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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/6/6
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/6/6
      GB 135 Wesley Letters Black Folio, page 10.
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Dec.1738

Scope and Content

From Samuel Wesley junior in Tiverton, Devon, to Charles Wesley at Christchurch, Oxford, emphasising that he does not need a special reason to wish to write to his brother.

Brother John is reportedly visiting Lincolnshire, and will no doubt write in due course. Emily wrote to their John 'querelous enough without doubt', to which he replied praising the [Moravian] Church in Germany. Emily wants Samuel to explain it all to her, which he will once Charles explains it to him.

He fears that Charles is merely 'stationed' in Oxford, just as [Benjamin] Ingham and [George] Whitefield are in London. Samuel would really like Charles to take a tutor's appointment at Christchurch, but feels that 'time is past with you and me'.

If John 'gives away any of his sermons to those that can afford to buy them', Samuel would like a copy. He feels that their habit of preaching for about an hour in the pulpit, only to publish an abbreviated version of the sermon has 'a most monstrous appearance of dishonesty'. His brothers should really give public notice of this practice, or else it could be regarded as 'knavery'.

Aunt Dyer wishes John Ellison to be sent away to sea, and Emily Harper is pushing for the same. Samuel is however intent on sending his nephew to Oxford, and hopes that John and Charles feel the same way 'he has already got too much Greek for a tar'.

Samuel did not receive any hymns in John's last box he wants both parts but especially the first. He cannot remember promising to send Charles any of Herbert's(?) poetry.

Both Samuel and Ursula are well.

[John Ellison was the son of Susanna Wesley the younger.]