On this date, September 12, in 1771, twenty-six year old Methodist missionary, Francis Asbury, leaves England for America. He is sent by John Wesley to help the Methodist brethren in America.
Asbury writes in his journal as he sails to America: “Whither am I going? To the New World. What to do? To gain honor? No, if I know my own heart. To get money? No, I am going to live to God, and to bring others to do so.”
Asbury would arrive in America in November. He became not only Methodism’s, but also America’s, most famous circuit rider.
He never again returned to England. Never again saw his parents or family.