Susanna Wesley

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SW 's surviving writings, dating from the earlier eighteenth century, include letters, devotional diaries, prayers, meditations, and essays written for her children on points of religious doctrine. Publication began years after her death.
Head-and-shoulders painting of Susanna Wesley in profile, artist unknown. Set against an outdoor background, she is wearing a lace cap over her dark hair, gold drop earrings and a white lace neckerchief under a yellow or beige cloak.
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Milestones

20 January 1669
Susanna Annesley (later SW ) was born, probably at her parents' home in Spital Yard, Bishopsgate, London; she was the youngest surviving child, traditionally said to be the twenty-fifth.
Seven girls and two boys lived to grow up, probably less than half the total born.
Wesley, Susanna. “Introduction”. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings, edited by Charles Wallace, Oxford University Press, 1997.
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SW 's birthplace, just off Bishopsgate, is now known as Susannah [sic] Wesley House.
Wesley, Susanna. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings. Wallace, CharlesEditor , Oxford University Press, 1997.
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Wesley, Susanna. “Introduction”. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings, edited by Charles Wallace, Oxford University Press, 1997.
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7 March 1702
SW penned the earliest-dated among her surviving letters: to Lady Yarborough about her quarrel with her husband over her political opinions.
Wesley, Susanna. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings. Wallace, CharlesEditor , Oxford University Press, 1997.
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24 July 1732
SW wrote the famous letter to her son John in which she outlined in detail her system of childrearing.
Wesley, Susanna. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings. Wallace, CharlesEditor , Oxford University Press, 1997.
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30 July 1742
SW died at her son John 's Methodist headquarters of The Foundery in London.
The date has also been given as 23 July.
Wesley, Susanna. “Introduction”. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings, edited by Charles Wallace, Oxford University Press, 1997.
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Biography

Birth and Family

20 January 1669
Susanna Annesley (later SW ) was born, probably at her parents' home in Spital Yard, Bishopsgate, London; she was the youngest surviving child, traditionally said to be the twenty-fifth.
Seven girls and two boys lived to grow up, probably less than half the total born.
Wesley, Susanna. “Introduction”. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings, edited by Charles Wallace, Oxford University Press, 1997.
4
SW 's birthplace, just off Bishopsgate, is now known as Susannah [sic] Wesley House.
Wesley, Susanna. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings. Wallace, CharlesEditor , Oxford University Press, 1997.
5
Wesley, Susanna. “Introduction”. Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings, edited by Charles Wallace, Oxford University Press, 1997.
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