Mary Clarke to
Chipley 15th September 1694
I thanke God all the rest heare is very well also only Sammys teeth trobles him which makes him a little peevish and nott sleepe soe well a nights, I have drunke noe bath waters since the first barell that was brought the day before you went, but now I have gott another, but have not drunke any ye morning for I found the last when I did not sleepe well anights was very apt to fly up to my head and made me just like one drunke all confusion, and the roome would seeme to run round so that I was forst to catch hold of anything neare or fall. As to the buisness of Roses preferment it was altogether accedent she asking leave it being fine wether with some other of the maids to goe to Ninehead church wheare for company Mrs Burgess went with them and according to custom Mrs Sandford sent to invite Mrs Burgess to dine with her which she did and after dinner they fell in talke on the subject and Mrs Sandford asked Mrs Burgess if I desired to keep them both, to which Mrs Burgess anseard she thought not for she had heard me say if I could prefer Rose I should be very willing, so Mrs Sandford liked her carrectter very well and desired her to aske me if I was still in the same mind and to lett her know by a line or 2 as also what wagess I did give her which she did as also whether she should wait on her and Mrs Sandford sent her an answare to desire she might and she hired her immediatly and Rose is to go to her tomorrow, Rose is very well sattisfied and pleased. Rose afforded me a great deal of lafter (to my selfe) at her returne when she told me Mrs Sandford told her to incorage her that the servant that went from her had lived with her five and twenty yeares, which makes Rose afraid she may come agen likwise but I tell her theare is not such feare for she is a hundred and twenty mile off, but Rose ses if she does she is resolved to try no other service but get up mantua making and head dressing at Taunton, but I tell her providence will I beleve send her a good husband, Mrs Sandford being very fortunate in marrying her maids well.
Since I writt this I receved yours that gave me an account of Wards indisposition which I am very much concerned at, and by the simtums am under sum aprehentions of the small pox; but the great sattisfaction I have is, that you and Mr Freake are near him; and if it be soe I hope Mr Lock will not be long from him; it was this time twelfe month he was so ill with eating so many plums, and he promised me he would be more careful for the future, for that illness hindered him from seeing Barthlemew faire; I hope to heare he is better by the next post.