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Glyn expressed confusion about this fellow as there are two, a senior and a junior. The senior (d.1662) was the Polish/Prussian refugee and lived c.1658 in Axe Yard and responded to the revolutionary spirit of the '40s and '50s by publishing schemes of social, political and economic reform for the consideration of the authorities-'disseminating useful knowledge interfused with messianic speculations.' His son Samuel was a friend of Pepys and one of his 'old club' of government clerks. At first an underclerk to the Council of State and later to the Privy Council, he had moved by 1666 to a post at the Hearth Office. In 1672 he was briefly imprisoned in the Tower, presumably on a political charge. The elder Hartlib's daughters married members of his own circle of foreign-born virtuosi-CLodius and Rothe. (L&M companion, p.169).

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