From Lovayne I tooke my journey towardes Paris A. 1550, the 15 day of July, and came to Paris the 20 day of that moneth. Where, within a few daies after (at the request of some English gentlemen, made unto me to doe somewhat there for the honour of my country) I did undertake to read freely and publiquely Euclide’s Elements Geometricall, Mathematicè, Physicè, et Pythagoricè ; a thing never done publiquely in any University of Christendome. My auditory in Rhemes Colledge was so great, and the most part elder then my selfe, that the mathematicall schooles could not hold them ; for many were faine, without the schooles at the windowes, to be auditors and spectators, as they best could helpe themselves thereto. I did also dictate upon every proposition, beside the first exposition. And by the first foure principall definitions representing to the eyes (which by imagination onely are exactly to be conceived), a greater wonder arose among the beholders, than of my Aristophanes Scarabeus mounting up to the top of Trinity-hall in Cambridge ut supra. Of this mathematical reading very many testimonies lye here before you. In that University of Paris, were at that tyme above forty thousand accounted studientes ; some out of every quarter of Christendome being there. Among these very many of all estates and professions were desirous of my acquaintance and conference, as Orontius, Mizaldus, Petrus Montaureus, Ranconetus, Danesius, Jacobus Sylvius, Jacobus Goupylus, Turnebus, Straselius, Vicomercatus, Paschasius Hamelius, Petrus Ramus, Gulielmus Postellus, Fernelius, Jo. Magnionus, Johannes à Pena, &c. as by letters lying on the table may partly appeare. There I refused to be one of the French kinge’s mathematicall readers, with 200 French crownes yearely stipend offred me, if I would stay for it ; I refused likewayes a good stipend of Monsieur Babeu ; and a better than that, of Monsieur de Rohan ; and a better than that, of Monsieur de Monluc, who was then sent ambassadour to the Great Turk. And not only in Lovayne and Paris Universities hath God sent me good credit and estimation with the favour and love of very many (noble lovers of good learning, or well learned themselves), but also in Orleans, Collen, Hædelberg, Strasburg, Verona, Padoa, Ferrara, Bononia, Urbino, Roma, and (to conclude herein) in many other universities, cities, and townes of Christendome ; as may appeare by the multitude of letters and other recordes lying here to be seene and perused in this case ; from anno 1547 till and in this present yeare of 1592. To be most briefe therefore as concerning my forraine credit, it may suffice me, a poore studious gentleman, for my forraine credit for ever ; that in this tract of my studious race I might have served five Christian Emperors ; namely, Charles the Fifth, Ferdinand, Maximilian, this Rodulph, and this present Moschovite : of everyone their stipendes directly or indirectly offered, amounting greater each, then other ; as from 500 dollars yearely stipend to a 1000, 2000, 3000 ; and lastly, by a Messenger from this Russian or Moschovite Emperor, purposely sent, with a very rich present, unto me at Trebona castle, and with provision for the whole journey (being about 1200 myles from the castle, where I lay) of my coming to his court at Moskow (with my wife, children, and my whole family) there to enjoy at his Imperial handes £2000 sterling yearely stipende ; aud of his protector yearely a thousand rubbles ; with my diet also to be allowed me free out of the Emperour’s owne kitchin : and to be in dignity with authority amougst the highest sort of the nobility there, and of his privy-councellors, &c. Of this last great preferment offered, many Englishmen, yet living, and in this kingdome, be witnesses : the Landgrave of Hesse-Cassell his letter is ready to be shewed, and other letters of men of credit can be sufficient testimonie ; besicles the forerunner to seek me, and the embassadours or messengers, their owne writings thereof here lyes. Note, the Commissioners jointly read two of the testimonies of the Moscovite’s great offers and promise.