First page of a letter written by Susanna Wesley (1669-1742), mother of John and Charles Wesley, to her son Samuel (1690/91-1739).
In this undated letter, Susanna discusses family matters and religion with her first-born son Samuel, or 'Sam'. As she mentions her son coming of age (at 21), the letter likely dates to sometime around 1711 to 1713, and was probably written while Sam was studying at Christ Church, Oxford. It is thus one of the earliest Wesley family letters in the museum's collection.
The letter is noteworthy for Susanna's very sensible and practical attitude towards things, and also the way she writes about religion and her faith.
Samuel Wesley jr. was ordained and became head usher at Westminster School, 1713-1733. Later. he became headmaster of Blundell's School, Tiverton, in Devon.