Mary Clarke to

John (Jack) Clarke

Chipley 16th September 1704

Deare Jack

I am concerned to thinke there should be soe much time past without my writeing to you but your fathers being att home for some time past and company coming more then ordinary have taken up all my days and by resen of a swelling that continually attends my leggs I am not able to borrow any of the nights from lying down; your brother Edward is now heare and all the rest of your brothers and sisters except Jepp who is att Mr Lefavors scoole, they are all well and remember very kindly to you, and your sister Betty is very neare matreymony with a gentleman that lives in this county not farr from Bristoll.

M Clarke

Betty was indeed very near matrimony. In September Peter King's marriage to Anne Seyes had been celebrated at Oates with an elaborate feast arranged by Locke, and on 24 September 1704 Betty married John Jones at Langford Budville near Chipley.