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Table Talk by John Selden, 1689

'Table Talk', a selection of sayings attributed to John Selden by his amanuensis, Richard Milward, first published posthumously in 1689, included the words:

'Religion is made a Juggler's paper; now 'tis a Horse; now 'tis a Lanthorn; now 'tis a Boat; now 'tis a Man. To serve Ends, Religion is turned into all Shapes.'

which sounds very like a reference to Troublewit, except that Troublewit as we know it cannot form the figures of a horse or a man. This may therefore be a reference to another form of Troublewit which is otherwise unknown to us, or to the known form of Troublewit but somewhat enhanced by the author's imagination.