Clarke, Richard

Clarke, Richard, an English clergyman, was ordained deacon by the bishop of Winchester, May 5, 1746, and presbyter by the bishop of Bangor, Sept. 23,1750, and was sent to South Carolina by the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, arriving at Charleston in the autumn of 1753. St. Philip's Church in that city being without a pastor, he and the Rev. John Andrews became co-pastors in the parish. The negro school within its jurisdiction became the object of his earnest efforts. In 1759 he resigned his rectorship, returned to England, and in a short time after was appointed lecturer of Stoke-Newington, and afterwards of St. James's, near Aldgate, London. In 1768 he was curate of Cheshunt, in Hertfordshire. Pecuniary embarrassment troubled his last years. He died not earlier than 1780. As a preacher he was greatly admired. Among his publications are, A Warning to the World, or the Prophetical Numbers of Daniel and John Calculated (1759):-A Second Warning (1762):-The Voice of Glad Tidings to the Jew and Gentile (1768):-The Gospel of the Daily Service of the Law Preached to the Jew and Gentile (1768):-A n Essay on the Number Seven, treating of the Romish and Mohammedan religions, etc. (1769):-The Explanation of the Feast of Trumpets. Besides these he published letters, essays, dissertations, and discourses on various subjects. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, v, 146.

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