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Cony-Catching - A table of the words of art, used in the effecting these base villainies.

A table of the words of art, used in the effecting these base villainies.

Wherein is discovered the nature of every term, being proper to none but to the professors thereof.

1 High law

Robbing by the highway side.

2 Sacking law


3 Cheating law

Play at false dice.

4 Cross-biting law

Cozenage by whores.

5 Cony-catching law

Cozenage by cards.

6 Versing law

Cozenage by false gold.

7 Figging law

Cutting of purses, & picking of pockets.

8 Barnard's law

A drunken cozenage by cards.


These are the eight laws of villainy, leading the high way to infamy.

In high law.

The thief is called a high lawyer.
He that setteth the watch — a scrippet.
He that standeth to watch — an oak
He that is robbed — the Martin
When he yieldeth — stooping.

In sacking law.

The bawd, if it be a woman — a pander
The bawd, if a man — an apple squire
The whore — a commodity
The whore house — a trugging place.

In cheating law.

Pardon me gentlemen,for although no man could better than myself discover this law and his terms,and the name of their cheats, barddice, flats, forgers, langrets, gourds, demies,and many other, with their nature, & the crosses and contraries to them upon advantage, yet for some special reasons, herein I will be silent.

In cross-biting law

The whore — the traffique
The man that is brought in — the simpler.
The villains that take them — the cross-biters.

In cony-catching law

The party that taketh up the cony — the setter.
He that playeth the game — the verser
He that is cozened — the cony
He that comes in to them — the barnacle
The money that is won — purchase

In versing law.

He that bringeth him in — the verser
The poor countryman — the cozen
And the drunkard that comes in — the suffier

In Figging law.

He that bringeth him in — a nip
He that is half with him — the snap
The knife — the cuttle bung
The pickpocket — a foin
He that faceth the man — the stall
Taking the purse — drawing
Spying of him — smoking
The purse — the bung
The money — the shells
The Act doing — striking

In Barnard's law.

He that fetcheth the man — the taker
He that is taken — the cozen
The landed man — the verser
The drunken man — the Barnard
And he that makes the fray — the rutter.


Cum multis aliis quζ nunc prζscribere longum est. <8>

            These quaint terms do these base arts use to shadow their villainy withal: for, multa latent quζ non patent,<9> obscuring their filthy crafts with these fair colours, that the ignorant may not espy what their subtlety is: but their end will be like their beginning, hatched with Cain, and consumed with Judas: and so bidding them adieu to the devil, and you farewell to God, I end. And now to the art of cross-biting.

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