London: Printed by J. Paramore, 1787. 12mo, 12pp. Title page browned. Light foxing. Inner margins archivally reinforced. Good+, in modern marbled boards.
The first Methodist Bishop, Coke was "superintendent" for America and, in the course of his duties, made nine voyages to the West Indies between 1784 and 1803. This is an account of Coke's first voyage to the West Indies. His Letter tells the story of the difficult passage from England to Antigua, and his activities thereafter. Having set sail for Halifax, Nova Scotia, they encountered storms: the leaky ship lost some of its sails and rigging. After making little headway, they wisely changed course, headed south for the West Indies, and landed on Christmas, 1786, after a three-month voyage. Coke promptly initiated a "divine service" for the inhabitants. "It was the cleanest audience I ever saw. All the negro-women were dressed in white linen gowns, petticoats, handkerchiefs and caps; and I did not see the least spot on them. The men were also dressed as neatly... The country is very romantic."
FIRST EDITION. Sabin 14242. ESTC T5034. Not in LCP, Work, or Cundall. Item #35723