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CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY ARCHIVE
Section III: Central Records

Part 20: Papers of Henry Venn (Secretary of CMS, 1846-1873) and Family

Henry Venn (1796-1873), Secretary of the Church Missionary Society for 31 years, was the grandson of Henry Venn (1725-1797), a member of the group of second-generation Evangelicals, later known as the 'Clapham Sect' and the son of John Venn (1759-1813).

Venn was one of the key figures of the nineteenth-century missionary and evangelical movement, a strong campaigner against slavery and a proponent of education in the vernacular in the CMS missions.

Included in this second par of the papers of Henry Venn (1796-1873) and his family are:

  • Personal correspondence of Henry Venn, (1796-1873), Secretary of CMS and his wife Martha
  • Correspondence of John Venn of Hereford, 1802-1890 and other members of the Venn family together with papers of the King, Newton and Thornton families
  • Miscellaneous papers including two log books of East India Company ships, religious pamphlets and books


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