Mary Clarke to

Edward Clarke

19th December 1702

my deare

In my last I acquainted you with what company I had heare which have remained with us ever since and not till yesterday in the afternoon the young gentleman had the corage to let me know his errant and then with a great deal of modesty and respect he took me aside and told me that I might very well wonder at his long stay heare, being a perfect stranger, but my daughter that he had once the honer to see at Holcombe was the lodestone and a great deal on that subjectt but yet he had not sed anything to her on that subject untill he had acquainted me with it and that he doupted not but that all things on both sides would answare to sattisfacktion for his part he should not be wanting in settling a joynture; I gave him thanks for his respect to my daughter but that I could say very little in the matter for notwithstanding you was but little heare yet I did not act in things of much less consiquence then this without your knowledge and aprobation, then he prayed me that I would aquaint you with his desires I told him if that was his desire it was much better for him to do it himself, then he desired that I would give him directtion how to wright to you and give him leave to wait on my daughter in the meantime, I told him I thought he was better to defer that till he had an answare from you to his request he sed that might be a long time, I told him in a weekes time the post would bring an answare so he seemed to think that an age and prayed me to be his advocate to plead for him that it might be as speedy as posoble, so I told him I would let you know what discorse we had which I have faithfully done and do wish that all things may end for the best and everything may answare your expecttation; as to the persen of the man I think their can be no exception and I beleve he likes hers or sure he would not have made his first visit so long, pray direct me how I am to proseed and behave myself for the future in this matter , he asked me wheare I thought you would come soon into the countrey, I told I thought not, for you had derected me to come to London soon after Crismas.

Then I gave Mr Jones the directtions in J Spreats wrighting how to send to you he seemed to be in doupt wheare he should wright or wait on you in persen very soon or both; he is very earnest to wait on B agen but I desired him not to till he had your leave.

M Clarke