Mordaunt Martin letter

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Address: 'Burnham' [endorsement]. To Dr [John Coakley] Lettsom, Sambrook House, London. Has despatched to Lettsom a parcel of mangelwurzel seeds. Values 'the benefit of your correspondence so highly', but was prevented from answering Lettsom's letter of 3 January by an attack of gallstones, since relieved by pills of soap and rhubarb. Discusses the 'Brown Bread Act' [probably 41 Geo.3.c.16] to which, he says, Lettsom was in some degree accessory; quotes Lettsom and Horne Tooke on the Act; Martin prefers brown bread for his breakfast, using his own wheat 'sifted in the coarsest hair sieve', but deprecates the 'indiscriminate use of it'. Attacks at length the Potato Premium Bill, which had just been rejected, according to 'the paper of this night'; claims that such a bill would force by premiums an unnatural produce on land which the occupiers could use for more profitable crops. Thinks that his and Lettsom's 'hearts will beat in unison' on reading pages 109-110 of the 2nd edition of [Robert] Fellowes's 'Christian Philosophy' [1799].
Autograph, with signature.


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This letter was among the material originally acquired with MS699. A copy of R Fellowes, 'A picture of Christian philosophy' (1799) is available in Senate House Library Special Collections - classmark: Porteus Library Z5