343. OTHER MARTYRS, JUNE 1556.
The death of William Sleek in the King's Bench.
The last day of the said month of May, in the year aforesaid, William Slech, being in prison for the said doctrine of the Lord's gospel, and the confession of his truth, died in the King's Bench, and was buried on the back side of the said prison; for that the Romish catholic spiritualty thought him not worthy to come within their pope-holy churchyards, neither in any other Christian burial, as they call it.
In June next following, about the sixth day of the same month, four martyrs suffered together at Lewes, whose names were these: Thomas Harland, of Woodmancott, carpenter; John Oswald, of Woodmancott, husbandman; Thomas Avington, of Ardingley, turner; Thomas Read.
To Thomas Harland I find in the bishop of London's registers, to be objected for not coming to church. Whereunto he answered, that after the mass was restored, he never had will to hear the same, because (said he) it was in Latin, which he did not understand, and therefore as good (quoth he) never a whit as never the better. John Oswald denied to answer any thing, until his accusers should be brought face to face before him; and neverthe-less said, that fire and faggots could not make him afraid: but as the good preachers which were in King Edward's time have suffered and gone before, so was he ready to suffer and come after, and would be glad thereof.
These four, after long imprisonment in the King's Bench, were burned together at Lewes in Sussex, in one fire, the day of the month aforesaid.
The martyrdom of Thomas Whood and Thomas Milles
In the same town of Lewes, and in the same month likewise, were burned Thomas Whood, min-ister, and Thomas Milles, about the twentieth day of the same month, for resisting the erroneous and heretical doctrine of the pretended catholic Church of Rome.
Two dead in the King's Bench.
In the which month likewise, William Adherall, minister, imprisoned in the King's Bench, there died the twenty-fourth day of the same month, and was buried in the back side: also John Clement, wheelwright, who, dying in the said prison, in like sort upon the dunghill was buried, in the back side, two days after, viz. the twenty-sixth day of June.
A merchant's servant burned at Leicester.
The next day following of the said month of June, we read of a certain young man, a merchant's servant, who for the like godliness suffered cruel persecution of the papists, and was burnt at Leicester the twenty-sixth day of the month of June above-named.