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 freshe water Mariner or Whip∣acke. Cap. 10.

THese fresh water Mariners, their shippes were drowned in the playne of Salisbury. These kinde of Caterpillers, counterfet great losses on the sea, these be some Western men, and moste bee Irish men. These will runne about the countrey with a counterfet licence, fayninge eyther shipwracke, or spoyled by Pyrates, neare the coaste of Cornwall or Deuonshyre and set a lande at some ha∣uen towne there, hauing a large and formall writinge, as is aboue sayd, with the names and seales of such men of woorshippe at the least foure or fiue as dwelleth neare or next to the place where they fayne their landing. And neare to those shyeres will they not begge vntill they come into Wylshyre, Hamshyre, Barkeshyre, Oford∣shyre, Harford shyre, Middelsex, and to London, and downe by the ryuer to seeke for their shippe and goods that they neuer hadde, then passe they through Surrey, Sussex, by the sea coastes, & so into kent, demaunding almes to bringe them home to their countrey.

Sometime they counterfet the seale of the Admiraltie, I haue di∣uers times taken awaye from them their licences of bothe sortes, with suche money as they haue gathered, and haue confiscated the same to the pouertie nighe adioyninge to me. And they will not be longe without an other, for at any good Towne they will renewe the same. Once with muche threatninge and fayre promises, I re∣quired to knowe of one companye who made their licence. And they sware that they bought the same at Portsmouth of a Mariner there, and it cost them two shillings, with such warrants to bee so good and effectual, that if any of the best men of lawe or learned a∣boute London shoulde peruse the same, they were able to fynde no faute therewith, but would assuredly allow the same.

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  • A vpright man
  • Nicolas Blunt.
  • The coūterfet Cranke.
  • Nicolas Genings.

These two pictures lyuely set out,
One body and soule, God send him more grace:
This monstrous dissembler, a Cranke all about.
Uncomly coueting of eche to imbrace,
Money or wares, as he made his race.
And sometyme a Mariner, and a seruing man:
Or els an artificer, as he would fayne than.
Such shiftes he vsed, being well tryed,
Abandoning labour till he was espyed:
Conding punishment for his dissimulation,
He surely receyued with muche exclamation.