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1367 Not the fastest scribe

Although there can be no doubt that Adam's work was held in high regard, he did tend to let the rigours of personal study get in the way of his role as Prior of Students. In this latter, taken from Pantin's transcription of letters relating to the Black Monks, the prior of Norwich begs a fellow prior, possibly the president of the Benedictine Chapter to be patient. Clearly Adam Easton had not delivered his work, a legal opinion, on time, but in the opinion of the prior, it was much better to let Adam do the job properly than allow some less able scholar make a mess of it more promptly! And in the meantime the Benedictines were kept waiting.....

 

.......Super quibus et quare tam tarder vobis rescripsimus, ad vestram paternitatem reverendam pro excusacione nostra dilectum confratrem et commonachum nostrum fratrem Adam de eastone latorem presencium destinamus cui super premissis et aliis vestre paternitati reverende ex parte nostra ortenus plenius exponendis fidem si placet adhibere curetis, et si quid plenes nos fieri colueritis id quantum nobis erit possibile fieri faciemus. Ad regimen dominici gregis vobis commissi vos conservet incolumen omnium Pastor bonus.....