Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) was the son of Charles and nephew of John Wesley. Samuel was a child prodigy - called by some the 'English Mozart' - who began an oratorio aged 6 and became a composer, organist, conductor and lecturer. A man of wide culture, his personal life was unconventional, which contributed to obstacles in his professional life.
This late work was published in 1828, by which time Samuel had become music adviser to the Wesleyan Methodists. It is inscribed in his hand 'S Wesley'.