Letter

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From Ridge, Hertfordshire, to Sarah Wesley in Chesterfield Street, London, defending Charlotte Martin in great detail against the charges levelled against her; namely extravagance, and the possession of a fickle and wanton nature.

Samuel knows 'that till she was mine, she was pure and untouchede. Since their first meeting in 1782, she has refused many offers of marriage from men willing to support her in the comfort in which she was raised,and prefers Samuel with his 'wooden cottage' and £150 a year. For his part he considers her to be his wife 'by all the laws of nature and of Gode.

[ Note: Samuel Wesley and Charlotte Martin were married on April 5th 1793.]