The Hartlib Papers

Title:Letter, Martin Grundman To Hartlib
Dating:21 February 1660

Much Honoured sir
I give you hearty thanks for your two last letters as also for your great care of my two letters that I send to you unto the one wherof I received an answer in your last, unto which also I send you here an answer humbly entreating you to send it away with the first post requiring some haste my wifes father dying in Amsterdam the 10 day of Febr. last nov. st. and I pray set down what you lay out for me it shall be with thanks returned to you if I doe not come shortly myself by some frind. I am hearty sorry for our honoured and good frind mr Dury, but so it is here with vs and since I did wriet to you last I have lost 60 pounds of my meanes the Bishop never so much as inquiring whether I had a tithe or noe and he would haue taken the viccarage from me but that the Lord stood by me and appeared strangely storring up all the Parishoners to stand by me, so that as yet I am in possession and have liberty to preach though the other is gone with the greatest part of the meanes to the greatest dissatisfaction of the people He preached ones here his name is [Hnes?] sir Tho. Middeltons chapplain but the people were ready to pull him out of the pulpit and said that they were not used to such chaffy sermons. Howsoeuer they were resolved many of them to spend all what they had before they would have an other viccar come there especially such an one as he was that did better know what did belong to being drunck then to preach. And therfore unanimously the Parish subscribed the next day a certificate for me of which I send you a copy. the Bishop did acknowledge my tithe and settlement to the viccaradge at last, though he did streife to disanull my ordination not being Episcopal. I had much discours pro et con with him concerning Ceremonies and such like things but I praise my God who stood by me and inabled me to maintain the truth. He also excepted against me being an Allien howsoeuer he told me If I would but conforme this should not prejudice me, otherwise it should. I stand in need of a Denization and I have employed some frinds about it, if they cannot effect it I shall be forced to aske your helping hand. The Lord grant that I may be found amongst his faithfull ones even to the death beahring wittnesse to the truth as it is in Iesus. In the following page you will find some receits against the stone in the bladder if they <may> doe you any good it will much rejoyce me. which if you use them that they may doe shall be the prayer to our Gracious God and Father
                  of your oblieged frind and servant
                       Martinus Grundman
                                      [u propriĆ¢?]
Llandyssell Febr. 21th/60.

       Most soveraine medicines for the stone.
Take the blood of a fox, and annoint the sick bodies yard therewith, and this will breack the stone in the bladder; or take a great root of Radish and pare him, and cut him into fifty round pieces and put them into a dish, and put thereto hony enough, and let it stand all night; and on the morrow eat nine pieces, and the next day eight and then seven, and so abating one every day till all be eaten; and this will breake the stone.
After the stone is broken if it come not all away take two or three drops of the oyl of sulphur in beer ale or white wine, or if need require five drops and drink it and this will bring away the stone. and after that the stone comes away: take one or two good draughts of [amons?] milk for to coole and asway the pain of the uritors which is caused by the heat of the oyl of sulphur. Sir these are well proved and experienced medicines which have helped many. and therfore I shall say no more at present till I heare whether you like them or noe I shall be heartily glad if I may contribute any thing for your health or at least for your ease

          To all Persons whom it may Concern.
Wee whose names are subscribed, being Parishoners and Freeholders of Landyssell in the County of Mountgomery, do certifie that mr Martin Grundman Clerke since the time that He was settled amongst vs as Rector and Viccor of this our said Parish, hath behaved himself soe blamelessly, diligently and faithfully as did become his place and calling, not without much profit and benefit to our souls; in so much that we should be heartily aggrieved to have him taken from vs, and if it so happen that we be deprived of his Ministry, it will be wholly against our minds and wills, and we shall reckon the losse of him to be noe lesse then a judgement upon vs and the place for not prizing the his Ministry as we ought. And although he is a stranger and forraine as to his nativitie; yet (praised be God who sent him among vs) we know his voice, and understand his langvage, and he hath so gone before vs in purity of life and doctrine, as we have delighted to follow him, and we feare that the voice of an other, may be more strange to vs and lesse beneficiall to our Souls. All which out of our true respect to him, and the benefit we have reaped by him we have thought good thus freely to declare, and shall be ready to declare further in his and our owne behalf as there shall be occasion. Wittnesse our hands this 21 day of Ianuarie 1660.
  this was subscribed by mr Robert Griffith a Iustice of Peace
                          Rowland Smith }
                                  &    } Churchwardens
                  Francis [ap?] Reynolds}
  And aboue threescore hands more.

For his honoured and much respected
  Frind mr Samuel Hartlieb at his
  house in Axelyard Kingsstreet
    Westminster these
  [another hand: 9?]