From Mehetabel Wright in Frith Street, Soho, London, to [S W], congratulating her on her marriage to a man who 'has no equal in some accomplishments which I forbear to mention because of our kindred, & that you may think I intend to write a panegyric…but rather to wish a blessing on you both'.
Too much should not be expected from a partenor in marriage 'since conjugal happiness consists more in mutual endeavours to soften & alleviate the miseries of life, than any vain expectation or pursuit of pleasure'. Having said which she hopes that God will grant to Sarah, comfort, health, and peace.
In a postscript she asks for a reply when Sarah has a few moments to spare.
- Mehetabel Wright was an older sister of Charles Wesley, and one of the most talented and tragic of her family. She inherited a gift for poetry from her father, and several of her poems were printed in the Gentleman's Magazine and other publications. After giving birth to an illegitimate child in 1726, she was pressured by her family into marrying a plumber William Wright. The marriage was not a happy one. She died in 1750 after a long period of ill health. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974), and Wesley family manuscripts deposited at the Methodist Archives and Research Centre.