Stradlinge, is the craftiest and moste dissemblingest knaue. Hée is able wyth hys tounge and vsage, to deceyue and abuse the wysest man that is. And surely for the proporcion of his body, with euery member therunto appa•••ning, it cannot be amended But as the prouerbe is (God hath done his part.) This Stradling sayth he was the Lorde Stur∣tons man, and when he was executed for very pensiuenes of minde Page [unnumbered] he fell out of his witte, and so continued a yeare after and more, and that with the very gréefe and feare, he was taken with a maruelous palsey, that both head and handes will shake when he talketh with any and that apace or faste, whereby he is much pytied, and getteth greatly. And if I hadde not demaunded of others both men and wo∣men, that commonly walketh as he doth, and knowne by them his déepe dissimulation, I neuer had vnderstande the same. And thus I end with these kinde of vagabondes.