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the accounts I have already received of the progress of the work in Maryland, Delaware, and Tennessee. I am glad to find that my old venerable col
. leagues are able, by traveling separately, to preside at all the Annual Conferences. I frequently travel with them in spirit, and never forget them and my other American brethren any night whatever, while I am bowing my knees before the throne. I am yours to command; and consider my solemn offer of myself to you at the General Conference before last, to be as binding on me now as when first made; and nothing shall keep me from a final residence with you, when I, God willing, meet you at your next General Conference, but such an interference of Divine Providence as does not at present exist, and such as shall convince the General Conference that I ought to tear myself from you. Nothing less, I do assure you, shall prevail with me to leave you.
“ The work of God still goes on in a very blessed manner in Ireland. I lately returned from taking a tour of that country. There is nothing at present very remarkable in the work in Britain; but I am in hopes that I shall stir up my British brethren to jealousy, by first reading to them, and then printing, the delightful and animating accounts I have received from several of my American brethren. I am glad that Brother Cooper has published the Irish account. I intend soon to draw
and print another account of the farther progress of the work in Ireland.
“I bless the Lord, I am happy, constantly happy
in God; and I feel myself more than ever drawn toward my American brethren by the cords of love. Let me hear from you by some merchant-ship, directing to me at the New Chapel, City Road, London—whence all letters are safely sent to me, if I be not there.
“I am glad to find, by Brother Asbury, that you universally press upon your believing hearers the necessity of sanctification and entire devotedness to God; and that you guard them from seeking this, as it were, by the deeds of the law; and that you urge them to believe now on a present Saviour for a present salvation. Point out also in every sermon the absolute necessity of the knowledge of salvation by the remission of sins—the witness of the Spirit—the bright evidence of our interest in the Saviour's blood. Lukewarm endeavors are not sufficient now to pull down the fortresses of infidelity. They must be attacked by all the power of God; and, as humble instruments, we must get at the hearts of our hearers. Blessed be the Lord, the wretched formalists are disappearing like the dew of the morning; and we can fight infidelity without a screen betwixt. Let us, then, dear brethren, aim at being cities set upon a hill—at being the lights of the world—at being the salt of the earth; and, poor earthen vessels as we are—weak things, and things that are not-victory itself shall be enlisted on our side, because Almighty God will be on our side. O what a ravishing view the Lord sometimes favors me with of your immense continent, filled with inhabitants, and filled with sons of God! The word of promise is on our side, ratified by the blood of the Lamb. It therefore must be 80, for God hath spoken it. “Pray for your faithful friend and brother,
“T. COKE. “Liverpool, March 3, 1802.
“Do write to me once, before I see you, if you possibly can. I enjoy excellent health—the blessing of God; and I do assure you, my brother, I have no other intention but to pass the remainder of my poor life with you, from the next General Conference, God willing.
This year closed the labors of Wilson Lee in Kentucky. He had entered the District in 1787, and for six years he had been untiring in his energy in preaching the gospel of the Redeemer. But now, with wasted health and constitution broken, unable longer to remain and labor for the cause he loved so well, he naturally turns his thoughts to the older settlements, cherishing the hope of a return of health. Many hearts were touched at his departure. He had wept and prayed, and labored and suffered, with the infant Church, and had seen the fruit of his toil. Of him one of his cotemporaries* thus speaks :
6 Wilson Lee was one of the most successful preachers among those early adventurers. He was a man of fine talents, meek and humble, of a sweet disposition, and not only a Christian and Christian
* Rev. William Burke, in Western Methodism, pp. 68, 69.
minister, but much of a gentleman. During his stay in Kentucky-from 1787 to 1792—he traveled over all the settlements of Kentucky and Cumberland, much admired and beloved by saint and sin
In the spring of 1792, in company with Bishop Asbury, he crossed the wilderness from Kentucky to Virginia, where I met him at Conference on Holston; and from thence to the eastward, and attended the first General Conference at Baltimore, November 1, 1792; and remained in the bounds of the New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore Conferences, till he departed this life, in 1804, at Walter Worthington's, Anne Arundel county, Maryland. The last time I had the pleasure of seeing him was in Georgetown, District of Columbia, on my way to the General Conference of May 1, 1804. He was then in a very feeble condition. His affliction was hemorrhage of the lungs, of which he died. During the time he traveled in Kentucky he passed through many sufferings and privations, in weariness and want, in hunger and nakedness, traveling from fort to fort, sometimes with a guard and sometimes alone-often exposing his life.”
The causes, to which a reference has already been made, as having a tendency to retard the growth of the infant Church, were in no degree lessened: in addition to which, the minds of the people were occupied to a great extent by the questions that would necessarily grow out of the organization of the Government of the State.
Notwithstanding much had been done since the first arrival of Messrs. Haw and Ogden, in 1786, yet we have to lament a smaller increase this