[This is a guest post by Kevin Morgan, a meticulous researcher, author, and friend who has found some amazing new material about Joseph Clarke. MWC]
Historian Michael Campbell and I share a common interest in Adventist pioneer Joseph Clarke, who Michael has described on his blog as an “unsung hero.” And certainly Joseph Clarke was, as I will note below.
Michael and I joined forces to try to find out what had happened to this Adventist pioneer known for four things. The first of these is his support of church organization, when James White was trying to accomplish the Herculean task of bringing the “scattered flock” of Sabbatarian Adventists together into a formal organization in the midst of the American Civil War. The second is for fancying “that the time might come when a regiment of Sabbathkeepers would strike this rebellion a staggering blow, in the strength of Him who always helped His valiant people when they kept His statutes.” Yet, there is no evidence that he actually advocated such. Rather, he encouraged the brethren to “stop pestering Bro. White on this subject, and go to God for guidance.” He also expressed confidence that, “when the time for drafting arrives, God will shed light on the path of the S. D. Adventists.” “We have the gift of prophecy,” he wrote, “and if we look to God, he will guide our leaders, and they will walk in the light” (RH, Sept. 23, 1862, p. 134). The third thing that Clarke is known for is his early but brief foray into the South to work with freed slaves following the end of the American Civil War. Fourth, Clarke is known for his many articles in the Review and Herald. (Last count, there are over 650! For comparison, Ellen White’s numbered 1895.) [Read more...]