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Charles Wesley (1793-1859)

Charles Wesley was the eldest son of Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) and his wife Charlotte. He was educated at home until the age of ten and was then sent away to school, first at Maidstone in Kent and then St Paul's in London. In the aftermath of the breakdown in his parents' marriage, a large part of the responsibility for Charles' upbringing was assumed by his Uncle Charles Wesley (1757-1834) and Aunt Sarah Wesley (1759-1826). Charles went up to Christ Church Cambridge in 1818 and displayed considerable academic ability, especially in the field of logic.

Charles was ordained into the Anglican ministry in 1821 and served in several London parishes until 1833 when he was appointed chaplain to the Royal household and later sub-dean of the Chapels Royal. In 1847 he became chaplain in ordinary to Queen Victoria.

Charles married Eliza Skelton in 1824. There were four children, two of whom survived infancy.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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