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faire revenewes and large possession left to them
by their ancestors, are forced to hide their heads
like Conies, in little caves and in unfrequented
places : or else being almost windles, by running
after sensuall pleasures too feircely, they are
glad (for keeping them-selves in breath so long
as they can) to fal to Ferret-huntings yt is to
say, to take up commodities. No warrant can
bee graunted for a Bucke in this /arrest, but it
must passe under these five hands.

1 He that hunts up and downe to find game,
is called the Tumbler.

2 The commodities that are taken up are
cald Purse-nets.

3 The Cittizen that selles them is the

4 They that take up are the Rabbit-suckers.

5 He upon whose credit these Rabbit-suckers
runne, is called the Warren.


How the Warren is made.

The After a raine, Conies use to come out of their
warren Holes and to sit nibling on weeds or anything in
of the j.}^g coole of the evening, and after a reveling
when younger brothers have spent all, or in
gaming have lost all, they sit plotting in their
chambers with necessity how to be furnished
presently with a new supply of money. They
would take up any commodity whatsoever, but
their names stand in too many texted letters all-
ready in Mercers and Scriveners bookes : upon
a hundred poundes worth of Roasted beefe they
could finde in their hearts to venture, for that
would away in turning of a hand : but where
shall they find a Butcher or a Cooke that will
let any man runne so much upon the score for
flesh onely ?

Sup / pose therefore that Foure of such loose
fortun'd gallants were tied in one knot, and
knew not how to fasten themselves upon some
welthy cittizen. At the length it runnes into
their heads that such a young Novice (who
daily serves to fill up their company) was never
intangled in any citty limebush : they know his
present meanes to be good, and thos to come to
be great : him therefore they lay upon the
Anvill of their wits, till they have wrought him
like wax, for him-selve as well as for them : to
doe any thing in wax, or indeed till they have
won him to slide upon this ice, (because he
knowes not the danger) is he easily drawne:
for he considers within himselfe that they are all
gentlemen well descended, they have rich


fathers, they weare good clothes, have bin The
gallant spenders, and do now and then (still) let tricks of
it fly freely: hee is to venture uppon no "^ore ^^^l^j^^
rockes than all they, what then should hee
feare ? hee therefore resolves to do it, and the
rather because his owne exhibition runnes low,
and that there lacke a great many wcekes to the
quarter day ; at which time, he shalbe re-
furnished from his father.

The Match being thus agreed upon, one ot
them that has beene an ould Ferret-monger, and
knowes all the trickes of such Hunting, seckes
out a Tumbler, that is to say a fellow, who
beates the bush for them till they catch the
birds, he himselfe being contented (as he pro-
tests and sweares) onely with a few fethers.

The Tumblers Hunting dry-foote.

This Tumbler being let loose runnes SnuflSng
up and downe close to the ground, in the shoppes
either of Mercers, Goldsmithes, Drapers,
Haberdashers, or of any other trade, where hee
thinckes hee may meete with a Ferret : and
tho upon his very first course, hee can find his
game, yet to make his gallants more hungry,
and to thinke he wearies himselfe in hunting the
more, hee comes to them sweating and swearing
that the City- Ferrets are so coaped (thats to
say have / their lips stitched up so close) that
hee can hardly get them open to so great a sum
as five hundred poundes which they desire.
This hearbe beeing chewd downe by the
Rabbit-suckers almost kils their hearts, and is


Tricks worse to them then nabbing on the neckes to
. Ki ^°^'^'^s- They bid him if he cannot fasten his
teeth upon plate or Clorh, or Sillies, to lay
hold on browne paper or Tobacco, Bartholemew
babies, Lute stringes or Hobnailes, or two
hundred poundes in Saint Thomas Onions, and
the rest in mony ; the Onions they coulde get
wenches enough to cry and sell them by the
Rope, and what remaines should serve them with
mutton. Uppon this, their Tumbler trottes uppe
and downe agen, and at last lighting on a Citizen
that will deale^ the names are received, and
delivered to a Scrivener, who enquiring whether
they bee good men and true, that are to passe
uppon the life and death of five hundred poundes,
findes \.\i2Xfoure of the^t'

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