Edward Clarke to

Mary Clarke

London 22nd November 1705

My Deare

The continuance of yr illnesse is the greatest affliction and greife to me that ever I did know in all my life, but I still hope, by the blessing of God, on the meanes used, you will be restored againe to yr former health, to my comfort and support, which I most earnestly and heartily pray for; I have layd out all manner of wayes to gett a conveyance to you, but can hitherto meete with none but by the Taunton coach ye next weeke, wch I intend by Gods help to imbrace, and to come to you, in the meane time I begg there may be nothing omitted that can bee done for yr preservation on which the comfort of my life soe much depends; I am soe much concern'd that I cannot enlarge on this subject and therefore conclude with my most sincere and hearty prayers for you who am yr truly affectionate and faithfull husband

Edw. Clarke

My true love to you and my children