Very rare tractate regarding a controversy that arose in Dewsbury in 1788 and then spread to a handful of other meeting houses.
In 1788, there was need for a new pastor for the Methodist Congregation at Dewsbury. The Trustees of that house took it upon themselves to find a pastor and reject the imposition of a pastor by Wesley. The action from Dewsbury resulted in Wesley ordering their payment of the entire remaining loan for the establishment of the house within 7 days or their departure from the facility. In the end, it seems Wesley was unwilling to put his threat to action, and the Dewsbury Meeting House became an independent dissenting church.
Upon seeing this, several others seem to have seized the moment to claim their own independence from Wesley and the governing body of the Methodist Church.
Both Coke and Alexander Mather were involved in the dispute as well. The present is a scarce contribution to the small pamphlet war that erupted as a result. John Atlay, pastor at Dewsbury, also issued rejoinders and accusations against Wesley himself.
Mather, Alexander. A Supplement to the Rev. Dr. Coke's State of Dewsbury-House. London. T Chapman. 1788. First Edition. 28pp.
Good + with some wear at spine and small tears at wraps; probably removed from a larger sammelband at some point. Generally clean and crisp.