F. 80. Inf.
1004. Audoenus Ludovicus, Archdeacon of Cambrai, to D. Speciano, apostolic protonotary.
I wish to recommend to you Dom. John Berbloeum, an English clerk of Rochester, doctor of Common Law, who spent five years at Bologna and took an excellent degree, and won great applause to the glory of that University by his public disputations at the re-opening of the studies or the arrival of students from some other University or any public function in the schools. He is learned in philosophy, skilled in law, a fluent speaker, modest, gentle, upright, of keen intelligence, sound judgment and a hard worker, and indefatigable. His father frequently called him home to England, as it were to the fleshpots of Egypt, but he remained in voluntary exile for the sake of the Catholic faith. He wishes to devote the remainder of his days, I believe he is barely forty, to the ecclesiastical life, if he can find a suitable benefice or office worthy of his education, and he might even bring over his father to the Catholic communion if what was given to him would suffice for both. I have tried long and often at Rome for him, but have not yet succeeded. Cardinal Paleotus favours him and has often used his work, but has not yet provided for him, perhaps from lack of opportunity. The whole Christian world knows the great qualities of Cardinal Borromeo, the light of our age, and I doubt not but he can find a place for a labourer in the Lord's vineyard worthy of this man; I ask for this and shall esteem it a favour to myself. I have no doubt that it will redound to the service of the Church of God.
From my house at Rome, the 28th June, 1577.