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Holy Office, and examined there by three Friars, I shall there find that, upon John Perrot's giving an account of his call and service, and of the books that he had sent to the governor, one of which was to the Great Turk, which he had written in that place, and another to the Jews, and of what they had further to say to them, that they set them at liberty, and discovered to them a plot that some English had to murder them, and bade them beware of their countrymen. That the governor of that city not only received willingly several books and papers which they sent him by an ancient merchant, one Origine, who was very friendly, but expressed much tender regard for their safety, saying, “That he would not have them come to any hurt in that land;" and making no question at their gesture, nor showing any dislike at their not being conformable to their customs when they were brought before them; that the English agent there was very friendly to them, and ofttimes became hiinself interpreter in the disputes between them and the Jews, at whose synagogues they were, and there reasoned with them; whom some of the Jews followed from the synagogue to their chamber, where some of them were convinced and some confounded. At Venice I shall also find John Perrot, John Love, Samuel Fisher, John Stubbs, Mary Fisher, and Mary Prince discoursing and reasoning on the Exchange, and having much intercourse and freedom in the city, where none were imprisoned, and that with men of all sorts, Jews and Papists; and I shall find John Perrot there speaking with the Duke of Venice, in his palace, and delivering to him several papers; and so departing, with his friend John Love, from thence to Rome, being sent from Smyrna as were divers others, by the English Ambassador, who would not suffer them to pass from thence to Constantinople, whitherto they were moved of the Lord, for fear of the Great Turk. At Rome I shall find some of them, viz., Samuel Fisher and John Stubbs, to have been there for certain days; others of them, viz., John Perrot and John Love, to be imprisoned; and one of them, John Love, to be dead there, and the other to be well treated as a prisoner, of whose welfare we have lately understood, by letters under his own hand, -all which pass sentence upon you.
Shall I take upon me a long journey, from Rome to Constantinople, from the Pope to the Turk, and through the difficulties of such an undertaking? Shall I traverse the Morea, or that part of the Turk's dominion which is called Greece, from Petrea, on the seashore towards Zante, to Vestreetshaw, and from thence to Corinth, Eneca, and Athens, where Paul preached? Shall I cross the Hellespont to Agrippa, in the island Negropont, and so to Scio and the other isles, to Smyrna, in Asia, and so back again to Venice? Shall I return to Zante and the Morea again, and travel about six hundred miles from the Morea shore to Adrianople, and from thence to the Turkish army encamped near it, and through the army to the Grand Seignior himself, and tell ye of one passage for all, to conclude ye for ever?
Mary Fisher, a servant of the Lord, a maiden Friend, being moved of the Lord to go and deliver. His Word to the Great Turk, who with his army lay encamped near Adrianople, went thitherwards to Smyrna; but being hindered in her passage that way by the English Ambassador, who sent her back to Venice, passed by land from the sea-coasts of the Morea to Adrianople aforesaid very peaceably, without any abuse or injury offered in that long distance of about five or six hundred 'miles. Being come to Adrianople, near unto which was the Great Turk and his army, she acquainted some of the citizens with her intent, and desired some of them to go with her; but, when none of them dared to go, fearing his displeasure, she passed alone, and coming near the camp, procured a man to inform at the tent of the Great Vizier, or chief general of the army, that there was an English woman who had something to declare from the Great God to the Great Turk,—who soon sent her word that she should speak with him the next morning. So she returned to the city that night, and the next morning came to the camp, and so to the Great Turk, who, being with his great men about him, as he uses to be when he receives ambassadors, sent for her to come in; and, she coming before him, he asked her, “Whether it was so as he had heard, that she had something to say to him from the Lord ?" She answered him, “Yea." Then he bade her speak on, having three interpreters by him; and, when she stood silent for a little while, waiting on the Lord as to when to speak, he, supposing that she might be fearful to utter her mind before them all, asked her, “Whether she desired that any might go forth before she spoke?” She answered, “Nay." Then he bade her speak the Word of the Lord to them, and not to fear, for they had good hearts, and could hear it; and strictly charged her to speak the Word she had to say from the Lord, neither more nor less, for they were willing to hear it, be it what it would. Whilst she was speaking what the Lord had put into her mouth to say, they all gave diligent heed, with much soberness and gravity, till she had done; and then, he asking her, “Whether she had any more to say?" she asked him, “Whether he understood what she had said?" He replied, “Yes, every word;" and further said, “that it was truth," and desired her to stay in that country, saying, “That they could not but respect such an one as should take so much pains to come to them, so far as from England, with a message from the Lord," and proffered her a guard, to bring her unto Constantinople, whither she intended. Which she accepted not, trusting in the Arm of the Lord, which had brought her thither and had prospered her work, to bring her back. He told her, “It was dangerous travelling, especially for such a one as she, and wondered that she had passed so safe as far as she had," saying, “it was in respect and kindness to her that he proffered it, and that he would not for anything she should come to the least hurt in his dominions,'—a worthy expression of so great a prince. They were also desirous of more words than she had freedom to speak, and they asked her, “What she thought of their prophet, Mahomet?” She replied, “That she knew him not; but the Christ, the True Prophet, the Son of God, who was the Light of the world, and enlighteneth every man that cometh into the world, Him she knew;" and further said, concerning Mahomet, “That they might judge of him to be true or false, according as the words and prophecies he spoke were either true or false;" saying, “If the word that the prophet speaketh come to pass, then shall ye know that the Lord hath sent that prophet; but, if it come not
to pass, then shall ye know that the Lord never sent him;"—to which they confessed and said, “It was truth.” And so she departed, through that great army to Constantinople, without a guard, whitherto she came without the least hurt or scoff, to the commendation and praise of the discipline of that army, the glory of the Great Turk and his great renown, and to your everlasting shame and contempt.
Shall I yet draw near to death, and the gates of the grave, and steer my course from Smyrna to Jerusalem, there I shall find the Turks, at Ramleh, taking George Robinson, a tender youth of London, out of the hands of the Friars, who, by their party coming from Jerusalem, having heard a report of him there, assaulted him in the street, as he was passing through it to Jerusalem, unto which he was moved of the Lord. There also I shall find a man of great account among the Turks, coming to the said George Robinson, when he was at the place of execution, near to the mosque, or their place of worship or temple, to be burned with camels' dung, as is their manner,-a most lingering death,—unto which he was sentenced for being in the temple, and not turning Turk: it being a custom among them, that whoever comes into their temple and turneth not Turk, must die. And thither he was brought against his will, to put him to death; and the priests of Mahomet and much people were expecting when he would turn Turk, and using many arguments and fair promises to that purpose, supposing that for that end he came thither. But he was brought thither for another purpose, which, when the said man in reputation amongst the Turks understood, and a division arose between the Friars and the Turk concerning him, which was of the Lord, who stirred among them for his deliverance, and how they were in order for the bringing of him thither; and how that it was not in his own voluntary will that he came thither, but as he was compelled and carried,-he being quite in the Will of the Lord, and given up unto Him to die,- I shall find that the said chief man among the Turks had him to his house, and entertained him there for several days,—he being a sickly youth, as I have said, and impossible for him, according to appearances, ever to reach Jerusalem,—and said, “Whether he would turn Turk or not, he should not die." And when the Friars, being disappointed of their end, went to Gaza, to the Bashaw there, who was their friend, with many false informations, on purpose to incense him against the said young man, and whom they so incensed that he sent for him, swearing, “That he would kill him with his own hands," I shall find the town of Ramleh making a representation to the Bashaw of the truth of the matter, and of the many injuries the said Friars had offered to the young man, and some of themselves going with it and him; which, the Bashaw understanding, and the truth of the matter, I shall find him, the said Bashaw, fining the Friars in one hundred dollars, to be paid to the said town for the injuries done there, and requiring the Friars to carry him back from Gaza to Ramleh, and from thence to Jerusalem and back again, upon the Friars' own charge, to the port from whence he came. So to Jerusalem he was brought, and before the Cadi, or Turkish governor, and there I shall find him examined by the said governor concerning divers things appertaining to religion, and his coming thither, and his business; and the governor hearing his answers with much moderation and gravity, also what he said did lie upon him from the Lord to that people, and dismissing him, though he was much instigated by the Friars to the contrary. And, after two days, having had much speech with the Friars, who rejected his message, and being clear in the sight of God of that place, I shall find the Friars constrained to return him on their own charge, according to the Bashaw's order, as aforesaid. And when he was returning through the said town of Ramleh, I shall find the people of the town following after, and asking the Friars whether he had been at Jerusalem? Who would not believe them, though they said he had, till they heard it out of his own mouth,—for it was their intent, if he had been brought thither, to have kept him, and constrained them to have carried him,—which they understanding from his own mouth, let him pass: thus rising up in judgment to condemn you.