Letter from T[homas] Coke, London, to Revd Jabez Bunting, Methodist Chapel, Leeds [Yorkshire]

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Thanks him for his letters and hopes progress is being made in missionary matters in Yorkshire. He is grateful for their efforts and understands that the Norfolk district will imitate their 'blessed Plan'. Received letters of recommendation from the Government to respective Colonial Governors and the Court of Directors of the East India Company in permitting them to travel via Bombay [Mumbai, India] on their way to Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. Lord Teignmouth [John Shore] was surprised at Directors' support but Lord [Henry] Bathurst had written to them on the Wesleyan's behalf.

Almost fitted out but will probably not sail until about Christmas. Understands reports that he is married but he is not and has no intention of being - will go to Asia a single man and please let others know this. Regards to colleagues and friends.

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Transcript apppears on page 703 of 'The letters of Dr. Thomas Coke' edited by John A. Vickers (2013).