The letter was sent from New York
by Reverend William Clark on May 6, 1835
to his brother Reverend John A. Clark -
Rector of Grace Church in Providence. The
letter was sent in reply to a letter from John, in which he
evidently had told brother William that he was traveling to New
York and was looking for a hotel or place to stay. This letter
was written in May, which was shortly before Reverend
Clark departed Grace Church to assume the
position of Rector at Saint Andrews Church in Philadelphia.
John Alonzo Clark was born in Pittsfield,
Massachusetts in 1801. He graduated from Union
College near Albany, New York in 1823 and after some
additional training was confirmed as a Minister in
the Episcopal Church on April 12, 1826.
Reverend Clark was an evangelical preacher and his fiery sermons
placed special emphasis on the inherent sinfulness of man and
the necessity of conversion through faith and personal
acceptance. Clark traveled extensively in his first years;
preaching throughout New York, Pennsylvania and New England. He
also took part in missionary work in western New York State. He
quickly gained a reputation as a powerful and eloquent speaker
and in 1829, he was asked to assume the position
of Assistant Rector at Christ Church in New York
Clark moved to Providence, Rhode Island in
1832 to become the Rector at Grace Church
and in 1835 he left Providence to become
Rector of Saint Andrew's Church in Philadelphia. He also
joined the American Tract Society in that same
year. During the mid-1830s, John's health had begun to fail. He
took a European Sabbatical from 1837 to 1838
in hopes of recovering his health, but to no avail and he was
forced to resign from Saint Andrews in 1843.
Clark died on November 27, 1843. During his
lifetime, he was also the author of several noted works
including; "The Pastor's Testimony" in 1835
and "Glimpses of the Old World" in 1838.
A return address including the notation Reverend William
A. Clark indicates that the writer; John's brother was
also a church Pastor, but doesn't indicate which Church.
TEXT OF LETTER:
York May 6th 1835
yesterday is just received and I hasten to say that we shall
expect you to our house to breakfast on Tuesday night; 110
15 Ridge St. near to Grand St. Why in the world you should
have doubted whether we had a bed for you, I don't know. You
must explain the matter when you get here. We always have a
prophet's bed, and yet (God be Praised) a little cake to set
before him, so that you need be under no apprehensions in
coming straight to the house and calculating to spend your
nights with us.
I have just received a letter from Mr.
Gras and another from Peter dated April 30th from Geneva
(New York). They were
to start on the 4th. - All well -
Respects to all, --
Rev J A Clark
William A. Clark