Mary Clarke to

Edward Clarke

10th February 1700

JS

I thank God the pains is pretty well gone but apt to returne agen upon the least occation, indeed it was so severe that it almost took away my breath and forst me to make such a groning that it waked both my poore little boys that lay by mee who showed more concern and tenderness for me than I could expect from theyr years or ever receve from any of theyr predicessers; I could not perswade them to go to sleep agen that night one lying and crying, the other saying he thought it was not fit for him to sleep when his mama was so ill; indeed the finding the children so affected and the consideration of what ill consequence my illness might be to them was a little mortifying to me, who do think my life so usefull to none as to them, poor little creatures; I heartily rejoyce that in the midst of the great fevear you have had your health so well to go throw it, I pray God you may allways injoy that blessing both in body and mind. I am sorry the gentleman mentioned still labors under the ill efect of the rumatissam but though it be tedious yett I think it is a distemper that seldom kills anybody; if Betty was well marryed I think Nanny if she can be so contented may stay something longer, she being two or three years behind her.


M Clarke