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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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“I see, I feel what is wrong in preachers and people, but I cannot make it right”

“I see, I feel what is wrong in preachers and people, but I cannot make it right”

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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

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When he had the time, Asbury read as much as he could, including popular new releases. Richard Whatcoat died in July 1806. The details of Thomas Coke’s secret overtures to William White to combine the Methodist and Episcopal churches in 1791 were first published in 1807. This further undermined Coke’s standing among American Methodists. The 1808 General Conference elected William McKendree to the episcopacy to replace Whatcoat. The conference also passed the so-called Restrictive Rules, which formed something akin to new constitution for the church, making it more difficult to change basic doctrine. All of this was a relief to Asbury, who continued to push himself, relentlessly traveling from one annual conference to the next across the nation. Yet he could not help but notice the growing prosperity of many Methodists, which Asbury feared would ultimately dampen their zeal.

Keywords:   annual conference, Thomas Coke, episcopacy, doctrine, General Conference, William McKendree, prosperity, Restrictive Rules, Richard Whatcoat, William White

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