Letter

Scope and Content

From Epworth to Samuel Wesley junior, describing her recent recovery from the severe depression that has affected her since the fire.

She gives Samuel very detailed guidance on how to fulfil his obligations to God and his fellow men, reminding him that as the first born of their children he was dedicated by his parents to the service of God.

So that she might better instruct her children, she had for many years been compiling a book containing the fruits of her own experience and education, including a discussion of her reasons for abandoning the tradition of dissent in which she was raised for membership of the Church of England. Unfortunately the book was lost in the fire, and she urges him to start writing one of his own with her assistance.

His sister Emily has made him a purse, which she is sending with a small gift of her own.