First of two pages, 23rd February 1724
One of the earliest letters in the Collection, this letter was written by Susanna Wesley to her son.
Aged 21 and about to take his final examination at Oxford University, John had written to his mother to inform her that he had decided to take holy orders. She refers to this as the 'alteration of yr temper' and the letter makes clear that she is very pleased with his decision. 'If it be so, happy are you if you cherish those Dispositions, and now in good Earnest resolv (sic) to make Religion the Business of yr Life.'
Interestingly, Susanna points out that John's father would prefer an academic career for his son, and that she and her husband are rarely of the same opinion: '..tis an unhappiness almost peculiar to our Family, That (sic) your Father & I Seldom (sic) think alike'.
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