Mary Clarke to
London 23rd April 1692
I would have written but that I have not bin soe well of late as I could wish, but now I thanke God I am better and have taken the first opertunity I could to returne you my hearty thankes for all your favors, and particularly for your noble present to my 3 eldest children who I thanke God are all well now, they have had all violent colds this winter and tediouse coughs, but I thanke God my youngest have had no such things, but growes a pace, and has had 2 teeth this month; he is now very like his brother Edward in face, but how he may alter I know not, and he is much such another child for lustyness; your sone is very well and the town agreess very well with him hitherto as I hope it will for the future. My blessing to Jack and Molly; I am glad to heare they are well but Mr Clarke tells me Jack is very raggd, which I much wonder att, for I ordered them to lett him weare his cloth cote and his quilted wascote, and I sent him new britchess, all which I thinke cant be ragged yett, and if his wascote be durty tiss an easey matter for Kattren to take of the yellow frenge and waish the wascote*, and sett it on agen all which would be done over night and fitt to weare the next morning so that he should have no need to be ragged I think, and pray tell her soe, for she have little business to prevent her from doing this as I know off.
* Clothes were not normally washed frequently - households usually had a big wash every 4 - 5 weeks or once a quarter.