and Wesley's sister
had suffered in bitterly unhappy marriages which were not of their own choosing.
's authorship has only recently been substantiated: she is identified in a note in the
copy, and in a letter from one
of Evesham to
, written in 1741.
The Gentleman's Magazine
reprinted extensive excerpts this same year, and more than fifty years later, in January 1788, the Columbian Magazine
published in Philadelphia
began a 5-part reprint of the text under the title of A Tract on the Unreasonableness of the Law in regard to Wives
, with its usage of the pronoun we
for women altered to they
A scholarly edition by
appeared in 2018.
had read this remarkable work in manuscript the previous year. (Wesley had been reading her writing with enjoyment since at least April 1733.)