London: Printed by J. Paramore, 1787. 12mo, 11, [1 blank] pp. Lower quadrants spotted. Good+, bound 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. His Letter describes his trip from St. Eustatius to Charleston, South Carolina, and his activities in Charleston, where he opened "a new Church, which will contain about fifteen hundred people... Since my visit to the islands, I have found a peculiar gift for speaking to the Blacks. It seems to be almost irresistible. Who knows but the Lord is preparing me for a visit in some future time to the coast of Africa?"
He describes his trip through the Pee-Dee Circuit in South Carolina, and then north with stops in North Carolina and Virginia, where he "met with a little persecution on my former visit to this Continent, on account of the public testimony I bore against Negro-Slavery." Despite warnings, he went to Richmond, for "I am a plain, blunt man, that goes directly on."
FIRST EDITION. Sabin 14242. ESTC T4014 [10 locations, six of them in the US]. Not in LCP, Work, Turnbull, or Cundall. Item #35767