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Francis Asbury Letters

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 7 Dec 2009

Biographical History

Francis Asbury (1745-1816) was one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. Born in England, he came to America in 1771; in 1784 he, with Thomas Coke, was named the head of the Methodist Church in America. There is a statue to his memory in Washington, DC, and in many towns and cities across America one may find an Asbury United Methodist Church.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Francis Asbury Letters consists of two letters. One is from Francis Asbury to Reverend Robert Birch, Carlisle, Pennsylvania ("My very dear Bob..."). Contained within this is a second letter, from Henry Boehm to Rev. Birch ("Dear Son"). Both are dated 23 Dec 1811. Also in the folder is a negative photocopy of both letters.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has in its Rare Books Collection numerous published items by Reverend Asbury including his personal journal, which was published first in 1904 but also in several later editions. Please search the Classic Catalog to locate these related materials.

Subject Headings


Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816.
Birch, Robert, 1808-1842.
Boehm, Henry, 1775-1875.

Corporate Bodies

Methodist Episcopal Church -- Clergy.

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Francis Asbury Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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