Mary Clarke to

John Spreat

London 24th May 1690

dear sir

According to my promise I am to give you an account of the remaining part of my travells to London which I thanke God was with better sucksess then the begining, the day that you left Mr Stringers by Dr Thomasses advice I keep my bead all day and when I rose att night found my legg rather wors then better by which meanes I was earnestly importuned by Mr Stringer and his lady not to goe for London the next day and if I did to make what hast I could and compass it in two days; which I promised them to doe if I found I could not hold out, and when I parted with Mrs Stringer she was very positive it would breake, but when I came to Basingstoke I found it much easier and very good lodgings there and good atendance and good things, so not withstanding I came in by fower of the clocke, yet I resouled to stay all night and by that time supper was redy. We had a sett of musicke came to play to us and I wanted nothing but the company of my sone John and the rest of my children and a sound knee to have made me dance, but for want of all these things I soune discharged them, and went to bead at 8 and lay till 8 the next day, by which time I was innabled to goe on to Staines wheare ye House wheare we laye was allmost full of corronells and captaines and suchlike, and we was entertained with seeing of a new raised company exersised who was all new clothed and the next day marched with us towards London part of our way to Ditton wheare I found my little girle very well and doe intend to send for her in a day or 2. This day the Kinge to oblidge me hass ajourned the parlement till the 7th of July soe that I am now in great hopes of bringing my whole family together in a short time. I this day receved your letter inclosed in Mr Clarkes for which I thank you but it had such an exterordinary superscription that we could not but all read it Mr Clarke was of opinion it was writt on purpose to make me laugh, Elings thoughts ware you desined it for a grand complement and writt it seriousely, but I hope your Master was in the right and if soe you have had you desire for I have laughed at you suffishiently for it and soe we have all, therefore for the future pray wright to me in the good old way and doe not racke your phancey for new complements for I am sattisfied I have gott the better of Madam Clarke and am to be Mistress to you all. I feare my knee will not be in a condition to waite of a Queene dureing my stay, though I thanke God it is better then it was, I have kept my bead all this day in hopes to cure it the souner. Pray desire Mounsure to take the compass of his hatt in the head with a packthread and inclose it in your letter and send word what sort of hatt he would have and I will gett it for him and doe the same for one for Master.

M Clarke