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CHAPTER IV. THE REV. SAMUEL WESLEY, JUNIOR. Samuel Wesley, M. A.,
son of Samuel and Susannah Wesley, was born about 1692, a year or
two before his parents removed to Epworth; being nearly eleven
years older than his brother Mr. John Wesley, and sixteen older
than Mr. Charles. Concerning his childhood, there is something very
remarkable. He did not speak at all till he was more than four
years old, and was thought to be deficient in understanding. But he
one day answered a question, which was proposed to a servant
concerning him, in such a way as greatly surprised all that were
present: and from that time he spoke without any difficulty. He was
sent to Westminster school about the beginning of the year 1704,
and admitted a King's scholar in 1707.f Before he left home, his
mother, by judicious and constant instruction, had formed his mind
to a knowledge and serious sense of religion; but she knew the
danger of his situation at Westminster, and how exceedingly apt
young persons are to be drawn aside from religion and virtue, by
improper companions, and bad examples constantly before their eyes.
On this account she was anxious for the preservation of his morals,
as he grew up and became more exposed to temptation. After she had
recovered from the shock of the fire, which destroyed all they had,
and from the fury of which they saved themselves with great
difficulty, This date of his birth is taken from a memorandum,
which Mr. John Wesley wrote on the back of one of his brother's
letters. . . - .. ) Welch's List of Scholars of St. Peter's
College, Westminster, as they were elected to Christ Church,
Oxford, and to Trinity College, Cambridge, p. 91. she wrote him a
long letter, dated October 1709; which, for the importance of the
matter, and the energy with which it is w...
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