Mary Clarke to

Edward Clarke

13th April 1700


This being the day of the month that was our wedding day I thought I could not spend it better then in wrighting to you and our children that are absent from us; but do wish Bettyes journey and our desires may be prosperous and that we may all be content in what soever state we are, I am sure my indevers are very honest and without any desire whatsoever more then to prevent what reflections I shall be able to make to disquiett myself afterwards if she should dispose of herself contrary to your consent which I think marriing of her yourself a sure way to prevent, but if I thought theare might be no danger of any such thing I should be very glad to have her conversation, she being very good company and have a great deal of cence; and every one of them have theyr severall offices and are usefull to me espeshally her, she being my secretary and reader of news and all sorts of things upon any occation , for we have had all this winter our proper times for everything in our chamber what is good and in the evening while Nanny and I did work she red playes and what else deverted us which made the long nights pass a way the more pleasently to us all; and I think it was very happy that my cozen Moss happened to come to spend some time heare at Bettys going away or else Nanny would have bin more uneasey that Betty should have had all the pleasure of going abrode, and she have none, and I am of the mind by that time you have well disposed of your eldest daughter it will be time for you to think of this, who you know is but a year younger, and both taller and biger to her countinance constitution and habetts of body more like a healthy countrey girl of 4 or 5 and twenty then 17; but I hope Mr Clarke you do not take it amiss of me that I have or do say so much on the subject for if they are large and lusty of theyr age it is what they cannot help and once what you despared of having, thearfore now as we have brought them to this bigness we must provide the best we can for them; I thank God all are well heare only Jepp has got a little sore throte; and J Gardner continues very bad of his grevance I mentioned to you in my last letter; what the occation of it is or what the end of it will be I know not; John Spreat and Phill with the horses came safe home last night and had a very good journey and left Betty and all at Sutton well and when I have had oppertunity to talk with J S you shall have an account but tis thought by some that the gentleman is gone to London to corte a lady.

M Clarke