Mary Clarke to

Edward Clarke

30th April 1687

my deare

I receved your letter by Thomass Welshman and this day that from London and am heartily glad to heare you got well theare and found all our frends well and was able to give so good an acount of our sone John and heare came another for you from Mr Locke a long letter, and I beleve a pretty deal of it to little purpose besides Mr Strattens business and that I beleve you have had a great part of in former letters, he sess he has receved Dr Sidnams book and he wonder he heares no more from Adryan who in his last of ancient date talkes of another viage, he hopes he has given you the Carolina constitutions with the additions to them which he desires you to lay up safe for him and prays you not to forgett to put the minnitts of aconomy and husbandry into the square box and he begs the favor of you whilst in town to pay Mr Churchill what he had laid out for a hatt he sent him; he desires you also to consider if you think it convenient to have any of the breed of the Freeseland sheep and whether it be best to have a ewe and a ram or 2 ewes after they have taken ram and are with young that order may be taken accordingly, he allsoe sess a great deal of trees and some further orders he gives about the tree he ordered to be cutt but I think it is needless to troble you about it wheare you are and besides I know not wheare you may not be home agen by that time, he also sess a great deale about our sone much to the same purpose as formerly but now I resoule never to wonder yt he has lived so long a battcheller he being so hard to resoule of any thing; he sess he cant tell which to do whether to be glad or sorry that we have gott a tutor for him or not, for it is so hard to gett a good one that it is allmost impossoble, and if we have got a good one we ought to vallew him as a great jewell, but he sess in truth it is so hard to gett such a one that if it was to do agen he would put me in such a way that I should teach him Latten as well as any tuter of them all, I confess I cannot conceve how the greatest philosopher of them all should make me know how to teach that I dont know my selfe, but I am very glad he had not this maggatt before, for of all his advice I think this of haveing a tutur was the best and I hope will be for his advantage, for the way he was in would have ruinned him for in your absence, he valued not what I said neither was it possoble I should ever have taught him Engliss much more Latten, and I hope Mr Duilly will prove if possible such a man as Mr Locke may like; I do not see anything yett but that he is very soberly inclined and is very desirous to forward Master as much as he can and in what way you will proscribe, so I think now I have given you an acount of what is most meteriall in the letter but if you have a mind to see it I will inclose it and send it you, if you give me your order, at the bottom of it I find that he desires of you whilst in town to call at the printers for the 4th book De Intellectu which he ordered to be left with him for you ; and if one Mr Moll be still in towne by whome he sent these to things he beggs the favor of you to send him a peruke by him of a middle color betwixt black and flaxen You will heare of Mr Moll at Mr John Ward's a marchant on Laurence Puntry Hill; I have nothing of our one afaires at present to aquaint you with and thearefore will conclude as I really am, your most affectionate and faithfull wife

M Clarke