Mary Clarke to
6th September 1696
I receved yours by the last post and have given the inclosed to John Spreat and am very glad to hear that after all your care and paines you are at some places and by some peaple receved civelly, I hope all things will be better in time and all things will be as they should be; in the meantime pray returne my perticuler thankes to Mr Freake for his great care of you and all other his favors to me, with my humble service to him, and Mr Lock, when you give him the inclosed; whearin I have given him an account of Jenney; and the best account I can give him or you of myself is what I have heare inclosed a coppy of that I sent to the Dr. I cannot complaine of any perticuler paine in my body; nor compare it to anything so well, methinkes, as to the wether glas for as thear is a sine of foule or faire wether so the quicksilver rises or falls, just so it is with me when my mind is easey or uneasey so methinkes my speritts sinkes or risses and it has an operation on the whole body, I hope you will pardon me that I did not return you my hearty thankes in my last letter for your kind token of an apron and night raile by my daughter Betty which is very pretty and I will weare it for your sake.
The worthy gentlemen that had so many meeting heareabout of late desire to have made a bussell heareabouts I am told was thus to have a bull driven near the house and so to bait it and the rable that was to come with and be gathered to at that sport was to fall out and so come and plunder and pull down the house and frighten your wife and children out of dores and pull you in peeces if ye had bin heare; but I thank God theyr desires has yett come to nothinge nor I hope such wicked ones never will; and that we shall be able allways to turn everything into a jest, as we do this of the bull baiting to which I have added to his name and we call him the great bull of Orange which has a great long story to it that I use to be entertained with when I was a little girl but did not then think I should have had occation to have talked of it now and indeed this history has not yet appeared more frightful to me than that, and the addishion I have given to the name I am apt to think will not be so agreeable to the contrivance of the sport.