Elizabeth (Betty) Jones to

Edward Clarke

Langford Christmas Day 1705

Honrd Father

I am extremely sorry for your indisposition and my grief is so great, for ye dangerous circumstances of my mothers illness; yt I am not able to speak comfort, either to you or myselfe. this therefore only waites on you with an assurance I daily supplicate Almighty God, for the restoration of both your health; and your being long preserved amongst us; for certainly, we who have lived so long under ye happy influence of two such good parents, must find ye loss of either of them insupportable.

I present you my sincerest wishes, yt ye means used in my mothers behalfe may at last be successfull; and yt ye begining of ye Year may be happy to you, in ye increase of her health, so yt you may be blessed with each other yet a long long time. As none would have a deeper sence of my mothers loss, so none can be more sincere in wishing her recovery, and both yr healths and happyness together; which news yt ye next post may bring me, is ye earnest prayer of Honrd father, yr tenderly affectionate and ever dutyfyll daughter,

E. Jones

My spouse is extremely sorry for yr illness, and for ye cause of ye present affliction you lie under, but hopes it will be soon removed in ye approach of my mothers health. Wee both send yrselfe and her, our humble duty and best wishes, and our true love to my sister and brother.

My sister Mary also sends her humble duty to both, and is under much affliction for the ill news we have of late heard from Chipley.