Clulow, William

John Wesley's London solicitor, the son of John and Elizabeth Clulow of Macclesfield, where his father was a master-baker and his mother one of the earliest Methodist converts. He practised as a solicitor from 1783. In 1784 he drafted the Deed of Declaration in conjunction with Thomas Coke. In November 1787 Wesley had a long conversation with him about the 'execrable' Conventicle Act. Clulow convinced him that it was best to license both chapels and itinerants under the Toleration Act, describing them simply as 'preachers of the gospel'. He (and his mother?) were witnesses to Wesley's will.


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