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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Mary Cooke Clarke, 1781-1836

Adam Clarke, 1782-1850

J. B. B. Clarke, 1833-1880

Mary Ann Clarke, 1820-1845

Eliza Cooke, 1783-1791

Unidentified manuscript document, 1867

Southern Methodist University

Collection on the Cooke and Clarke families

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Bridwell Library
Title: Collection on the Cooke and Clarke families
Inclusive Dates: 1781-1880
Bulk Dates: 1781-1791
Abstract: The documents in this collection relate to prominent early Methodist preacher and scholar Adam Clarke (1762?-1832); his wife Mary Cooke Clarke (1761-1837); their son, J. B. B. Clarke; their daughter, Mary Ann Clarke Smith; and Mary Cooke Clarke’s sister, Eliza Cooke. The collection features correspondence and other documents concerning family and church matters and includes copies of letters sent by Mary Cooke to John Wesley.
Accession No: BridArch 303.62
Extent: 3 boxes (1.25 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Dr. Adam Clarke (circa 1762-1832) was a popular early Wesleyan preacher, scholar, and author. He was born in Ireland, joined the Methodist movement in 1779, and preached his first trial sermon in 1782. Later that year, John Wesley appointed Clarke to serve as an itinerant preacher on the Bradford-on-Avon circuit, which included the town of Trowbridge.

Adam Clarke is remembered for his long and successful career as a minister, denominational leader, linguist, and Bible commentator. His accomplishments include serving three times as President of the British Conference and four times as President of the Irish Conference. Clarke died of cholera in 1832 and was buried in the graveyard at City Road, London, next to John Wesley.

Mary Cooke Clarke (1761-1837) was born in Trowbridge. She and her sisters, Eliza and Frances, became Methodists after a visit by John Wesley to their home. Mary Cooke maintained a close correspondence with Wesley until at least 1789. After her marriage to Adam Clarke in 1788, she also became a leader in the Methodist movement, a woman valued for offering spiritual counsel and pastoral care.

Their son, J. B. B. Clarke (-1855), published An Account of the Infancy, Religious and Literary Life of Adam Clarke, a three-volume biography of his father, in 1833. Daughter Mary Ann Clarke Smith (Mrs. Richard Smith) memorialized her mother’s life in the book Mrs. Adam Clarke: Her Character and Correspondence, in 1851.

Sources:

Jeffrey, Frederick. “Clarke, Adam.” Encyclopedia of World Methodism. Nashville: Methodist Publishing House, 1974.

Rogal, Samuel J. A Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism. Lewiston: E. Mellen Press, 1997.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Bridwell Library’s collection on the Cooke and Clarke families comprises seventy-one folders of manuscript letters, correspondence transcription letter-books, personal and business writings, printed images, a published tribute to Mary Cooke Clarke, and three reels of microfilm copies of Clarke correspondence. These documents detail the domestic relationships and spiritual concerns of two generations of early Methodists in the United Kingdom with direct ties to John Wesley.

The Collection of Cooke and Clarke family letters was digitized in 2012 by Bridwell Library. Digital images of each item may be accessed at /http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/bridwell/ or through the item hyperlinks offered in the box and folder listing that follows.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection consists of six series of family and church-related documents. The first five series are organized by author or receiver. The final series contains a document not clearly associated with a named individual.
Series 1: Mary Cooke Clarke, 1781-1836
Series 2: Adam Clarke, 1782-1850
Series 3: J. B. B. Clarke, 1833-1880
Series 4: Mary Ann Clarke, 1820-1845
Series 5: Eliza Cooke, 1783-1791
Series 6: Unidentified manuscript document, 1867

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgement of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights form before using this collection.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Clarke, Adam, ca. 1762-1832.
Clarke, Mary Ann.
Clarke, Mary Cooke.
Clarke, Joseph Butterworth Bulmer, -1855.
Smith, Richard, Mrs.
Clarke family.
Cooke, Eliza.
Wesleyan Methodist Church -- Clergy.
Letters -- England -- 18th century.
Wesley, John, -- 1703-1791.

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Related Material

Digital reproductions of the Collection on the Cooke and Clarke families are available electronically at "http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/bridwell/browse.asp

Adam Clarke papers, The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester

Adam Clarke Collection, Methodist Collection - Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection on the Cooke and Clarke families, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, ongoing

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described by Timothy Binkley, 2012-2013.

Finding aid written by

Timothy Binkley, 2012-2013.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2013

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Mary Cooke Clarke, 1781-1836

The first series contains materials written by or received by Mary Cooke Clarke. To access annotated inventories of the contents of the Mary Cooke’s letter-books, please follow these hyperlinks: Box 1, file 1 and Box 1, File 2.
Box Folder
01 01 Mary Cooke’s letter-book: “Miss Peacock” written on the cover, 1781-1787
02 Mary Cooke’s letter-book: transcriptions of letters to John Wesley, 1785-1789
03 Mary Cooke letter to Adam Clarke with postscript by Frances Cooke, 1785 June 14
04 Triple letter: Adam Clarke letter to Mary Cooke, 1786 February 15; Mary Cooke reply to Adam Clarke, undated; and Eliza Cooke letter to Adam Clarke, 1786 December 11
05 “Detatched Thoughts” by Mary Cooke, 1786 November 26
06 Letter to Mary Cooke possibly by Mary Bishop, 1787 June 10
07 Mary Cooke letter to Mary Bishop, 1787 June 30
08 Double Letter: Mary Cooke letter to her mother, Mary Cooke, asking permission to marry Adam Clarke, 1787 August 27; and Mary Cooke Clarke letter to her mother, Mary Cooke, 1788 November 25
09 Mary Cooke Clarke letter possibly to John Wesley, 1790 May 23
10 Double letter: Mary Cooke Clarke letter to Mrs. Stock, 1806 December 8; with Mary Cooke Clarke letter to Mrs. Roberts, 1807 January 27
11 Mary Cooke Clarke letter to her niece, Henrietta, 1807 May 15
12 Nine lines on courtesy by Mary Clarke, 1828 November 4
13 Mary Cooke Clarke letter to her daughter-in-law, Matilda (Mrs. John Clarke), 1831 September 19
14 Mary Cooke Clarke letter to the editor of the West Britain about the expression "Mob of Methodism,” 1834 September 25
15 Mary Cooke Clarke letter to her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Matilda Clarke, 1836 April 18
Box Folder
03 01 Microfilm reel: letters of Mrs. Adam Clarke, silver positive
02 Microfilm reel: letters of Mrs. Adam Clarke, silver negative

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Series 2:
Adam Clarke, 1782-1850

The second series contains materials by, received by, or concerning Dr. Adam Clarke.
Box Folder
01 16 Adam Clarke letter to Mr. Wood, 1782 December 30
17 Adam Clarke letter to Mr. Perkins, 1787 May 16
18 Adam Clarke letter to James Creighton, 1790 September 21
19 Adam Clarke letter to Mary Clarke, 1793 August 4
20 Copperplate for a portrait of Adam Clarke for the Arminian Magazine, 1796
21 Michael Legridge letter to Adam Clarke, 1796 January 27
22 Adam Clarke letter to Mary Clarke, 1799 July 30
23 Petition to Mary Arthur by Adam Clarke, 1801 May 15; also Mary Arthur’s address to her husband, Richard, on the ninth anniversary of their wedding, composed by Adam Clarke, 1801 July 5
24 Adam Clarke letter to Mr. Baynes, 1801 September 19
25 Extract from the Minutes of the Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society to Conference of the Religious Society, concerning Adam Clarke’s removal from London, 1807 June 15
26 Francis Wrangham letter to Adam Clarke, 1809 April 8
27 Adam Clarke letter to Miss Dickenson, 1811 April 11
28 Adam Clarke letter to Sir William Drummond, 1811 October 28
29 Memorandum of an agreement between Joseph Butterworth and Adam Clarke concerning the publication of Clarke’s Commentary, 1812 November 21
30 Adam Clarke letter to Mr. and Mrs. H. Fisher, 1813 March 17
31 Adam Clarke letter to John Roadhouse, 1814 December 9
32 Adam Clarke letter to Mrs. Ewer, 1815 February 14
33 Adam Clarke letter to Baron von Diez, 1814 December 30
34 Baron von Diez letter to Adam Clarke, with a translation, 1815 February 16
35 Adam Clarke letter to Thomas Raffles, 1816 December 10
36 Alexander Johnston letter to Adam Clarke, 1819 April 19, with a print of the Sir Alexander Johnston, 1831
37 Adam Clarke letter to an unknown recipient ("My dear Bro.") , 1822 June 15
38 Adam Clarke letter to Mr. Ivemey(?), 1822 August 17, 1822
39 Adam Clarke letter to an unknown recipient ("My dear Sir”), 1825 November 15
40 Adam Clarke letter to Mary Clarke Smith, London, December 15, 1825
41 Notes on Matthew 11:12 by Adam Clarke, 1825; and a printed fragment of poetry, "The Seasons of Adam Clarke’s Life," 1830 May 8
42 Samuel Warren letter to Adam Clarke, 1826 January 19
43 Adam Clarke letter to John Hall, 1826 April 2
44 Adam Clarke letter to Richard Smith, Jr., 1827 April 7
45 Adam Clarke letter to James Fildes, 1827 May 22
46 Adam Clarke letter to Isaac Clayton, 1827 November 27
47 Adam Clarke letter to Mr. Gardiner, 1828 September 20
48 Ledger sheet listing chapels in Zetland Isles, 1828 November 6
49 Twenty-four line poem by Adam Clarke introducing paintings of birds in the album of Jane Wilkinson, 1829 April 17
50 Leaf of samples of Old English, Gaelic, Anglo-Saxon, Greek, Hebrew writing penned by Adam Clarke, 1829 April 17
51 Adam Clarke letter to Mr. Huthmann, 1828 July 29
52 Adam Clarke letter to John Empry, 1831 June 13
53 Adam Clarke letter to John McLean, 1832 February 22
54 Adam Clarke letter to his youngest daughter, Mary Ann (Mrs. Richard Smith), 1832 May 21
55 Adam Clarke epitaph of John Wesley dated 1792 September 18 copied by Joseph Fowler for Mrs. Wilkinson’s album, 1834
56 Manuscript list of engravings and illustrations in Adam Clarke’s Commentary compiled by the Rev. James Everett, circa 1835
57 Portraits of Adam Clarke, circa 1800-1850
Box Folder
03 03 Microfilm reel: letters of Dr. Clarke 1783-1796 microfilmed from the collections of John Rylands Library, the University of Manchester

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Series 3:
J. B. B. Clarke, 1833-1880

The third series contains three letters written by J. B. B. (Joseph Butterworth Bulmer) Clarke, son of Adam and Mary Cooke Clarke, and a document concerning his death. The letter in folder 58 is written on a published tribute to Mary Cooke Clarke.
Box Folder
01 58 J. Forshall letter to J. B. B. Clarke, 1833 August 6
59 J. Forshall letter to J. B. B. Clarke, Frome, 1835 April 14
60 Mary Ann Clarke Smith letter to J. B. Clarke, 1837 February 13, written on a printed document “A Brief Account of the Late Mrs. Dr. Adam Clarke,” 1837 January
61 Note possibly by Mrs. T. Sheppard about the death of "my beloved friend and former Pastor ... Clarke" 1855 February 17; with unsigned note on verso, 1880 June 5

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Series 4:
Mary Ann Clarke, 1820-1845

Mary Ann Clarke (Mrs. Richard Smith) was the daughter of Adam and Mary Cooke Clarke. This series comprises four documents: two letter-poems authored by Mary Anne Clarke and two letters written to her.
Box Folder
02 01 Double letter: Mary Ann Clarke letter to Samuel Drew, 1820 April; and Mary Ann Clarke letter to Samuel Drew, 1820 May
02 Samuel Drew letter to Mrs. Richard Smith, 1828 November 17
03 Mrs. Robert Morrison letter to Mrs. Richard Smith, 1845 February 22

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Series 5:
Eliza Cooke, 1783-1791

The fifth series includes a letter-book and seven letters written by Eliza Cooke, sister of Mary Cooke Clarke. To access an annotated inventory of the contents of the letter-book, please follow this hyperlink: Box 1, file 23.
Box Folder
02 04 Eliza Cooke’s letter-book, 1783-1786
05 Eliza Cooke letter to Adam Clarke, with a postscript by Mary Cooke, 1786 May 11
06 Eliza Cooke letter to Mr. and Mrs. Adam Clarke, 1788 April 20
07 Eliza Cooke letter to Adam Clarke, 1788 May 12
08 Eliza Cooke letter to Mr. and Mrs. Adam Clarke, 1788 June 3
09 Eliza Cooke letter to Adam Clarke, circa 1790
10 Double letter: Eliza Cooke letter to Mary Cooke Clarke, 1791 January 20; and A. Cottle letter to Mary Cooke Clarke, 1791 January 20
11 Eliza Cooke letter to Mrs. Adam Clarke, 1791 March 16

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Series 6:
Unidentified manuscript document, 1867

The final series contains one item: a manuscript fragment not clearly associated with any named individual. This item was associated with the collection at the time of its processing.
Box Folder
02 12 Page 16 of an unidentified manuscript sermon or letter, 1867 August 15

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