'Matthew Chancellor's Dream', print, England, 1751

1751 in Glastonbury
G Hewitt

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Broadside: Matthew Chancelor's DREAM, Being a True Information given by him concerning The Discovery of the Glastonbury
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Broadside: Matthew Chancellor's DREAM, Being a True Information given by him concerning The Discovery of the Glastonbury Waters. Letterpress of Chancellor's Oath witnessed 27th April, 1751. Printed by G. Hewitt Glastonbury, mid 18th century. 26x21cm.

This is the sworn statement of Matthew Chancellor (b. 1693), describing a dramatic dream which occurred in October 1750. He reported that the existence of healing waters at Glastonbury in Somerset, England, had been revealed to him in the dream and that he was directed to drink the waters for seven successive Sundays. He followed the instructions and claimed that as a result his asthma had been cured after thirty long years. The statement was made and witnessed on 27 April 1751. His find was capitalised on and a pump house was built over the waters in 1754, turning Glastonbury into a short lived spa town.

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