The Hartlib Papers

Title:Copy Letter In Hand ?, John Dury To [Mr Kendrick]
Dating:19 June 1640
Notes:Turnbull (HDC p212/3) says to Mr Kendrick.

Worthy Sir
This day I have received from your Cousin Mr. Aldersee the payment of the bill of exchange, which you made over unto me by him; the summe whereof[altered] your beneficence did augment without all desert on my part towards you. for long a goe Mr. Hartlieb did tell mee of the liberallitie which you used after you heard of my returne from Brunswick; for which long a goe I should et would also have given you thancks, if I had not purposely differred this duetie till this time of the receipt of the mony, that when I beginne actually to make use of the fruits of your charitie, then I might acknowledge more fully et affectionatly Gods goodnesse in your benevolence. et the cause why the mony was not sooner received was not in Mr Aldersee but in my self, that did not crave it till now, because I would not have it ly by mee, nor in myne owne hand till I should have necessarie use for it: for seeing God will have me to live without farther care then for the present necessities, et will not allow mee any other stocke or sufficiencie of provision to trust unto more then his providence, therefore I am very willing to take that for the lotte of mine inheritance, et so letting every day care by for it selfe, I study to have nothing but that [catchword: which]

which necessity doth command me to use for the present. if we could bring our minds to rest fully upon this resolution, et withall not to bee carelesse in the duties of our calling, but provide in due season as the pismire doth in sommer for the winter, et that without careing care, it would be a great part of our felicity, et an excersise of our heart to walke[altered from walcke] by faith. but also we are fearefull et never at rest[altered from rests] in our minds, when we see not a competencie laid up in store for us, to which in our owne opinion wee may bee able to trust: then perhaps if we bee not covetous we will sette our minds at rest: but if we love mony we never shall be satisfied with the purchase of it, because it is naturall to the passion of love never to wearie or to be without desire towards that which is its object. if then the things of this present life, the concupiscence of our eyes, or the concupiscence of our flesh, or the pride of life bee our beloved objects, upon which our heart is sett, wee shall never be satiated with the same as long as we live, partly these things cannot fill the soule that hath an immortall desire, for it can never have enough of them so as to rest truely thereon, partly because a man can never draw his mind from thinking, nor his heart from lusting after that which he truely doth love; et if he never can leave of thincking of it, et lusting after it [catchword: he]

he can never bee filled with it. et in very did, whatsoever a man doth love really & truely from his heart, hee cannot but love it infinitely, because there is an endlesse affection et passion in all true love, whether it be spirituall or earthly: for which cause we ought the more carefully to take heed unto our hearts[altered from heart], least wee pitch upon an object which will deceive us. for verily all outward apparent things are meere deceits, for they have no more but a shew of being et goodnesse in them without all substance. this shew fastens upon the outward senses of the earthly man, et the allurements of his fancy stirreth up in his affections a false life, which is no more but the agitation[altered from agitations] of the powers of the sensitive soule, which hath a being in the harmonie of the outward Elements et constellations of this world, which will be brought to nought, et so will be found to bee no true life, nor substantiall good thing worthy of mans love who is made for eternity, et cannot truely have rest but in the apprehension of that which is eternall. therefore if we could learne to be rich in God, et not trust to any thing which we doe possesse, but use it, as if it were not our owne, then we should not be deceived in it, et would see what the providence of God doth for us, which now we are not able to take notice of. this I say to exercise my heart in that contented- [catchword: -nesse]

-nesse whereunto I hope by the grace of God to attaine, when I shall learne both <H?: how> to abound, et how to be in want through <H?: the> all sufficiencie of our heavenly Father, who will never leave to care for all his children, onely lett us have that care which we ought, to bee his children, et all will bee well. I can retribute nothing <H?:to you> for your good will et assistance to my worke, but my prayers, that this et all other your fruits of righteousnesse may be a meanes of Ioy et comfort unto you in the evill dayes through the assistance of Gods spirit, who is the earnest of our redemtion. His fatherly care et protection be over you in all your wayes, remember my worke et my selfe in your prayers who am
                               Your obliged servant
                                    in Christ
Hamburg this 19th of Iune
    Anno 1640.                                Iohn Durye.