Mary Clarke to

John Locke

London 16th January 1685

dear sir

I have received a thousand favours from you, for which I ought to return you my thanks by every opportunity, but now in particular I am to thank you for the great care you have taken in writing and sending the directions How to bring up my little boy, by which you have infineately obliged both his father and me, who shall be very carefull to observe and follow every perticular of it, and I hope that will incourage you to wright a second part, and that will be as great a sattisfacktion as can be next conversing with you. I am in great hopes when you return hither again we shall have as much of your company as any of your friends and that you will oblige us in making use of the apartment that you made choyce of in our house and is ever since reserved a purpose for you. And I am sure you can take no better a way to keep Mr Clarke's vapors from returning than to let him see that his building proves any ways serviceable to one that he has so great a valew for as yourself. And I have one thing more to tempt you, which is the best turnips and carrots that ever wase eaten; and instead of makeing walkes of them, I thinke they have walked for all our friends theareabouts have robbed us of them. And that they might be sure not to be denied, great-bellied women have pretended to long for them, and I cannott blame them, for if you will beleive me I think them the best that ever wase eat. Your mistres is now very prety company.

Mary Clarke