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Letters Of Henry Venn

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Henry Venn

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Letters Of Henry Venn
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Life Issues, Encouragement

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 1993

page-count

624

Original Pub Date

1835

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9780851516530

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Cloth-bound

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Book

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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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