The biography of one of the leaders of the Evangelical Movement at the beginning of the nineteenth century. As the son of Henry Venn of Huddersfield and friend of Charles Simeon, William Wilberforce, Henry Thornton, and Hannah More, John Venn tends only to be remembered because of his relationship to them, but his avoidance of the limelight should not lead to an underestimation of his influence. As Rector of Clapham, Venn was the prototypically effective nineteenth-century town parson, but through his role as first Chairman of the Church Missionary Society and as Chaplain to the Clapham Sect his influence was felt on the wider Church. Full use has been made of the Venn Family Papers and other original sources, including letters and diaries.
Reverend Canon Michael Murray Hennell was educated at Bishops Stortford College and Royal Masonic School and St Edmund Hall and Wycliff Hall (Oxford). He worked at St Stephen's With St Bartholomew's (Islington) and at Ridley Hall (Cambridge) as a tutor and later as principal.