Mary Clarke to

Edward Clarke

Chipley 11th October 1690

my deare

I was very glad to heare of John Parsons that you gott safe to Saulsbury and that you theare mett with a cotch soe conveniently to carry you to London for I was very much concerned to thinke you should ride post the wether being soe exceding bad. I must not omitt to tell you that on Tuesday last between 7 and 8 of the clocke in ye morning just after Molly was carried into the nursary to be drest theare was so great a trembling in my chamber that it make everywheare seem to be in motion and shook my bead as much as if I had bin in a cabin so that it quite turned my stomake, and Mounsr and master that was over my head att theyr bookes was shooke in ye like manner or more being higher, and master came running down and looked as pale as aish with the fright, but upon inquierry in the nursary and of all the peaple in the house we could met with none that had felt or heard anything of it, but the next day we was informed that severall houses in Wellington at that hour was shooke in the like manner, soe that now we conclude it to be like the former an earthquake what the consequence of these things will be God knowes and I hope it foretells noe ill newes perticulerly to this part of the country though I very much feare the French the next springe, without the King and parlement do take very good care of us in the meane time.

M Clarke