Bartholomees van Solts, town doctor 64 On 23 July, 1414, the Maastricht town council and master In honour of the town and with God’s help, he must also cure all Bartholomees van Solts agree that the latter, on his return the town’s workers, such as carpenters, bricklayers, slaters and from his voyage to South Sweden as surgeon on a ship of the other tradesmen who are injured while working in the service of Schonevaarders guild, will remain in Maastricht to undertake the town, when they turn to him. the task of town surgeon (‘meyster of cirrugeriren’). His For the sake of God and in honour of the town he must also care appointment takes effect on 1 October, 1414. In accordance for and cure free of charge all the poor people of the town who with his position, Bartholomees must treat and cure the citizens turn to him for help. and other inhabitants of the town and their families. He will be sworn in and will receive an annual fee of twenty marks, one On 14 September, 1422, bailiffs and sheriffs of both lords and half to be paid at Sint Jan de Doper and the other at Christmas. the mayors, members of the town councils and governors of This will continue as long as he is town doctor. Every year, he all the trades, jointly and unanimously decide that they (…) will receive, for his summer and winter coat, the same annual graciously, because of his current and future faithful service to payment as the peimeesters (town receivers, responsible for the the town and its citizens and because of the dreadful pains he town’s finances), namely nine pond groten, Maastricht rate, for has suffered and is still suffering due to injuries incurred at the each coat. Vrijthof – where he sustained a broken leg – will pay Mr Everard van den Vernenholt, the present mayor, two hundred Rhenish Master Bartholomees must undertake the following duties at the guilders during the next four years, twenty-five guilders every request of mayors and members of the town council”: year at Christmas and twenty-five guilders at Sint-Jan de Doper. March out with the troops, when the town goes into armed (…) Because this is a matter for the town, master Bartholomees battle. It is his task to give first medical care free of charge to van Solts will be asked to refrain from requesting payment now all citizens and their servants when they are wounded in the or later for his treatment of mayor Everard. service of the town. This applies for wealthy citizens, even if they are willing to pay, as well as for the poor. In honour of the town and with God’s help he is to cure all of them when they turn to him.
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