Clergyman; born in Bedfordshire, England
, Oct. 8, 1609; emigrated to Boston
in 1637, but, espousing the cause of Anne Hutchinson
(q. v.), and claiming full toleration in religious belief, he was obliged to flee.
He was welcomed to Providence
by Roger Williams
He was one of the company who gained Rhode Island
from the Indians, and began a settlement at Pocasset
A preacher of the Gospel, he founded, at Newport
(1664), the second Baptist church in America
He was treasurer of the colony in 1649. Mr. Clarke
was persecuted while visiting friends in Massachusetts
, and driven out of the colony.
He accompanied Williams
in 1651 as agent for the colony, where he remained nearly twelve years, and returned (1663) with a second charter for Rhode Island
He resumed his pastorate at Newport
, where for three successive years he was deputygovernor of the colony.
His publications include Ill news from New England
; Or a narrative of New England's persecution
He died in Newport, R. I.
, April 20, 1676.