COKE, THOMAS, D.D., LL.D., 1747-1814; b. Wales; first bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was educated at Oxford, and entered the ministry of the established church about 1775; but objections were made to his sermons as too evangelical, and lie was silenced. After an intervie vi,with Wesley he joined the new denomination and was sent to London, where he became popular. In 1782, he was appointed president of the Irish conference, and in 1784, lie was made bishop of America, reaching New York in the same year. Francis Asbury acknowledged his authority, and was by him ordained a bishop. They traveled together among the various conferences until the middle of 1785, when Coke returned to England, and visited Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. He made another visit to America, and afterwards devoted himself to missionary work, his first efforts being among the negroes in the West Indies. Again he traveled in a portion of the
United States, and returned to England in 1787. The next year lie again visited the West Indies and the United States, and again in 1790. After Wesley's death lie was chosen secretary of the general conference. The remainder of his days were passed in active missionary work in Europe and America, and in 1813 lie sailed for Ceylon, dying on the voyage. lie wrote a life of Wesley, a commentary on the Scriptures, history rf the West Indies; History of the Bible; Defense of the Doctrine of Justification by I hills and theWitness of the Holy Spirit, and many essays.
COL (Fr. neck), in geography, is a depression or pass in a mountain-range, In those parts of the Alps where the French language prevails, the passes are usually named cols —as the Col do Balme, the Col du Geant, etc.