Jeremiah Hunt

Last updated

Jeremiah Hunt, D.D. (London, 11 June 1678– 5 September 1744) was an independent minister.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.



Jeremiah Hunt was born as the only son of Thomas Hunt, a London merchant, on 11 June 1678. His father died in 1680, and his mother secured for him a liberal education. He studied first under Thomas Rowe, [1] then at the Edinburgh University, and lastly at Leiden University (1699-1701), where Nathaniel Lardner was a fellow student. He owed much to John Milling (d. 16 June 1705), minister of the English presbyterian church at Leyden, and learned Hebrew language and literature of a rabbi from Lithuania, and therefore afterwards acquired the title "Rabbi Hunt." [1] In Holland he was licensed to preach, and was one of three who officiated in turns to the English presbyterian congregation at Amsterdam. He always preached without notes, and his memory was so good that he could recall the language of an unwritten sermon fourteen years after its delivery. On his return to England he was for three years (1704-7) assistant to John Green, an ejected divine, who had formed an independent church at Tunstead, Norfolk. Here, according to Harmer, he was ordained.

Thomas Rowe (1657–1705) was an English nonconformist minister, significant as the teacher of the next generation of Dissenters, particularly in philosophy, in one of the first of the dissenting academies.

Leiden University university in the Netherlands

Leiden University is a public research university in Leiden, Netherlands. Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange; leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years' War; as a reward to the town of Leiden for its defense against Spanish attacks, it is the oldest institution of higher education in the Netherlands, and the twelfth-oldest in Europe.

Nathaniel Lardner British theologian

Nathaniel Lardner was an English theologian.

Coming up to London in 1707, Hunt accepted a call to succeed Richard Wavel, an ejected divine who died on 19 December 1705, [1] as pastor of the Independent congregation at Pinners' Hall, Old Broad Street. Here he renewed his acquaintance with Lardner, whose testimony to the breadth and depth of his learning is very emphatic. They were members of a ministers' club which met on Thursdays at Chew's coffee-house in Bow Lane. Hunt was accounted 'a rational preacher;' his matter was practical, his method expository, his style easy. His admirers admitted that 'he only pleases the discerning few.' [2] How far he diverged from the traditional Calvinism of dissent is not clear. Isaac Watts says that some 'suspected him of Socinianising,' but unjustly. In 1719 he voted with the nonsubscribers at Salters' Hall, [3] but took no part in the controversy. John Shute Barrington, first viscount Barrington, the leader of the nonsubscribers, joined his church. At Barrington's seat, Tofts in Essex, he was in the habit of meeting Anthony Collins On 31 May 1729 he was made D.D. by Edinburgh University. In 1730, though an independent, he was elected a trustee of Dr. Williams's Foundations. He took part in 1734-5 in a course of dissenting lectures against popery, his subject being penances and pilgrimages. He was also one of the disputants in certain 'conferences' held with Roman Catholics, on 7 and 13 February 1735, at the Bell Tavern, Nicholas Lane.

Calvinism Protestant branch of Christianity

Calvinism is a major branch of Protestantism that follows the theological tradition and forms of Christian practice set down by John Calvin and other Reformation-era theologians.

Isaac Watts English hymnwriter, theologian and logician

Isaac Watts was an English Christian minister (Congregational), hymn writer, theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. He is recognized as the "Godfather of English Hymnody"; many of his hymns remain in use today and have been translated into numerous languages.

Anthony Collins English philosopher

Anthony Collins was an English philosopher, and a proponent of deism.

He died on 5 September 1744. He had been married with a distant relative of Lardner, who preached his funeral sermon at Pinners' Hall. Exactly three months later, his entire library was sold by a four-day auction at Paul's Coffee-house, in St. Paul's Churchyard. [4] Hunt was succeeded as pastor at Pinner's Hall by James Foster. [5]

James Foster was an English Baptist minister.


Lardner gives a list of eleven separate sermons by Hunt, published between 1716 and 1736; eight of them are funeral sermons. Apart from those, Hunt published also:

George Benson was an English Presbyterian pastor and theologian who was noted for his publications on the Christian epistles.

See also

Related Research Articles

Stephen Lobb was an English nonconformist minister and controversialist. He was prominent in the 1680s as a court representative of the Independents to James II, and in the 1690s in polemics between the Presbyterian and Independent groups of nonconformists. His church in Fetter Lane is supposed to be the successor to the congregation of Thomas Goodwin; he was the successor to Thankful Owen as pastor, and preached in tandem with Thomas Goodwin the younger.

Henry Miles, FRS was an English Dissenting minister and scientific writer; a Fellow of the Royal Society known for experiments on electricity.

David Jennings (1691–1762) was an English Dissenting minister and tutor, known also as the author of Jewish Antiquities.

Benjamin Avery, LL.D. was an English physician.

Thomas Bradbury British minister

Thomas Bradbury (1677–1759), was an English congregational minister.

John Barker (1682–1762) was an English presbyterian minister.

Samuel Bourn the Elder (1648–1719) was an English dissenting minister. His maternal uncle was Robert Seddon, who became minister at Gorton, Lancashire and Langley, Derbyshire, where he was silenced in 1662. Seddon sent Bourn to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, which he left in 1672. His tutor was Samuel Richardson, who taught that there is no distinction between grace and moral righteousness and salvation is dependent upon the moral state. It does not appear that Bourn accepted this view; his theology was always Calvinistic and, although he regretted deflectors from that system, he was no hunter of heretics.

James Peirce English Congregationalist minister

James Peirce (1674?–1726) was an English dissenting minister, the catalyst for the Salter's Hall controversy.

William Tong (minister) English presbyterian minister

William Tong (1662–1727) was an English Presbyterian minister, at the heart of the subscription debate of 1718.

John Wiche (1718–1794) was an English Baptist minister.

Caleb Fleming, D.D. was an English dissenting minister and Polemicist.

William Harris, D.D. (1675?–1740) was an English Presbyterian minister.

Samuel Rosewell English minister

Reverend Samuel Rosewell was a Presbyterian minister born at Rotherhithe, Surrey.

Samuel Wright (nonconformist) English dissenting minister

Samuel Wright (1683–1746) was an English dissenting minister.

Benjamin Grosvenor (minister) English nonconformist minister

Benjamin Grosvenor D.D. (1676–1758) was an English dissenting minister.

Thomas Ridgley English Independent minister and tutor

Thomas Ridgley, D.D., was an independent theologian.

Isaac Gilling was a Presbyterian minister.

Obadiah Hughes English Presbyterian minister

Obadiah Hughes (1695–1751) was an English presbyterian minister.


  1. 1 2 3 An Historical Inquiry Concerning the Principles, Opinions and Usages of the English Presbyterians, Joshua Wilson, 1836
  2. (Character of the Dissenting Ministers; see Protestant Dissenters' Mag. 1798, p. 314)
  3. "List of names of Dissenting Ministers who have subscribed the Advices for promoting Peace". The Post Boy. 21 April 1719. p. 1. Retrieved 12 January 2018 via Lock-green.svg
  4. A catalogue of the entire library of the late Learned and Reverend Jeremiah Hunt, 1744
  5. Christ and Controversy: The Person of Christ in Nonconformist Thought and Ecclesial Experience, 1600-2000 by Alan P.F. Sell; Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012 p. 43

Wikisource-logo.svg  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain :  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1891). "Hunt, Jeremiah". Dictionary of National Biography . 28. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

The public domain consists of all the creative work to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Those rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable.

Sidney Lee 19th/20th-century English biographer and critic

Sir Sidney Lee was an English biographer, writer and critic.

<i>Dictionary of National Biography</i> Multi-volume reference work

The Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is a standard work of reference on notable figures from British history, published since 1885. The updated Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) was published on 23 September 2004 in 60 volumes and online, with 50,113 biographical articles covering 54,922 lives.