Edward Clarke to

Edward Clarke snr

London 3rd March 1670

deare father

I yesterday received your letter, which though it was full of the manifest expressions of your great love and care towards mee, ( for which I humbly thank you ) yet therein allsoe to my great discomfort and sorrow found that you are not only something displeased with mee for the expenses I have put you to since I came to London, but that you allsoe think I was prodigall in the management of those summs of money which you were pleased to bestow uppon mee in Oxon, which (God knows my heart) I allwayes to the utmost of my power endeavoured to expend in those things which my tutor and I thought might bee most for my present credit and advantage there, and for my future reputation; and though I have since I came to London bought mee a cloake and sword, yet I doe assure you that I never intended either for that purpose as I to my great greife find by your letter you thought I did, to ramble the streets in, but I bought them as things absolutely necessary for mee in London though I seldom make use of either, for I am now in commons and have noe where to goe but from my chamber to the Temple, where I hope by my future carriage those that know mee will be able to testifie you I do not walke the streets more then necessity forces mee to; I have seen Mr Warrs gown, but its old, rotten and not fit to bee worn, but Mr Venner has desired mee to accept of his gown, (which is a very creditable one it being almost new and of the same mode with those which the students weare in the Temple,) and make use of it as if it were my owne, which is all at present, from your obedient sonne,

Ed Clarke