Letter by Ann Lady Arundell addressed to ‘Monsiur le Chevalire Arundell anglais A: Rouen. An: Normandie’

London the 9th of March this Thursday 1682

My dearest Heart,
I have received yours and am concerned the weather should prove so uncertain. I pray God you may not keep your cold long on you and shall be uneasy till I hear you are quite rid of it. I hope your poor child will do well, but if it must have such a desease now is your best time, as I have heard your learned say. Pray present my service to sir Richard , my affectionate respects to your daughters. I rejoyce my Lord is come of so well, but I am heartily sorry for dear Betty and hope your next will bring me better news of her. Pray go to find her and all of you health and happiness with it. Mr Thomson is very barren of news this week and so am I and if I mention what concerns myself you must give me to complain as well as you. Poor John Francis is dead and so by him and his brother I fear I shall lose £20 that I lent him of my own money and to make me poorer most of my wearing lining laces and point ruffles and crestes is this week by the carelessness of the maid burnt so I am almost undone and I think must wear my Lent dress all the year and to add to my trouble the poor maid is fallen into such fits that I am forced to keep two to be continually with her that she may not hurt herself. But practiener must apply A remedy to all this, I fear I have tired you with this relation. I will add no more but my desires to know when you think your (?) will permit you to move this way which cannot but banish all disquiet from your most intensily loving and most obedient wife

An Arundell

The Captain and his wife begs your acceptance of their most humble services and hearty thanks for all your favours he goes to Newmarket to wait on the Duke