Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 PLP 28/7/13
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 PLP 28/7/13
  • Dates of Creation
      24 Apr 1791
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Copy letter from Richmond, Virginia, to Bishop William White of the Episcopalian Church, describing in detail the hopes of both himself and John Wesley, that the Church of England and the Methodists might be reconciled. Separation between the two had only occurred in America because of lack of ministers to administer the sacrament, and this division had gone further than John Wesley had intended. Coke states that reunion would be advantageous to the Anglicans in America, as there were 60,000 Methodists and 250 travelling preachers. Opposition could, however, be expected from many preachers, including Francis Asbury. Coke asks for an interview in order to discuss the matter further, and begs him in the meantime to keep the approach secret, although there had already been some talk of reunion.

[Facsimile in the Bodleian Library.]

[Publication record: Journal and letters of Francis Asbury, 3 vols (London,1958), iii, 95-8.]