“The commissioners intrusted with the visitation were chiefly laymen. The kingdom was apportioned among several committees, in each of which there was one clerical member. Jewell held this place in the committee appointed to visit the dioceses of Sarum, Bristol, Bath and Wells, and Gloucester—a district including Devonshire, his own native county.
"The method of visitation was by progress through the district, holding sittings at every principal town, and making the requisite examinations and inquiries relative to the neighboring parishes, both in writing, and by personal inspection. Jewell's committee began this progress on the 1st of August,1559, and were occupied in its prosecution until the 30th of October; travelling more than seven hundred miles in the interval.”