Letter

Scope and Content

To John Wesley at Lincoln College, Oxford, re the misunderstanding between them. Samuel is convinced that he has not given his brother any cause to believe that he is 'unconcerned in your welfare'. His last letter was concerned with 'University exercises' and was not intended to be harsh, but rather to guide John towards gaining the greatest benfit from his studies.

Samuel refers to the fifty-third Canon of the Anglican Church, and to the quarrel between John and their father re the latter's treatment of Hetty. John was wrong to read his sermon to his mother before delivering it from the pulpit, as it fuelled their father's suspicion of a'combination' against him. It would have been better if John had wrote to his father instead. He would like to read the sermon as soon as John can send it.

With regard to the question of helping their family financially, he is sure that John needs no guidance from him on 'where to place your superfluities'.

He wishes that John had not commented in his last letter on their father's temper. Samuel has lived with him a lot longer than John, and has always managed to please him. John should not 'use any more solemn appeals to the searcher of hearts'.

Samuel will do his best to reconcile their parents and Emily to Hetty, but only if she is truly sorry for her actions.

John is mistaken in his belief, that Samuel thinks that Anne's conduct has worsened since her marriage to John Lambert.

He hopes that their disagreement is now at an end - 'Methinks I see lande. John should always remember that all of Samuel's 'merit' is directed towards his mother and sisters.

In a postscript, he asks John to send his receipt for the Michalmas Charterhouse money.

[Note: The fifty-third Canon forbids preachers from using the pulpit to contradict the sermons of another preacher.]