Mary Clarke to

Edward Clarke

26th January 1695

my deare

I thinke I never felt such cold wether in my life all the park and other places about the house are frozen that it looks as if it were all water under and the steps so dangerous that we are faine to pass in and out at the dove-walke; I thanke God we are all pretty well here except por Sammy who has gone backward very much in his going since this cold wether came in and is now much out of order with a surfeit he tooke by overcharging his stomach with too much wigg*, but I hope it well weare off agen but it has give him a great deal of pain and me a great deal of trouble.

M Clarke

* Wigg was similar to a hot cross bun