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From John Wesley to Mary ('Molly') Wesley, nee Vazeille, ca. 1759

First page of a long six page letter from John Wesley to his wife Mary ('Molly'). John and Molly had a difficult marriage. In this very personal letter, John reflects on their issues and focuses on Molly's behaviour, which he, rightly or wrongly, blames for most of the marital difficulties. The letter makes clear that the marriage is in serious trouble.

The exact date of this letter is no longer legible, but likely it was written from York on July 15th, 1759. John and Molly first split up in 1758, but 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.