Charleston: Printed by W.P. Young, Franklin's Head, No. 24 Broad-Street, 1792. 16pp. Disbound, loosened, title and last page browned. A flaw on last page affects three or four words. Good+. Signed at the end in type, 'WILLIAM HAMMET.'
A Methodist missionary to the West Indies, Hammet established Black Methodist congregations there, and then in South Carolina and Georgia. John Wesley had ordained him as a minister to the New World, where he "instigated the birth of the Primitive Methodist Church" [Encyclopedia of Christianity], a consequence of Methodism's first schism, reflected in this rare pamphlet. In the West Indies Hammet and Thomas Coke became associated. Hammet became ill; Coke brought him to South Carolina to recover. In Charleston Hammet made what was evidently a remarkable sermon; the congregation urged his appointment in place of Bishop Francis Asbury's selection. Asbury refused. Then "Hammet began a series of attacks on Asbury and other Methodist figures. In 1792, Hammet instigated the first schism from the Methodist Church by establishing Trinity Church, a new congregation in Charleston. He called this church a Primitive Methodist Church" [Id.].
Here Hammet writes dramatically, "I impeach Cr. Coke... on two charges, viz. first, his cruel and ill-treatment of myself and others of my brethren the missionaries: And secondly, his improper conduct in his department, by which he shamefully wasted near 2000, of the money collected for the support of the missionaries." Hammet describes his illness, brought on by "persecutions, severe labors, and the unhealthiness of the climate, in Jamaica," which caused him to leave for Charleston with Dr. Coke, "in this immaciated state, with my face ulcerated." The callous treatment he received left him "ruing the day I ever saw Dr. C." Subsequent events in South Carolina confirmed his disillusion. Among his other complaints, although "Dr. C. has printed and preached against negro traffic, how consistent was he then, to give orders to purchase them upon any pretence whatever?"
Bristol B8012. Shipton & Mooney 46458. Gould & Morgan 999. Not in Evans or at AAS. ESTC W2427 [2- Johns Hopkins, NYHS]. 5 Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States 1038. Item #34160