The Hartlib Papers

Title:Copy Letter In Hand B, Sidney Beare To [Balthazar Gerbier?]
Ref:10/2/45A-46B: 46B BLANK
Notes:G.H. Turnbull (Hartlib Dury and Comenius, 1947, p. 60) mentions a copy letter from Beare to Gerbier.

I have received a lettere from yow vnder cover of Mr Hartlibs, who has likwise communicated vnto me your letter to him, on the sight whereof I presently sought out Mr Sanderson who also shewed thee his lettere, I desired for the sattisfaction to know what he had done at Bednall green where hee assured mee he had proceded with all the fairnesse and openesse as the Law in such cases does require, that he had inventoried the Goods, at least as many as Mrs Host, and the daughter a vouched to be Mr kipps in the presence of them, &2 wittnesses more, and what papers, &writings they had not time to peruse, remaine lock't up and all the Goods secured together in one Roome leaving only out a proportion for the present vse of Mrs Deborah, &those in the house, he told mee further that it was farre from his thought to doe yow any prejudice, whom he had alwayes soe much labour'd to serve, &as he conceived expressed it effectually in your absence, having by continuall lendings of mony &paines other wayes, assisted Mr Kipp in his troubles that he is soe farre from a desire of intermedling beyond the Office of friendship that he shall be very glad my Lady who is sole Executor by Mr Kipps Will will either come over, or send a procuration whereby he may be freed and hee shall willingly resigne all (his iust Debts being first paid or secured that his bing in your house is not other wayes then as a securitie made over to him by Mr Kipp in his life time, &his expence and charges now above it is only to make it Tennantable, that it may not be vselesse to yow and him also, for it is much out of repaire and the fences all broke, through Mr Kipps vnwillingnes to disburse monyes; in all which he assures me he hath noe other aime in the world but to secure himselfe &doe the part of a friend to yow. The Will is not yet proud, [catchword: nor]

nor doe I thinke he will be hasty in it, being not witling to meddle further then of necessity he must, till yow give Order, but he tells mee he will enter a Caveat to prevent others The will is of Mr Kipps owne drawing &indeed (as I vnderstand) the same my Lady saw when she was here, wherin shee is Executur &Mr Sanderson and myselfe Overseers. thus Sir I have given you a full relation of what Mr Sanderson tells mee, whereof I should have beene as well a wittnesse as a relator, had the occasions of my present service permitted, but it happened in a time of trouble, that we were quartered with some hundreds of souldiers as still we are, soe that I could not be absent a moment, &therefore I must begg your pardon if I appeared not in the occasion of your service, being very tender how I interesse my selfe in any thing that I have not time or ability to give a good account off: Sir I can say noe more on that subject, only I will presse Mr Sanderson to send yow as soone as [he? altered] can a particular of the Inventory, and what he expects and accordingly how to proceed. I am sorry I cannot contribute any thing more to your contentment by reason of the many distractions that are amongst vs which leaves mee without time, though not affection to serve yow further in this particular; &soe Sir with the tender of my best service, &respects to my Lady as I take my leave and rest.
                           your very humble servant
                                       Sidney Beere
Mr Sanderson will endeavour to place Mrs Deborah according to your desir with[altered] Mr Dormer and thereof give yow an account.

For Bills and Bonds Mr Sanderson says there are some but not to any considerable vallew, &the [talleys? altered] are safe alsoe but all fals very short of expectation.
For ready, Monyes I can witnesse that Mr Kipp said when I was last with him that he had noe more then the 5 s Mrs Deborach spoke of and that he hoped that [hee? altered] would see the taxe paid that gave occasion for the question.