Some, Thomas (DNB00)

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SOME or SOLME, THOMAS (fl. 1540–1550), protestant divine, born about 1510, was probably the canon of St. Osyth's, Essex, who in 1535 wrote a letter (extant in Cotton. MS. Cleop. E. iv. 8) to Cromwell, begging to be released from monastic life. He had, he said, been compelled to receive the habit in his fourteenth year by the threats of his schoolmaster, and for twelve years he had borne unwillingly the yoke of religion. He adopted advanced protestant views, and about 1540 published a ‘Traetys callyde the Lordis flayle, handlyde by the Bushops poure thresshere, Thomas Solme,’ n. d., printed ‘at Basyl by me Theophyll Emlos,’ 8vo (Brit. Mus.). Soon afterwards he was ‘imprisoned upon the thirty-nine articles’ (Strype, Eccl. Mem. I. i. 567), and in July 1546 the ‘Lord's Flail’ was one of the books burnt by Bonner, in accordance with the king's proclamation (Foxe, Actes and Mon. v. 568, 839). After the accession of Edward VI Some became an active and popular preacher. In 1549 he ‘gathered, writ, and brought into light the famous sermons of Master Hugh Latimer,’ i.e. the ‘Seven Sermons,’ London, 1549, 8vo, for which Some wrote an introduction, dedicating the work to Catherine Grey, duchess of Suffolk. In 1551 he appended verses to the ‘Preservative or Triacle’ of William Turner [q. v.], dean of Wells; but the work on justification which he promised in his ‘Lord's Flail’ does not appear to have been published. Some appears to have fled on Mary's accession, and to have died abroad. He has been frequently confused with Thomas Soulemont or Solme [q. v.]

[Authorities cited; works in Brit. Mus. Lib.; Tanner's Bibl. s.v. ‘Sulmo;’ Bale, ix. 32; Pits, p. 733; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. i. 149; Hazlitt's Colls., i. 393; Latimer's Works (Parker Soc.), i. xiv, 81.]

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