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