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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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Looking Forward, Looking Backward

Looking Forward, Looking Backward

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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

John Wigger (Contributor Webpage)

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In the wake of the sacramental crisis Asbury established a pattern of relentless travel by horseback across the continent that defined the church for decades to come. He visited New York City, which had been cut off by the war, in August 1783 and also assigned John Dickins to the city. As he traveled, Asbury continued to establish bonds with the mostly young preachers, often using humor as a means to do so. He also remained committed to a pattern of voluntary poverty and never publicly displayed any hint of sexual impropriety. Other preachers, including William Ormond, found it more difficult to repress their sexuality. Jeremiah Minter created a scandal when he had himself surgically castrated to avoid suspicions over his relationship with Sarah Jones. Asbury and Thomas Coke met for the first time at Barratt’s Chapel in Delaware, though Asbury did not initially know why John Wesley had sent Coke.

Keywords:   Barratt’s Chapel, Thomas Coke, John Dickins, horseback, humor, Sarah Jones, Jeremiah Minter, William Ormond, sexuality, John Wesley

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