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Honoured Father, I receved yours of the 19 present which transported me with joy that you were pleased to confer so great ann Honour upon mee ass to answer my Letter. I wish that I may merit your love in being your dutyfull daughter: which is my desire; madam Bridgis & Cuzen Blackett came to London onn purpos to have uss goe with them to Ember; and this day & wee retuned all to Ember; in the degree that you are obligeing soe am I troublesum: in putting the trouble upon you for to give my humble servis to my Brother and Sister Davisson; my Bro: Midford and Sister: My Bro:hr Michael & Sister not forgiting my Brother Cristpher; my Duty to my Mother; my sister presents her Du[ty] to you boath; [s]easing to trouble yo:u furder with my rued [worde missing] but to subcribe myself; Your Dutifull & obd:t daugh[ter] Mary Rogers London May 23th 1676
Mary was the eldest daughter of John and Margaret Rogers, and born c. 1655. The widowed Margaret became Sir William Blackett’s second wife in 1675. ‘Ember’ was Imber in Surrey, home of Blackett’s daughter Isabella (elder stepsister to Mary Rogers) and her husband Shem Bridges. Mary married the Catholic merchant William Creagh in 1681.