5th edition, 1789
The full title of the book is a lengthy one: "A form of discipline, for the ministers, preachers, and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America, considered and approved at a conference held at Baltimore, in the state of Maryland, on Monday the 27th of December, 1784: in which Thomas Coke, and Francis Asbury, presided. : Arranged under proper heads, and methodised in a more acceptable and easy manner. With some other useful pieces annexed."
The book is the outcome of the American Christmas Conference of 1784 in Baltimore. There, the appointment of Thomas Coke as Superintendent was confirmed and the American Methodist Church was constituted as an independent body. During the Conference, Coke ordained Francis Asbury as his co-superintendent, supported unanimously by some sixty American Methodist itinerant preachers. In 1787, despite Wesley’s strong disapproval, the title ‘Superintendent’ was replaced by ‘Bishop’ and the American Methodist Church became the Methodist Episcopal Church.