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

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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1980-453

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Glossary: print

Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use just "prints."

Glossary: asthma

A common condition in which the airways go into spasm and become constricted. It causes wheezing, coughing and difficulty in breathing. It is often a reaction to hypersensitivity, but can also be triggered by exercise or stress.

Glossary: spa

A resort with mineral springs which are thought to have properties that help cure or soothe illnesses.