Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley

1750-1800 / Engraving / Paper / Print / The Wesley Family
Engraving on paper
late 1700s

The Reverend Charles Wesley MA (1707-1788), was John Wesley's younger brother. He was one of the youngest children of Susanna and Samuel Wesley, their eighteenth child. Like his brother, Charles was ordained into the Anglican Church and later became active in the Methodist movement, However, despite their closeness, the brothers did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs, in particular whether a breach with the Church of England was permissible or justified. This led to open conflict.

Charles Wesley is best known for writing about 6,500 hymns and he has sometimes been called the 'sweet singer of Methodism'. His sons Charles Wesley jr. (1757-1834) and Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) both became composers and organists, carrying on the musical tradition in the family.

See also the oil painting 1997/6656 of Charles Wesley by John Russell in the Online Collection.