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Book - “The Life of  Rev. Henry Venn”
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Title: Book - “The Life of Rev. Henry Venn”
Identifier: 979.6.1345
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1839
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A book entitled "Life of Rev. Henry Venn". It has a mauve cover embossed with scroll designs and has gold lettering on the spine. On first page is written "Marg Patton, 1841". Book was published in 1839.

Reverend Henry Venn was part of the first generation Evangelical revival in England in the 18th century. He was known as the spiritual father of the Clapham Sect. The Clapham Sect was the centre of initiative among second generation evangelicals. Henry's son John Venn and grandson Henry Venn were also a part of the movement. The novel, The Life of Rev. Henry Venn, is comprised mostly of his letters and was written by his son John and finished by his grandson Henry. It was first published in 1834.

Margaret Patton née Harris (c.1800-1877) was the sister of Captain James Harris of Benares and Matilda Lindsay. Margaret, named for her mother, Margaret Marshall Harris, married her first cousin, James Murray Patton. In 1831, James inherited 2/3rds of the Glenalmond Estate in Perthshire, Scotland with his brother Thomas. During James’ ownership, a group of Highland whiskey bootleggers were caught by a force of excisemen and cavalry on Glenalmond lands that was immortalized in a ballad (1837). James Murray died on Christmas day in 1853. Glenalmond was left to James’ younger brother Thomas and later to his sister Margaret Ann Patton whom Margaret lived with. Margaret frequently wrote to her brother, Captain Harris at Benares and would help to send care packages to his family with her sister Matilda. Margaret died in 1877.
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