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Letters Of Henry Venn

Author

Henry Venn

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Letters Of Henry Venn
Look Inside Price £14.75 £11.80
Weight 0.91 kg
Dimensions 22.35 x 14.61 x 4.06 cm
topic

Life Issues, Encouragement

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 1993

page-count

624

Original Pub Date

1835

isbn

9780851516530

binding

Cloth-bound

format

Book

Book Description

These letters provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of a significant 18th-century evangelical minister. They contain, on virtually every page, practical spiritual counsel of perennial wisdom applicable to a wide variety of situations.

The Letters of Henry Venn have long been unavailable and deserve to be known and read by a new generation of Christians.

 

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  PART I.  
  MEMOIR BY THE REV. JOHN VENN.  
  Account of his ancestors 3
  Anecdotes of his boyish years 6
  Remarkable escape from danger 8
  School education 10
  Residence at College 11
  Entrance into Holy Orders 12
  ­First religious impressions 14
  Curacy of West Horsley 17
  Remarkable instance of disinterestedness 18
  ­Change of religious sentiments 22
  Curacy of Clapham 24
  Marriage 25
  Removal to Huddersfield 26
  Effect of his preaching on a Socinian 28
  Pecuniary difficulties 29
  Adoption of Calvinistic views 31
  Publication of “The Complete Duty of Man” 34
  Instances of its usefulness 35
  Death of Mrs. Venn 38
  Mode of instructing his Children 39
  ­Removal to Yelling 40
  Visit of the Editor to Huddersfield, in the year 1824 41
  ­Second marriage 52
  Intercourse with Young Men at Cambridge 52
  CONCLUSION OF THE MEMOIR BY THE EDITOR.  
  Testimony of Mr. Simeon 55
  Declining health 57
  Death 59
  LIST OF MR. VENN’S PUBLISHED WORKS 61
  PART II.  
  CORRESPONDENCE, IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.  
  SECTION I. – LETTERS WRITTEN FROM HIS FIRST

APPOINTMENT TO HUDDERSFIELD, TILL HIS REMOVAL FROM IT.

 
   
  LETTER to MRS. VENN.-Account of his journey to Huddersfield-Elevated state of mind 69
  To a FRIEND.-Employment of a Christian in solitude 71
  To MRS. VENN.-Caution against undue affection 72
  LETTER from MRS. VENN.-Reply to the last letter-Account of her own state of mind 74
  Acceptance of Huddersfield 77
  To MRS. VENN.-Prospect of happiness and usefulness at Huddersfield 78
   
  To MRS. KNIPE.-Zeal for moral duties in danger of sup­planting the Gospel-Mr. Burnett-“The Complete Duty of Man” 80
  To MRS. KNIPE.-Uncertain tenure of earthly blessings-Sins of the tongue-Mr. Walker of Truro-Mr. Adam 83
  EXTRACT.-Ministerial success 85
   
  To MRS. KNIPE.-Christening of his infant-Sir John Barnard: his afflictions and piety-Mr. Thornton 86
  To MRS. KNIPE.-Sufferings come after we have learned to obey-Benefit of Means of Grace proportionable to our diligence in the use of them 88
   
  To MRS. KNIPE.-Death of Mr. Jones, of St. Saviour’s, Southwark-Newspaper attacks 91
  EXTRACT.-Visit to Mr. Conyers at Helmsley – 93
  EIGHT PASTORAL LETTERS.  
  To MISS HUDSON.-Affliction, the lot of God’s people-difficult to bear it aright 95
  To MISS HUDSON-Reasons why God afflicts His people 98
  To MISS HUDSON.-Paraphrase of two verses of Psalm xci. 102
  To MR. T. ATKINSON.-Increase in Divine knowledge 106
  To MR. T. ATKINSON.-Right way of reading the Bible 108
  To a LADY.-Several encouraging texts explained 109
  To a YOUNG FRIEND.-Affectionate remonstrance to a backslider 111
  To a FRIEND.-Ministerial visits 115
   
  To a LADY-Refusing a legacy  
   
  To MISS WHELER.-Journey with Sir C. Hotham-Incau­tious offer of a pulpit, by a stranger-Mr. Townshend of Pewsey-Mr. Romaine-Howell Harris-Mr. Lee 119
  To a WIDOW LADY.-The opposition of relations-On her conduct towards a worldly-minded son 123
  Evil tendency of Hume’s Essays 129
   
  To J. KERSHAW, Esq.-On his conversion from Socinianism-Description of the Christian’s life 131
  LETTER from MRS. VENN, announcing her illness 135
  Particulars of her death 136
  Two LETTERS to MRS. MEDHURST.-Death of his wife 137
  To MRS. MEDHURST.-The Divine support he receives 138
  To MISS WHELER.-Preaches the day after his wife’s funeral 140
  To MRS. MEDHURST.-Recollections of his wife-Ruth Clarke 142
   
  To MRS. MEDHURST.-Affecting recollections of his wife-Pastoral visit to a dying parishioner 143
  To J. KERSHAW, Esq.-Harewood House-Necessity for retirement to a Christian 145
  Marriage of Miss Hudson to Mr. Riland 147
   
  EXTRACTS.-Journey to London-Olney-Cowper the Poet 147
  Ride in the neighbourhood of the scenes of childhood 149
  Visits to a condemned criminal 150
  Mr. Thornton-Fruits of his ministry 152
  LETTER to J. KERSHAW, Esq.-Boldness in reproving sin 154
  Engagement to preach in Lady Huntingdon’s Chapel at Bath 155
  Journey to Bath 156
  Mr. Clarke of Chesham Boyce-Mr. Talbot-Mr. Townshend 157
  Solitude cherishes faith 158
  Lady Huntingdon-Benefit of a Christian example 159
  Success of prayer not always apparent 162
  SECTION II.-LETTERS WRITTEN FROM HIS ACCEPTANCE OF YELLING, TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF HIS CORRESPONDENCE WITH HIS SON.  
   
  LETTER to MRS. RILAND.-Appointment to Yelling 164
  ­To MRS. RILAND.-Perplexity about leaving Huddersfield 166
  To J. KERSHAW, Esq.-Reasons for leaving Huddersfield 168
   
  To MRS. RILAND.-Visit to Hull-Mr. Joseph Milner-Mr. Jesse-Mr. Adam 170
  To J. KERSHAW, Esq.-Remembrance of his late flock 172
  Erection of a Dissenting Chapel at Huddersfield 174
  Vindication of his attachment to the Established Church 175
  Preaching in unconsecrated places 176
  To MRS. SMITH.-On freedom in Prayer-Bp. Hildesley 177
  To MRS. SMITH.-Feelings in prospect of his second marriage 180
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Commencement of his ministry at Yelling-Change from Huddersfield 182
  To MRS. RILAND.-Insincere professors of religion-Lowered expectation of the success of preaching 184
  To MRS. RILAND.-First sermons at Yelling 185
  To J. KERSHAW, Esq.-Solitude of Yelling-Style of preaching 187
  To the Rev. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Opposition useful to a preacher-Mr. Berridge 189
   
  To MRS. RILAND.-Improved health 191
  To MRS. RILAND.-First visit to Cambridge-Family prayers 193
  To W. WHITACRE, Esq.-Imperfection in good men-Against doubting the love of God towards us 196
  To the REV. M. POWLEY-Divisions among Christians-Students at Cambridge 198
   
  To MR. HOUGHTON.-Preciousness of the Sabbath.-Earnest prayer for his late flock 200
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Afflictions necessary for us-Essay on the Prophecy of Zacharias 201
  To MISS WHELER.-Transporting view of future glory 204
   
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Vindication of two passages in the Essay-Mr. Robinson of Leicester 206
  To W. WHITACRE, Esq.-Domestic mercies 209
  Sketch of domestic employments at Yelling 211
  Family connexions 212
  Picture of a Christian household 213
  To MR. E. VENN.-On the care of the soul 215
  To MRS. BISHOP.-“Running with patience the race set before us” 216
  To MRS. RILAND.-Wishes on their removal to Birmingham 218
   
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Hotham Rectory-Mr. Daw 221
  Journey to Highworth, in Wiltshire-Students at Oxford-Mr. Pentycross-Mr. De Coetlogon 223
  To MRS. RILAND.-Deaths of Lady Gertrude Hotham-Mrs. Nicholson-Sarah Reeves 224
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-On the knowledge of our acceptance with God 226
   
  To MRS. RILAND.-Merciful preservation 228
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Visit to Birmingham-Mr. Berridge-True holiness 230
  To J. BRASIER, Esq.-Congratulation on his marriage 234
  SECTION III-LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS CHILDREN AND DIFFERENT FRIENDS, FROM THE YEAR 1777 TO THE TIME OF HIS SON’S ORDINATION.  
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Journey to Bath-Salisbury-Captain Scott-Mr. Fletcher 237
  Mr -, Fletcher’s eminent holiness 240
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Congratulations and advice on his going to College 241
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Further advice on the same subject 243
  To MR. HENRY JOWETT.-On the right way of reading the Scriptures 249
   
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Danger of scenes of intemperance 252
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-On teaching children-Prof. Frank 254
  Anecdote of Dr. Dodd 255
  To J. BRASIER, Esq.-On self-will in children 256
  To J. BRASIER, Esq.-On Infant Baptism 258
  Evil of a cavilling spirit 260
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Joseph Hirst’s visit 261
  To MR. HOUGHTON.-Evil of Controversy 262
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Visit to Cambridge-Mr. Newton’s visit to Yelling: his sermon 265
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Mr. Robinson appointed to St. Mary’s, Leicester 267
   
  Reflections on a thunder-storm 268
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-On his birth-day-Review of his life 270
  To MR JOHN VENN.-Approaching examination 274
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Profitable conversation 276
  EIGHT LETTERS TO HIS DAUGHTERS, WHEN THEY WERE FROM HOME.  
  To MISS VENN.-Mr. Barham’s family-Advantage of intercourse with true Christians 278
  To MISS VENN.-The importance of prayer 279
  To MISS VENN.-Rank and riches no source of happiness 281
  To MISS VENN.-On her birth-day- “I am the Lord’s” 283
  To MISS CATHERINE VENN.-A meek spirit-Mrs. Barham 287
  To MISS CATHERINE VENN.-Adorable design of the Sabbath-Retrospect of his own early life 289
  To MISS CATHERINE VENN.-On her birth-day 292
  To MISS CATHERINE VENN.-The example of Jesus 295
  To MR. EDWARD VENN.-Congratulations on his marriage 297
   
  To MR. HENRY JOWETT.-An aged Christian 299
  To MR. HOUGHTON.-Regard for his late flock 300
  His son’s coming of age 303
  To LADY M. FITZGERALD.-“Coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her Beloved”-“Everlasting Strength” 304
  To LADY M. FITZGERALD.-Account of a lady who swallowed a pin-Lady Smythe-Dr. Knowles 307
  To MR. EDWARD VENN.-Intends to revisit Huddersfield 311
  To MISS JANE VENN.-Preaching at Huddersfield 312
   
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Account of his journey to Huddersfield-Mr. Robinson of Leicester-Mr. Walker of Rotherham-Elland 315
  To MR. HOUGHTON.-Affection of his Yorkshire friends 318
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Scholars too often selfish 320
  To Mas. BRASIER.-The certainty of the salvation of infants 322
   
  To LADY M. FITZGERALD.-Our trials of use to others­-Death of Mrs. Papworth 324
  To J. BRASIER, Esq.-Illness of Mr. John Venn 239
  To MISS RILAND, with a present of books-Excellence of the Bible 331
  SECTION IV.-LETTERS WRITTEN FROM THE TIME OF HIS SON’S ORDINATION, TO THE YEAR 1788.  
  MR. JOHN VENN’S hesitation about taking Holy Orders 335
  LETTER from MR. JOHN VENN.-States the reasons of his reluctance 336
  To MR. JOHN VENN.-Answers to the reasons given in the foregoing letter 340
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Ordination of Mr. J. VENN and Mr. Simeon 349
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-But few are saved-Preaching at St. Neot’s-Mr. Berridge 352
   
  To MR. EDWARD VENN.-New-year congratulation-Mr. Robinson 355
  MR. JOHN VENN presented to the living of Little Dunham 357
  EXTRACT-respecting Young Men at Cambridge 359
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Ingratitude not to discourage us-Description of different London Ministers 359
  To the REV. J. VENN.-Advice upon his going to Little Dunham-Preaching on the Commandments 363
  EXTRACT-respecting Written and Extempore Sermons 365
  Mr. Venn’s own adoption of extempore preaching 367
  To MR. T. ATKINSON.-Convictions of sin-A Hymn-Visit from Mr. J. Venn 369
  To the REV. J. VENN.-Ministers not to be discouraged by want of success 372
  To MISSES J. and C. VENN.-God is love 374
  Account of a journey into Shropshire:-Mr. Riland-Mr. Fletcher-Mr. Jonathan Scott-Mr. Robinson 376
   
  To LADY SMYTHE.-Description of a weak and strong faith 378
  To LADY M. FITZGERALD.-Wishes for a happy new year-Mr. Simeon-Young Men at Cambridge 381
  To the REV. J. VENN.-On assurance-A condemned malefactor-Declining health 383
  To the REV. J. VENN.-Illness of Mr. John Venn-Mr. Adam’s death-Small success of Ministers 385
  To MISS JANE VENN.-Religion gives a double enjoyment of temporal blessings-A thunder-storm-Mr. Scott of Olney 388
  To MISS RILAND.-Difficulties in religion to young people-On the text, “Give me thy heart” 392
  To the REV. J. VENN.-Ministers should be hard students-Daillee on the Colossians 396
  To MISS VENN.-A young Christian in sickness and health 398
  EXTRACT-respecting Mr. Maddock of Creaton 400
  To the REV. J. VENN.-The evil of schism-Daillee on the Colossians 401
  Error of exalting Preaching above Public Prayer 404
  To MISS JANE VENN.-On her visit to Huddersfield-God the “Father” of His people 405
   
  To MRS. RILAND.-Recollections of Christmas-The cxixth Psalm 409
  To MISS J. C. VENN.-Sermon on his 60th birth-day: “We look not at the things which are seen, &c.” 411
  EXTRACT-respecting the Young Men at Cambridge 415
  His Visitation Sermon at Huntingdon 416
  To MRS. RILAND.-Cheerfulness under illness 416
  To LADY M. FITZGERALD.-Mrs. Lefevre’s Letters-Lady Glenorchy 418
  Mr. Richard Venn’s residence at Yelling 420
  To the REV. M. POWLEY-Describes his own feelings during his confinement by illness 421
  To MR. ED. VENN.-No one ever repented of serving God 423
  To MISS J. C. VENN.-Review of his own progress in religion-Prospect of Heaven 424
  To MR. ELLIOTT.-Knowledge of each other in a future state 426
   
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-On teaching religion to children-Dr. I. Milner 429
  To MRS. ELLIOTT.-On her birth-day-Difference between our natural and glorified bodies 431
  Mr. Venn’s preaching in London-Mr. Wilberforce 435
  To J. KERSHAW, Esq.-Recollections of Huddersfield 435
  To LADY M. FITZGERALD.-Death of Lady Glenorchy-consolatory 437
  LETTER from LADY M. FITZGERALD.-Humble views of herself-Dr. Conyers 439
  To LADY M. FITZGERALD.-Commendation of the graces manifest in our Christian friends 442
  To MRS. RILAND.-Blessedness of the saints in light 445
  To MISS J. C. VENN.-Mr. Johnson, Chaplain to Botany Bay-Prospects of the conversion of the Heathen 446
  To J. KERSHAW, Esq.-Adam’s posthumous Works-A friend who thought of leaving the Church 447
   
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Grace proportioned to diligence-Benefit of Fasting 449
  To MRS. RILAND.-Preaching in his kitchen 451
  To MR. ELLIOTT.-The way of attaining heavenly-mindedness 454
  To MR. ELLIOTT.-Piety in men of business 456
  SECTION V.-LETTERS WRITTEN FROM THE YEAR 1788, TO THE CLOSE OF HIS CORRESPONDENCE.  
   
  To the REV. JOHN VENN.-Importance of preaching on Striking Texts-Mr. Berridge 463
  EXTRACT.-On Striking Texts 463
  To MRS. ELLIOTT.-Prayers for his children-Death of Mrs. Kershaw 463
  To MR. ELLIOTT.-On the death of his mother 465
   
  To MR. JOHN HOUGHTON.-On teaching young children- A sermon of Mr. John Venn-His own declining health 467
  To the REV. JOHN VENN.-Kennicott’s Dissertations 469
  EXTRACT.-On the King’s Recovery 471
  To MISS CATHERINE VENN.-Against doubting the love of God-On her having heard Mr. Wesley preach 471
  Marriage of Mr. John Venn 474
  To MRS. ELLIOTT.-Confinement from Public Ordinances, through illness-A family meeting-Mr. Burnett 476
  To MRS. KING.-On her daughter’s marriage 478
   
  To MR. ELLIOTT.-Mr. Simeon 480
  To MRS. ELLIOTT.-Declining health of the family 482
  To LADY M. FITZGERALD.-Death of Lady Smythe 483
  EXTRACT.-His last Sermon at Surrey Chapel 485
  To MRS. JOHN VENN.-Wishes for her prosperous journey-Mr. Parry-Mr. Thornton 486
  To MR. ELLIOTT.-Happiness of praying for each other 487
  EXTRACT.-Death of John Thornton, Esq. 489
  To the REV. JOHN VENN.-Death of Mr. Thornton 489
  To MISS J. C. VENN.-Particulars respecting Mr. Thornton’s Death 491
   
  To MRS. JOHN VENN.-On his own illness 493
  To the REV. JOHN VENN.-Adam’s Works-Mr. Simeon 495
  To MRS. RILAND.-Mr. Newton-Visit to London and Cambridge 497
  To MRS. ELLIOTT.-Death of Mr. Richard Venn 499
   
  EXTRACTS.-Declining health of Mr. Berridge 500
  To MR. T. ATKINSON.-Christians should abound in charity 501
  EXTRACT.-The placing of Ministers the prerogative of Christ 503
  To the REV. J. VENN.-Usefulness is all, in Christians 504
  EXTRACT.-Wishes sent to a Clerical Society 505
  To the REV. J. VENN.-Mrs. Venn’s illness 506
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Death of Mrs. Venn 507
  Appointment of Mr John VENN to the Rectory of Clapham 508
  To the REV. JOHN VENN.-Benefit received from the Buxton waters-Afflictions of Bishop Lowth 511
  To MR. ELLIOTT.-Interview with friends at Buxton 512
   
  To the REV. JOHN VENN-to encourage him in the prospect of his Ministry at Clapham 513
  To the REV. JAMES and MRS.HARVEY.-Death of Mr.Berridge 518
  EXTRACT.-Success of Mr. Evans at Yelling 520
  To the REV. J. VENN.-Happy state of mind-Milner’s Church History 521
  To MRS. RILAND.-Concern for his daughter in case of his death 522
  To MR. E. VENN.-Ministrations in Clapham Church 523
  To Mr. ELLIOTT.-Earnest desire to depart 525
   
  To the REV. J. VENN.-Afflictions wean us from the world-Mr. Hodson of Jamaica 526
   
  To the REV. J. STILLINGFLEET.-Waiting for death-Soaring to Heaven 527
   
  To the REV. JOHN VENN.-On preaching the necessity of good works-Now finds Christ sufficient for him 530
  PART III.  
  LETTERS ON PARTICULAR SUBJECTS, TOO LONG FOR INSERTION IN THE PRECEDING SECTIONS.  
  To JONATHAN SCOTT, Esq.-Directions for leading a Christian life 535
  To JOHN BRASIER, Esq.-On the same subject 547
  To LADY MARY FITZGERALD.-On the doubts and fears of upright Christians 554
  To a FRIEND.-On the study of the Hebrew-and the sufficiency of Translations to convey the knowledge of the Truth 563
  To LADY MARY FITZGERALD.-Cautions on the life of Mr. Fletcher, and of eminently good persons in general 578
  The MISTAKES into which Young Ministers are apt to fall 588

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