Mine own sweet Thomken, I have no longer ago than the very last night written such a large volume in praise of thy kindness to me, thy dogs, thy hawks, the hare and the foxes, and also in commendation of thy great care of thy businesses in the country, that I think I need not amplify any more on that text, for I have crowned thee for an admirable good husband with poetical laurel, and admired the inexpressible singularity of thy love in the cogitations of piamater , 7 I can say no more but that in way of gratuity, the dogs shall without interruption expel their excremental corruption in the best room (which is thy bed) whensoever full feeding makes their bellies ache, and for my own part since you have in all your letters given me authority to
care enough, I will promise to be inferior to none of my Deverill neighbours in playing the good housewife, though they strive till they stink. Now if for my better encouragement and in requital thou will at my earnest entreaty but for this time spare Digory, I shall be so much bound, that nothing but a strong purgation can loose me. For if you will believe me in sober sadness, my cousin Stantor hath upon speech with me, made it appear that he hath digested many uncivil and unbecoming words from three of your servants. He doth not desire you to remit Digory’s fault, but to dispense with his appearance for his sake this time, because it concerns him in his profi t, and when you come into the country my cousin will come and thoroughly satisfy all matters in controversy between you. I will not entreat too earnestly because I known thou art choleric with me ever in these cases, but though thou doth many times call me fool for yielding to the enticing of fair words, yet if you mark it, I have never yet craved anything of such great importance as hath ever been prejudicial to your reputation or profi t. If so (as it is too true it is so) name me any man that hath a wife of that rare temper. No, in good faith this age will not help you to an equal, I mean for a wife. Alas I sit at home and let thy dogs eat part with me, and wear clothes that have worn out their prenticeship a year and half sithence; when my sisters will be in London at their pleasure, I am talking of foxes and ruder beasts at home. Well, do but make haste home and make much of thy Mall when thou dost come home. I will not be melancholy, but with good courage spend my life and waste my spirits in any course to lease thee, except fi ghting, and in this business satisfy my request as you think I deserve, and do not be angry with me for importuning you, but ask all the husbands in London, or ask the question in the Lower House, what requests they grant their wives, and then good husband think upon your fool at home as there is cause.