To Revd. Samuel Harpur in Coleraine, Ireland, describing Clarke's poor state of health.
He had preached in Manchester the previous week, and spoke afterwards with Mr. Hoole, who had expressed an interest in visiting the schools recently established in Northern Ireland. Clarke doubts the wisdom of this as he has full confidence in the administration of the schools, and he does not wish to subject them to external reports or inspection, especially considering that they were set up without help from any Methodist institution, and should therefore not be regarded as accountable to anyone.
He stresses that the schools are Methodist establishments set up to improve the circuits, and they should therefore be in "the very best possible trim".
He has clarified some confusion arising from the payment of £100 from Miss. Sophia Ward to the Irish schools.