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name and fame, of one extraordinary studious Ientleman, of this land, within his clawes; that, diuers his mere malitious, and wilfull enemies, do verily hope, that it is impossible, that this lentleman shall, with this English or Brytish state, either (during his life) be counted a good subiect, or a commendable, (nay scarce a tolerable) * Christian; or, any his acts or trauailes, all ready past; or, other his intended exploits, of great importance, shail be, in this land, acceptable; or, of the people, of this kingdome, receyued : as, by the fauour, light, and ayde of the Blessed Trinitie vndertaken, inuented, compassed, and atchieved: but, rather, by wicked and vngodly arte, to be framed: and, by the help of Sathan, or Beelzebub, to be finished: vnleast, the wise, or the peculiarly chief authorized, will vse due, carefull, and charitable discretion, from henceforth, to repres, or abolish, and ytterly extinguish this very iniurious report, (for these xx. yeres last past, and somewhat longer,) spred and credited, all this realm ouer : 'it is to wete, that the forsaid Ientleman, is, or was, not onely, a *' Coniurer, or caller of diuels: but *, ' a great doer therein: yea, the great coniurer: and so, (as some would say) 3* the arche coniurer, of this whole kingdom.
* If you will read his digression apologeticall, conteyned in his Mathematical Preface, to the English Euclide, (imprinted A° 1570) you may the better understand this point of this brief aduertisement.
Before, that the (mentioned) diuelish cosening was vsed: this sklanderous vntruthe was recorded, published, and credited: but, by these new deuised cosening forgeries, the same, may (with some) seeme to be vndoubtedly confirmed. Oh Lord, with how tickle and strong snares, and with how wily laberinthes, hath the most enuious traytor, to the honor of our God and Christ, bewrapped and daunted many a thousand of simple and honest mens fantazies : inducing them, 'to credit this infamous report? To credit it, (I say) in respect to the honorable seat, wherein, it was (very vnaduisedly) set downe. In dede, euen he, who, at the beginning, * sayd, Ascendam in cælum, et similis ero altissimo : euen he, hath settled this intolerable sklander of the vertuous, among the glorious renown of the righteous : to so great hurt, and dammage of the lentleman (who, to all other men, is harmles) as, neuer to him, by any one mortall man, the iust amends, can duly be made. I would to God, this foresaid sklander; and other disgracing reports, to to rashly, and cuen then * recorded, when this courteous lentleman was also a prisoner himself: (and bedfellow, with one maister Barthelet Greene) had bin, in due tyme espyed : and vtterly cancelled, or rázed out of all records, wherein they were vnduly, and vnaduisedly (first) admitted.
* Oh, a damnable sklaunder, vtterly vntrue, in the whole, and in euery worde and part thereof: as (before the King of kings) will appere at the dreadfull day. . Esaiæ 14,
made. A. iiij.
Nerer to pres this matter in particular, it is nedeles. But, by this, and such like foule ouersight of a man, and cruell despite of the hellish enemy, it is come to pas (among many other great inconueniences) that, whereas the said studious Ientleman, hath at God his most mercifull handes: recyued a great talent of knowledge and sciences : (after his long, painfull, and costly travails, sustéyned for the samé :) and both by God, being warned, and, of his owne disposition, desirous, not only to enlarge ånd multiply the same, but also to communicate to other: he findeth himself, (now, at length), partly forced, somewhat to gelde to the wickednes of these tymes, (being not possible to sayt against the windes eye): and partly demeth himself (in Gods judgment,) excusable, not to bestow any more of his talent and * carefull trauailes, vpon the ingrateful and thankles: nay, vpon the skorners and disdainers of such his faythfull enterprises : vndertaken chiefly, for the aduancement of the wonderfull veritie philosophicall: and also, for the state publik of this BRYTISH MONARCHIE, to become flourishing, in Honor, WEALTH, and STRENGTH: as much, as any thing in him, mought have bin thereto, (by any means,) found seruisable.
But, who would haue * thought, that they, who are in dede) of the honester sort, and more charitable : yea, of the wiser, and (by office) mightier (and some of them, taken for his especial great freends) would, so many yeres, haue bin so * careles: or slack, to ayde, and procure the innocent, to be * deliuered, from the greuous, and most jniurious spoyles of his good name and fame: and all the inconveniences, depending thereon? or, who would haue thought, that so great and so vncharitable vntruthes, should so vndiscreetly have bin published: by those men especially, who, otherwise, in woord and life, were very modest, and circumspect.
* Solomon in Ecclesiastes, cap. 4. So I turned me, and considered all the violent wrong, that is done vrider the sunne: and behold, the teares of such as were oppressed, and there was no man to comfort them : of, that would deliuer or de. fond then from the violence of their oppressions.
I thought I thought it good, therefore (my honest freend and cuntriman) to aduertise* thee, of some parte of the cause, of the strange maner, of this treatise comming to thy sight, or reading : as, without the name, of any certain author thereof: and without the name, of the zealous artificer, who first did sollicite, and collect such matter (by dictata, as it were) from this Ientleman. And thirdly: without my own name: into whose hands, the sayd artificer, hath deliuered all the matter, that he could get of this Brytish lentleman, to the title of this booke answerable ; yea, and other rare instructions, also.
For (undowtedly) this British PhilosoPHER, is not only discouraged to labor, or
pen any more treatises or bookes himself in ARTI: FICIALL METHOD, for his vnkinde, vnthankful, disdainfull and slkanderous cuntrymen, to vse (nay abuse:) but also is loth (and hath great reason so to be) to haue his name any more prefixed, or subscribed, to any treatises, passing from him, either by writing or by speech.
And both these inconueniencies are purposely committed to auoyd, or somewhat to preuent hensforward, the farther grief and offence that might grow to him and his true freends; to perceiue the former sundry sorts of caterpillers, and
+ The chief occasion of this aduertisement giuing.