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From George and [Adylena] Clark at 5 Tabernacle Row, London. Soon after George wrote last, he experienced the greatest manifestation of love of Christ which he has had fora long time. 'It was accompanied with great sweetness and power, and continued some hours; near the close it was strongly impressed that trouble awaited me'. It has come indeed and has continued to this present time. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.

'I have walked in the light, and in the presence of the Lord, desiring me to be known to myself as a disembodied spirit, and I think it a truth that I would rather die than sin. But I cannot better describe to you the means God has made use of for this, than transcribing the following letter'.

A 'brother' [ie fellow Methodist] lives next door to the Clarks and they have been acquainted for several years. He has always professed to know and love God 'and is a little preacher'. Clark has always tried to help him 'in the wages of God…and he appeared pleased with my conversation and friendship'.

[Transcript of a letter from George Clark to Mr Holton]

Reference is made to the matter between them of the sale of the houses. When Holton told him of the agreement he had made and his expectation of getting %8 for the money laid out, Clark expressed a desire to invest 1600 'on the same plan'. After some time, Holton agreed that Clark could have the houses Holton had contracted for at the price he had agreed upon, if Clark gave him a new saddle and bridle which Clark readily agreed to. In hope of getting the %8 Clark gave Holton £50 as part of the purchase money. Some days later they heard that the return would not come within £150 of what Holton had expected and in part agreed upon.

Clark blames Holton for not treating him as a 'brother', and a poor one at that compared to Holton's ample fortune. Much of Clark's savings were invested in this venture. He does not blame him for the building [costs?] being more than was expected, for he believes that Holton was genuinely mistaken, but he would have expected Holton to say to him "Brother Clark - if the houses will not do for you, do not have them as it will be no loss to me". In this you would have acted as a brother, and not as a sharp tradesman, who huggs, himself in the thought of the advantage he has got over another. In that this is the case with you is plain, for you would not take 15 guineas of me to take the houses back again. So far I think you have been too cunning for me. But the other name I cannot call by so mild a name -viz - taking five guineas FROM ME for the saddle and bridle, when instead of the houses bringing %8 I question if they will bring six.

These things are so…I esteem you as a brother in Christ. It is a bad return for my sincear desire to help you in the way to heaven, to lay so great a stumbling block in my way.

I here now offer you thirty guineas, if you will do me the favor to take the houses off my hands. If you will not, it is a manifest proof that covertousness has prevailed over justice, benevolence and brotherly love…'

Clark has had no answer to the above. The loss amounts to f10 per annum over sixty years. Holton has an annual income of between £200 and £300 per annum.

'But I have not only this tempation still to struggle with, but have an additional burthen. The marriage has taken place, and by the desire of his parents, we have taken a house and are one family. His parents are people of property, have been many years in the society, but seem to have lost little of corrupt nature, their own being too much all law. There son also largely partakes of the same malignity, nor is it at adecreased by his being two years at Cambridge. But to me he behaves well …His His parents have well supplyd them with every necessary, and are as free as they can be with us.. I thank the Lord that in all this affair I have had the answer of a good conscience…'

[Adylena] has had a sore leg for several weeks and has been deprived of rest as a result. A surgeon had to be called out. It seems much better now.

Their 'Hocking' business has declined. They have some custom left but do not sell more than two pairs a week.

'Yesterday was to me one of the days of the Son of Man. A Sabbath indeed, in which my soul was carried out in an uncommon manner, that God might be glorifyed by those that hear the word among us in this great city, as it is now in Dublin, 10 or 12 being justified under a sermon.

[John] Wesley has been with them for a week and left this morning. 'He kindly paid our young ones a visit to tea, and I never spent an hour better with him'.