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Sir Francis Synge Hutchinson

Born: 18th January 1802
Died: 3rd April 1833

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Chief Men Among the Brethren Biography

FRANCIS HUTCHINSON was the son of Rev. Sir Samuel Synge, Archdeacon of Killala (who assumed the additional surname of Hutchinson on succeeding his uncle). He was born on 18th January, 1802, and fell asleep in Jesus on 3rd April, 1833. He married the sister of the Earl of Donoughmore and left two sons and one daughter. His eldest son succeeded his grandfather in the Baronetcy.

Francis Hutchinson deserves a special niche in any work of reference to the "Chief Brethren," for not only was he one of the first who met together for "the breaking of bread," according to primitive custom, on the first day of the week, but it was at his house, No. 9 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, that the little company were led to come together in the Name of the Lord Jesus, owning the presence and sovereign action of the Holy Spirit in their midst. The brethren continued to meet for some time in Fitzwilliam Square, and others were gradually added to their number. The Gospel was preached with a clearness and fulness and power unknown since the days of the apostles. Books and tracts were written and widely circulated. The grand doctrines of the Church, the operations of the Holy Spirit, the blessed hope of the Lord's speedy return were brought out with great freshness and power to the uplifting of many hearts, and to the eternal blessing of hundreds of precious souls. Great interest was awakened, and those who ventured to their meetings were struck by the fact of hundreds of people assembled together without a minister, so-called, and yet there was no confusion, but "all things were done decently and in order."

One after another becoming affected by the truth, were received into communion. The numbers so increased that in little more than a year the house of Mr. Hutchinson was found to be unsuitable for the meetings, and a large auction room in Aungier Street was hired for the purpose. From then on, as Mrs. E. Trotter writes, "the teaching and testimony of the men of 1828 not only directly animated and inspired the great evangelistic movement of 1857, but gave a new character to the missionary enterprise of the century, and antidated, in its fresh and unfettered study of the Scriptures, much truth which is now a common heritage of the Church of God." The old evangelicalism had become to a large extent a negation. Here was a vision; this was the burning secret at the core of life, transforming it from within to without.

"I have seen the face of Jesus,
Tell me not of aught beside ;
I have heard the voice of Jesus,
And my soul is satisfied."

In this light all other lights paled. Among the men affected by it were men of brain, born leaders, men of birth and of large means, scholars and students, who would have made their mark at any time and in any walk of life; lawyers of acute critical judgment, officers of promise in both services, large landowners with the cares and responsibilities of property.

The inspiration came to them at first alone, and not under the influence of large multitudes, neither did it die out, but energised and sustained them in lives of unusual toil and unusual length. Many of those principles for which they contended, and for which they suffered, have become in the last eighty years more or less a common heritage.

Tom said ...
According to Ancestry he was born in Paris, and in February not January. Chief Men has no picture of him sadly.
Monday, Feb 11, 2019 : 20:24
Marty said ...
Sir Francis Synge Hutchinson - 18th January/February 1802 ~ 3rd April 1833, age 31.
Henry Craik refers to him as Francis Synge. (Diary & Letters, p. 117)
Father: Rev. Sir Samuel Synge Hutchinson, 3rd Baronet - 22nd April 1756 ~ 1st March 1846, age 90. Birth name: Samuel Synge. On 3rd April 1813, his name was legally changed by Royal License.
Mother: Dorothy Hatch - 1767 ~ February 1836.
Wife: Lady Louisa Frances Hely-Hutchinson - 1804 ~ 13th January 1876.
Married: 17th June 1824.
Sir Edward Synge Hutchinson, 4th Baronet - 31st August 1830 ~ 3rd November 1906, age 76.
Lt. Gen. Coote Synge Hutchinson (Jecks) - 7th August 1832 ~ 13th February 1902, age 69.
Frances (Fanny) Dorothy Synge Hutchinson (1-Hewitt, 2-Browne) - 1828 ~ 21st January 1900
Sister: Sophia Synge Hutchinson (Hely-Hutchinson) - 1810 ~ 30th April 1896
Half Sister: Frances Synge Hutchinson - 28th May 1788 ~ 4th December 1869
~Daughter of Frances Wood, Samuel's 1st Wife.
A short monograph on 2 Peter 1: 19-21. Dublin 1830.
A Letter to the "Christian Examiner" Dublin 1830. It argued directly against the opposition manifested by many in these days to the study of the prophetical parts of the Word of God.
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 : 03:09

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