Less than three years after his failed engagement to Grace Murray, Wesley was becoming interested in another potential wife.
His unwillingness to consult with his brother Charles in this new romance was completely understandable.
But, of course, it is exactly what he should have done. His reluctance to take counsel on this vitally important decision was to lead to twenty years of unhappiness both for him, and for his future wife.
Molly Vazeille, widowed for three years, but wealthy, had shown an interest in spiritual things and Wesley wrote to her in 1750.
Charles Wesley and his wife, Sally, already knew Molly and were not impressed.
John, however, was impressed and said as much to her in what he probably considered a glowing letter. He said he appreciated her ‘industry’, her ‘exact frugality’ and her ‘uncommon neatness and cleanness.’ She must have been beside herself with delight!
He was careful to add that this uncommon neatness and cleanness extended to her person, her clothes and to all those things around her!
It made us all hide our faces
He merely announced to Charles and Sally his intention to marry. Charles was ‘thunderstruck’ and filled with dread.
At the next church service John announced that he was to marry Molly Vazeille. Charles, commenting on the response of the congregation, said it ‘made us all hide our faces.’
In mid-February 1751, just a couple of years after the Grace Murray disaster, John Wesley was married.
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