On this date, May 3, 1814, bishop Thomas Coke died at sea near India. Some believed that Coke would be Wesley’s successor after Fletcher died young, but it was not to be. Coke was widely involved in spreading Methodist missions.
Thought they had occasional conflict, Francis Asbury had this to say about Thomas Coke.
He was “a gentleman, a scholar, a bishop to us; and as a minister of Christ, in zeal, in labours, in services, the greatest man in the last century.”