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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists$
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John Wigger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387803.001.0001

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“Down from a Joyless height”

“Down from a Joyless height”

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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

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Asbury fell seriously ill again in 1797 but continued to travel anyway, riding from Charleston to New York City over the spring and summer. Asbury's experience with prolonged illnesses was not unusual for the period. A case in point is the preacher William Ormond, who suffered a number of illnesses and tried a range of cures 1791-1801. In June 1798 Asbury learned that his father had died. Asbury never says much about his father, who evidently had some failing that made him vaguely embarrassing. As his health remained fragile, Asbury continued to depend on Methodist women for support. When John Dickins died of yellow fever in 1798, Asbury replaced him as head of the church's book concern with Ezekiel Cooper. Cooper didn't want the job because of the concern's debts, but he proved a successful manager and editor. Given his poor health, Asbury made plans during 1799 to resign from the episcopacy.

Keywords:   book concern, Ezekiel Cooper, John Dickins, editor, episcopacy, father, health, illnesses, William Ormond, women

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