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William John Hocking

Born: 10th March 1864
Died: 10th April 1953

Intro, Biographical Information, Notes etc:

A short biography in German: http://www.soundwords.de/kurzbiographie-william-john-hocking-1864-1953-a6945.html



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  • Manuscripts:
    • Introductory letter   (Login Required)  (28th Jun 1927) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      Hocking writes that he has been asked by the brethren to undertake the revision of the hymn book
    • Letter in relation to the hymn book   (Login Required)  (10th Aug 1927)
      "I cannot tell you how grateful I am for your valuable help on the hymns. I have not yet reached any details, as I can only take up this work in the intervals between other more pressing labours."
    • Letter in relation to the hymn book   (Login Required)  (5th Oct 1927) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      Interesting comment on Mr Kelly's hymns: "I feel much difficulty about some of dear W.K. hymns. They seem to suit the few rather than the many."
    • Letter in relation to the hymn book   (Login Required)  (26th Oct 1927) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "Thank you very much for your letter received on the 21st inst with its clear expression of your judgement on various points. This is most helpful, and I have carefully noted it all, including your abridgment of 222 and the new one of W.K."
    • Letter in relation to the hymn book   (Login Required)  (15th Nov 1927) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "Thank you for the loan of 'Wayside Songs' .. "
    • Letter in relation to the hymn book   (Login Required)  (1st Feb 1928) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "I should be glad as an index of authors seems to be generally desired."
    • Letter in relation to the hymn book   (Login Required)  (24th Feb 1928)
      Hard to decipher letter regarding the hymn book
    • Letter in relation to the hymn book   (Login Required)  (4th Mar 1928) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "I much regret that I have not been able to keep in close touch with you on the many difficult questions arising with the hymns."
    • Letter in relation to the hymn book   (Login Required)  (13th Jun 1928) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "What do you think of the enclosed ?batch? of hymns .. "
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (14th Aug 1931) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "It is just the spirit of the times, - to agree to the truth in theory, but avoid the practice."
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (31st Oct 1932) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "As to Hamilton Smith, how much easier it is to judge the fruit, than the root? to repudiate Taylor than Raven" ... other interesting comments on J.G. Bellett and the 'Eternal Sonship' question
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (24th Jan 1934) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "I am enclosing a spare copy of two protests against the Taylor heterodoxy, both of which were written by brothers who either are or were with him."
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (21st Aug 1934) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "I have today sent the papers on 'The Son of His Love' for an estimate for printing. It will be bulkier than I intended ... "
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (4th Oct 1934) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "You sum up their (Glanton's) position exactly when your write, 'They have never abjured Ravenism.'"
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (17th Dec 1934) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "Thank-you for sending me 'Recovery' by D.L.H. He is like a little bantam cock crowing on his own dunghill, very full of assumption."
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (28th Jan 1935) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      Interesting personal notes, comments on the funeral of Heyman Wreford, and remarks on the rapture
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (26th Apr 1935) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "I am projecting a series of short papers of a practical nature on the Assembly prayer meeting. I wonder if you know a brief tract on the subject for re-printing, or could you send me your own thoughts?"
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (7th May 1935) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "Do not mistake my reference to the Glanton's. I have no illusions, I think, as to their position as a company. But we may expect God to work in individuals, especially when there is any deep sense of our common shame ecclesiastically."
    • Manuscript Letter   (Login Required)  (4th Jul 1935) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "I hope your valuable collection will be kept intact. Have you a catalouge?"
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (23rd Jul 1937) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      Interesting comments about Napoleon Noel's 'History of the Brethren'
    • Typed Letter to (Mr George Cox)?   (Login Required)  (27th Dec 1937) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      Very interesting letter giving details of the (I imagine) re-publication of William Kelly's book on Jeremiah, as well as health concerns for his wife, and a lengthy piece on assembly matters in Germany relating to the Bund
    • Manuscript Letter   (Login Required)  (19th Oct 1939) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      Concerns for the poor practical state of the brethren and other matters.
    • Letter of W.J. Hocking   (Login Required)  (19th Jan 1940) [Transcript Incomplete - Needs help!]
      "I believe Satan is using the growing interest in prophecy to destroy the blessedness of the rapture for the soul."
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