- Corbett Cooke (1787-1866) was born at Felmingham in Norfolk. He was converted at an early age and entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1809. His active circuit ministry lasted until superannuation in 1859. Cooke spent his retirement on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Isles. He was affected by blindness a short time before his death on May 16th 1866. Source: Minutes of Conference 1866 and Hill's Arrangement 1862
- John Beecham (1787-1856) was born in Barnoldby le Beck in Lincolnshire. He was convered in 1812 and entered the Wesleyan ministry three years later. From 1831 to 1855 Beecham served as a general secretary of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society and proved an excellent organiser with a good eye for detail. He was particularly active in strengthening missionary work in the West Indies and was prominent in the drawing up of constitutions for Conferences in France, Australia and Canada. A close friend of Jabez Bunting, Beecham was a staunch supporter of the Connexion's conservative wing. He published a well-known Essay on the Constitution of Wesleyan Methodism in 1829 and an edition of John Wesley's sermons. Beecham served as President of Conference in 1850. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)
From [Alford] to Corbett Cooke in Barton upon Humber. Bardsley has not been able to find the correct account of the annual collection and he has therefore only sent a partial account. He has not found the collections for the schools. Cooke will find the total when the account is published.
Bardsley wishes Cooke well in his circuit. [John] Beecham brought the deed for the Bonby chapel. Bardsley wishes that Cooke would enquire of John Smith at Ferriby if [Beecham] left the deed with him, if not, Cooke had better write to Beecham to ask him to send the deed either to Cooke or to Mr Smith who is a trustee of Bonby chapel.
In a postscript, he mentions that Cooke's letter to Bardsley was charged at one shilling and two pennies; this was wrong as it was only a single sheet - Bardsley got the money back.
Enclosed are the following itemised accounts; Missionary Collection, Preachers Fund, July collection and the Winterton circuit.