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78                    THE SUSSEX COAST
disliked any expression to which a definite meaning could be attached. A Devonshire coachman work­ing for a Sussexian exactly fulfilled their ideal, and once surpassed himself by the way he stood a volley of questions from a stranger who wished to know about a road. He was sitting on the box of a dog­cart at Hayward's Heath Station, from which emerged a passenger, who asked—
" Which of these roads leads to Cuckfield ? "
" Both of 'em, sir."
" Which is the shortest ? "
" Both about the same, sir."
" Which is the best road ? "
" Not much difference, sir."
" Which is the most convenient to take ? "
" Well, sir. Some says one, some says the other."
" But which do you consider the best ? "
" Well, sir. I can't rightly say I ever considered the question."
Something of this cautious spirit pervades the letter of Bishop Sherburne to Thomas Cromwell.
" After my most hearty recommendations, with like thanks for your manifold kindnesses shewed unto me in times past: Pleaseth it you to be adver­tised that upon Sunday, viz., the 13th day of this instant month of June, after such small talent as God hath lent me, I preached the word of God openly in my Cathedral Church of Chichester, and also published there the King's most dreadful com­mandment concerning (with other things) the uniting of the supreme head of the Church of England unto the Imperial Crown of this realm ; and also the abolishing and secluding out of this realm the enormities and abuses of the Bishop of Rome's
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