Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 PLP 28/7/22
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 PLP 28/7/22
  • Dates of Creation
      15 July 1791
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

From London to Joseph Benson at the Methodist Chapel in Birmingham, re the movement towards separation from the Church of England. Coke agrees with Benson that this would be 'very prejudicial', leading to division within the Methodists, and possible involvement with radical politics. In this regard Coke now believes that the ordinations carried out by John Wesley, and with which he agreed at the time, were mistaken.

Coke describes his meetings with Bishop William White to discuss union with the American Episcopalian Church, and the subsequent decision by himself and Francis Asbury to refer the matter to the Conference at Baltimore. He hopes that similar moves can take place in Britain.