(from The Chalice Well Messenger no.2 1967 – this account is a faithful copy of records in the British Museum made by a Companion of Chalice Well)
Here is a recorded example of a cure effected at Glastonbury, when great excitement was caused by many sensational cures.
MATTHEW CHANCELLOR, of the Parish of NORTH WOOTON, three miles N.E. of Glastonbury in the County of Somerset, Yeoman, doth hereby declare, that he hath made Oath before one of His Majesties Justices of the Peace, That about the Middle of October last, he had a violent fit of ASTHMA, in the Night-Time.
After which he fell on sleep, and dreamed that he was some way above CHAIN-GATE, in the Road above the Wall of GLASTONBURY ABBEY-GATE, where he saw some of the finest of water in the Horse-Track, He imagined he kneeled immediately and drank some of it.
A Dream Apparition
As soon as he was raised again on his Legs, there was seemingly a Person stood by him, pointing with his Finger and saying
TAKE YOU A CLEAN GLASS, AND DRINK YOU OF THIS WATER, A GLASS FULL SEVEN SUNDAYS FOLLOWING IN THE MORNING FASTING, AND YOU WILL FIND A PERFECT CURE OF YOUR DISORDER.
He asked, why Seven Sundays in the Morning?
The reply came, The World was made in six Days, and on the Seventh God Almighty rested from his Labour, and blessed it above all other Days. Moreover, he said,
Where this water descends from, is holy Ground, where a Vast Number of Saints and Martyrs have been buried; when he added something concerning the Baptism of the ever Blessed Jesus in the River Jordan.
He is not certain whether it was Wednesday or Thursday Night he thus dreamed; but the Sunday following he went to GLASTONBURY, and took a clean Glass, went to the Shoot, dipt the Glass into the Shoot three several Times, drank to the value of half a Noggin, and returned God Thanks.
He so continued every Sunday till the Seven Sundays were expired; From which Time he thought himself perfectly cured of that Disorder, which he laboured under more than 30 Years.
This is a true Account of my Case, etc as witness my hand.
(Countersigned by Tho. Blenman, Practitioner in Physick near Wells and the person making the enquiries details questioning of this patient in a special interview with him to test the story but finds his character to be much better than the characters of those who currently maligned him.)