From Caroline Guy in Birmingham to [Mary] Tooth. She had intended to write before now, but as they are sending a parcel to Guy's brother in Dodrington, she decided to take the opportunity of sending Tooth a few lines to thank Tooth for her letter and to pass on her mother's invitation for Tooth to attend their missionary meeting. Tooth must of course stay with the Guys at their home. According to Mr Parks, the meeting commences on May 17th and Dr Adam Clarke and [Robert] Newton with several other preachers should be in attendance.
She supposes that Tooth has heard that a Dorcas Society has been established among them which is apparently very successful.
Spiritual matters are discussed, with regard to Tooth's very kind advice.
- Adam Clarke (?1760-1832) was the most influential British Methodist in the generation after Wesley. He was born in Northern Ireland, the son of a Church of Ireland minister and was converted under Methodist influence in 1778. Clarke began preaching in 1782 and joined the Wesleyan itinerancy later that year. A preacher of great ability, Clarke served an unprecedented three terms as President of the Wesleyan Conference, and did much to hold the Connexion together during the troubled years that followed John Wesley's death. He was also one of the greatest scholars of his age despite his lack of a university education. He was fluent in at least twenty languages and among his publications were the revised edition of Rymer's Foedera of the Public Records, and his famous Commentary on the Bible which is still in print. Clarke's writings were particularly influential in the development of the doctrine of sanctification in the American Holiness movement. Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995) and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)