John & Charles Wesley
“[John] had learned a lot from his older sisters, especially Emily – maybe as much as he did during the rest of the day….Every minute of every day was planned in the Wesley family. Each day he arose only when the nursemaid game him permission, and then he said the Lord’s Prayer, then prayed for his family, then recited something memorized from the Book of Common Prayer, then recited some Scripture, just as he did at night before bed. Then he dressed and hurried downstairs to breakfast.
…After the meal, the toddlers Charles and Patty disappeared to the nursery, and the rest of the children gathered in the parlor, where their mother, Susanna, taught them Latin, mathematics, geography, and history. (Like every Wesley child before him, John had been reading since his fifth birthday. Only Holy Scripture, however, was suitable for learning to read.) At noon, they stopped studying to eat lunch and rest. Then from two to five they studied again. As they grew older, their studies expanded into Hebrew and Greek with Father in the evenings.
‘And no Wesley child neglects poetry and music,’ muttered John sleepily. ‘An educated person can discuss a sonnet or a sonata as easily as the weather.’ After supper, they retired to their rooms to be dressed in night robes and washed for bed by their nursemaid. Every moment of every day was intended for some good purpose.”
~John Wesley: The Horseback Preacher (Young Reader's Christian Library) John Wesley: The Horseback Preacher (Young Reader's Christian Library), by Sam Wellman (p. 12-16).
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