This small writing case or writing slope belonged to John Wesley and would have been used for writing letters and storing paper and documents when travelling. It is fitted with a roll-top, or 'tambour'. The roll-top slides open to reveal a writing surface and storage compartments for two glass inkwells and another for blotting sand, as well as a pen tray and two small drawers. The roll-top action is connected to a larger drawer beneath the writing surface, which slides open as the roll-top is opened, and closes when the roll-top is shut.
This writing case would have been a luxury item, and a very useful travel companion for John Wesley. It may well have been a present.