From John Wesley to his wife, Mary (Molly) nee Vazeille, 21 May 1756
John Wesley's marriage was difficult almost from the start. John and Molly got married in 1751. Both were in their forties, headstrong and used to having their own way. Five years into their marriage, this letter hints at trouble. The opening lines are tense, followed by John's complaint that his wife is negligent in writing. He in turn writes of the overarching importance of the ministry and travel in his life, "But my journeys are first". This caused many arguments.
John and Molly split up in 1758. They got back together and split again over the following years until Molly left John for good in 1771.
See also John Wesley's letter of 10th July, 1756 to his wife in the Online Collection.