From George Clark in London, to Madeley. It gives him joy that Fletcher does not long for death. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.
As far as money is concerned, he has not £20 left out of the 100 'but I live in peace'. Mr Scallick says that he will soon make out the account [for the books] and send it to her.
In a postscript, he says that he has had to reopen the letter to include the following news. Since he wrote last, Revd. [Nathaniel Gilbert, Mrs Ford and her sister have been visiting the Clark family. Gilbert said that Fletcher's uncle [Claude] had died recently and had left her nothing. One of Fletcher's brothers [William] has however split his inheritance with her. Is this true? [see FL/1/10/9].
- Nathaniel Gilbert junior (1761-1807) was the son of Nathaniel Gilbert (c.1721-1774) the pioneer of West Indian Methodism. He was born on the island of Antigua and was ordained into the Church of England as a young man. Like his cousin Melville Horne, he served as a curate to John Fletcher at Madeley and in 1792 was appointed as the first chaplain to the settlement of freed slaves in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He returned to England after a stay in Africa of less than two years and spent his remaining years as the Vicar of Bledlow in Buckinghamshire. The architect Sir George Gilbert Scott was Gilbert's great grandson. Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)