The record of sufferings for tythes in England the sufferers are, The seed of God, or, The assembly of his first-born, or, The first fruits unto God in England, in this age, who are called to be faithful, and have been found faithful, therefore have we suffered willingly the spoiling of our goods, for to us the truth is more precious then our estates, lives, or outward liberties, and thererfore hath the Lord accounted us first worthy to suffer for his name sake, and to be as lights in this deceitful generation : those which our suffering is a testimony against, is that priesthood which is light and treacherous, which in all ages the Lord raised up faithful witnesses against : ... : and in these dayes we may say, that they are worse then any troop of robbers, or any that preached for hire that ever went before them, as will appear in this book following, by their devouring vvidovvs houses spoiling mens goods, and destroying mens persons
Hubberthorn, Richard, 1628-1662.

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William Barker of Gissing, for tythes pretended to be due to Ro∣bert Proctor, priest there, for which the Priest demanded but twenty six shillings, had taken from him on Horse worth six pounds.

Richard Cosen of Baningham, for tythes demanded by one Thomas Knevet, and for costs assessed to him by two Justices, Robert Wood, and Henry King, all amounting to two pounds, seven shillings and six pence, had taken from him a Mare, and a Colt of two yeers old, worth three pounds ten shillings.

Benjamin Lynes of Bramplingham; for tythes pretended to be due by Jonathan Clapham priest there, and costs assessed to him, all a∣mounting to two pounds, three shillings and four pence, had taken from him two Cows worth four pounds.

Robert Jacob, late of Wymondham, aged about eighty yeers, about the sixth Month, 1656. being summoned thereunto, to appeare be∣fore Rob. Ward, Rob. Wilton, and Thomas VVeeld, called Justices, who informed him he was chosen to be a Constable, & required him to be sworn to execute the same Office; he acquainted them of his age and inability to execute the said Office, and said he was willing to do what service he could; but much could not be expected from him in respect of his age, and the inability of his body; but he could not Page  8 swear at all, it being contrary to the command of Christ; whereup∣on they committed him to prison in Norwich Castle, where he con∣tinued [not able to put off and on his own clothes] for about eight weeks, and then was released.

About the third Month, called May, next before his aforementi∣oned imprisonment; the same Jacob was summoned to appear before the Barons of the Exchequer at Westminster, being about eighty miles from his outward abode, for not paying tythes; whereupon he travelled to VVestminster, and upon an Attachment, as for want of an Answer, which would not be accepted without an Oath, and thereupon was sent to the prison aforementioned, where he continu∣ed until he dyed, bearing a faithful testimony for the Lord against tythes and swearing.

Thomas Berrier of Vpwell, being summoned by a Warrant from the Steward Outwell, had a Horse taken from him for tythes of a small value, worth seven pounds, when he had but one more in his plough, without either appearance or Judgement.

Peter Gill had taken from him a pewter platter for Clarkes wa∣ges.