fta4 Georg. i. THE LIFE of the REV. ADAM CLARKE, LL.D. By J. W. Etheridge
ftb2 Autobiography, — See, too, a paper written on this subject by Dr. Clarke, in the Arminian Magazine for 1792; reprinted in his Miscellaneous Works.
ftb3 ABEN ESRA: Sephardim Machazor. — Compare the beautiful words of Schiller: “His name ought to lie in secret behind every one of our thoughts, and speak to us from every object of nature: for us this bright majestic universe itself should be but as the shining jewel, on which His image, and only His, should stand engraved.”
ftb8 He gives an important testimony, in one of his letters, to the value of class-meetings: — “When I met in class, I learned more in a week than I had learned before in a month. I understood the preaching better; and getting acquaintance with my own heart, and hearing the experience of God’s people, I soon got acquainted with God Himself.”
ftc1 Odar. 1., 22. “The man that knows not guilty tear, Nor wants the bow, nor pointed spear; Nor needs, while innocent of heart, The quiver teeming with the poison’d dart.”
ftc2 Od. i., 87. “Now let the bowl with wine be crown’d, Now lightly dance the mazy round.”
ftc3 A pocket Bible, a Greek Testament, Prideaux’s Connection, and Young’s Night Thoughts.
ftc4 In digging there one day, he lit upon a half-guinea. Having laid this golden discovery before the gentlemen of the house, and found that none of them claimed it, he entered his name as a subscriber to a Hebrew Grammar which Mr. Bayley was then preparing for publication, and which gave him afterwards his first lessons in the study of the holy tongue.
ftd1 Aeneid. V., 709; with i., 204,
fte1 I knew an old preacher who had composed a long poem, which he entitled, “Night Thoughts,” descriptive of similar experiences.
fte2 In the Norwich Circuit he preached 450 sermons, besides exhortations innumerable.
fte3 The Rev. R. S. Hawker, vicar of Morwenstow. The termination of this latter name has a religions indication. Like Padstow, Michaelstow, &c., it points out a station for prayer.
fte4 Drew’s earliest work was a Refutation of Paine’s “Age of Reason.” It attracted the attention of the Rev. John Whittaker, the vicar of Ruan Langhorne, (some miles between St. Austel and St. Mawes,) who became sincerely attached to him, and afforded him some invaluable aids in his literary enterprises. Whittaker himself was a man of massive erudition and resplendent eloquence. His “Introduction to the Holy Scriptures,” prefixed to Flindel’s edition of the Bible, has a wonderful grandeur. His antiquarian works are classical. I once made a little pilgrimage to Ruan Langhorne, to see the place where he lived and died, — a delightful rural spot on the banks of the Fal, in Roseland. The great scholar reposes in his church, beneath a plain grey stone within the communion-rails, with the simple inscription, “John Whittaker, B.D., Vicar, Died 1808, aged 73.”
ftf1 I speak of Mon Plaisir as I knew it some years ago, and as, I presume, it still is. In writing about the fertility of the islands, Dr. Clarke said, that he had seen cabbages in Jersey seven feet high. In Mr. De Jersey’s garden there ware gathered daily, Sundays excepted, for nearly six weeks, from fifty to one hundred pounds’ weight of strawberries. All other fruit in proportion, both in quantity and flavor. In Mr. Brackenbury’s gardens, at St. Helier’s, he cut down a bunch of grapes which weighed about twenty pounds.
ftf2 He refers here, I believe, to Mademoiselle Jeannie Bisson. A further notice of this remarkable young woman may be found in Mr. Wesley’s Journal.
ftg1 He must mean Sundays, when, with heavy pulpit-duty, the necessity of meeting several classes is most painfully oppressive. Superintendents should avoid it, if any other arrangements are possible.
ftg2 “At this Conference I parted with Mr. Wesley, to see him no more till the resurrection of the just. He appeared very feeble. His sight had failed so much, that he could not see to give out the hymns. And yet his voice was strong, his spirit remarkably lively and the powers of his mind, and his love towards his fellow-creatures, were as bright as ever.” — Mr. Atmore’s Journal.
ftg3 Vol. xiii., 12mo, p. 98.
ftg4 See his beautiful biography, by Dr. Hannah and Mr. Dawson.
fth1 We have been told that his sermons were sometimes attended not only by the common clergy, but by bishops of the Church. That great and good man, the Rev. Richard Cecil, greatly delighted to hear him. He said that Mr. Benson seemed like a messenger sent from the other world, to call men to account. “Mr. Benson,” said Robert Hall, “is irresistible, perfectly irresistible!” Memoirs of his life have been written by Macdonald and Treffry; and a masterly delineation of his character, from the pen of Dr. Bunting, appears in the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine for 1822.
fth2 Hare’s Life and Labors of Adam Clarke, LL.D.
fth3 Jackson’s Life of the Rev. Charles Wesley.
fth4 Jackson’s Life of the Rev. Charles Wesley. Most the clergy of our day would not act in this manner, we firmly believe; but the clergy of that day did, and the consequences are abiding.