Copy letter from off Madeira to the Revd Jabez Bunting in Leeds, Yorkshire, regretting that 'the soil we have to work upon in our ships is a very barren one'. The missionaries are taking the opportunity afforded by the long voyage to perfect their knowledge of Portuguese.
Upon arrival in southern Africa, Coke will investigate possible openings in the Cape Colony. The Governor of Sierra Leone has written recommending his colony as the area of Africa possessing the greatest potential for missionary work.
Coke's health and state of mind has improved since his departure from England.
[Original in the archives of the Methodist Missionary Society.]