Copy letter from Falmouth, Cornwall, to the New York Conference, expressing his 'strong and unfeigned love' toward the American Church, but feeling the need to explain his past actions and motives.
Coke describes in detail the conflict that had arisen between Francis Asbury and himself during his last two visits to the United States [1800 and 1803], re Coke's future role in the episcopacy.
He emphasizes that he 'cannot come to you as a mere preacher', but must be allowed to fulfill his role as a bishop of the Church.
Throughout the letter Coke takes pains to declare his respect and affection for Asbury, despite their differences of opinion.
[Original at Drew University.]