Wesley, Samuel Sebastian

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-76) – grandson of hymn writer Charles Wesley & son of Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) & Sarah Suter (who had been his housekeeper). Suter bore him several children & their relationship out of wedlock continued because of Samuel’s attraction to the opinions of Martin Madan (non-conformist cleric & a first cousin of William Cowper), who held unorthodox views on marriage. In 1780 Madan wrote Thelyphthora, or A Treatise on Female Ruin, a work on how polygamy was okay by the Bible & would solve the problems of adultery & prostitution. Back in 1748 Madan attended one of John Wesley’s evangelical services, got religion on the spot, & took holy orders.

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