From Samuel Wesley in Euston Street, London, to Sally Wesley, re the subscriptions for his publication.
He pities the 'claimant' very much, but feels that there is little excuse for 'those two base legitimates [Samuel's sons Charles and John], who refused to assist…when they well knew their father could not and why? because their beloved mother had thought proper to ruin him'. Sally should ask Mrs Ball at Duke Street about the way in which Samuel was cheated of money by Charlotte Wesley's tradesmen. If Samuel were to wantonly neglect his estranged wife and children, he would be 'the first of my family who ever did so'.
He is careful to publicise Mr Allan's cheating of his brother Charles. Allan has a bad name for everything except 'voicing the reed stops of an organ'.
Samuel already owes money to Messrs. Drummer and Street, or he would willingly ask them for a loan to help Sally.
He is pleased that Francis sang well the boy does not expect payment for the performance and neither does Samuel, who would certainly never consider asking for money for assisting his brother Charles.
Samuel feels that the 'affair ought to rest entirely with Mr Edmonds, because it was his not your party, if I am rightly informed'.
[William] Hawes used to receive three guineas for each of Samuel Sebastian Wesley's performances, and he never so much as thanked the boy let alone paid him. Still, Samuel Sebastian has a good chance of earning a good living 'tho in a profession that I hate & despise'.
He understands that the Catholic bishop [William] Poynter will not allow more than twenty performers at any one time in his chapel, which effectively means that Mozart's Requiem cannot be performed there 'Poor Von Weber's soul will not suffer much in purgatory for the omission'.