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A History of the Moravian Church   By: (1868-)

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Prepared by John Bechard, an American living in London, England (email address:

History of the Moravian Church

by J. E. Hutton

Note from the E text preparer: I have inserted a few notes of my own regarding spelling (one Greek word) and the rearranging of dates that were originally shown in the margins of the book; any of my own adjustments or notes have been enclosed in these brackets: {} to separate them from the original text. As well, I have renumbered all the footnotes from their corresponding pages and set them at the end of this document.




(Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged.)




The Bohemian Brethren. 1457 1673

CHAPTER I. The Rising Storm " II. The Burning of Hus. July 6th, 1415 " III. The Welter. 1415 1434 " IV. Peter of Chelcic. 1419 1450 " V. Gregory the Patriarch and the Society at Kunwald. 1457 1472 " VI. Luke of Prague and the High Church Reaction. 1473 1530 " VII. The Brethren at Home. " VIII. John Augusta and His Policy. 1531 1548 " IX. The Brethren in Poland. 1548 1570 " X. The Martyr Bishop. 1548 1560 " XI. The Last Days of Augusta. 1560 1572 " XII. The Golden Age. 1572 1603 " XIII. The Letter of Majesty. 1603 1609 " XIV. The Downfall. 1609 1621 " XV. The Day of Blood at Prague. June 21st, 1621 " XVI. Comenius and the Hidden Seed. 1621 1673


The Revival under Zinzendorf. 1700 1760.

CHAPTER I. The Youth of Count Zinzendorf. 1700 1722 " II. Christian David. 1690 1722 " III. The Founding of Herrnhut. 1722 1727 " IV. Life at Herrnhut " V. The Edict of Banishment. 1727 1736 " VI. The Foreign Missions and their Influence. 1732 1760 " VII. The Pilgrim Band. 1736 1743 " VIII. The Sifting Time. 1743 1750 " IX. Moravians and Methodists. 1735 1742 " X. Yorkshire and the Settlement System. 1742 1755 " XI. The Labours of John Cennick. 1739 1755 " XII. The Appeal to Parliament. 1742 1749 " XIII. The Battle of the Books. 1749 1755 " XIV. The American Experiments. 1734 1762 " XV. The Last Days of Zinzendorf. 1755 1760


The Rule of the Germans. 1760 1857.

CHAPTER I. The Church and Her Mission; or The Three Constitutional Synods. 1760 1775 " II. The Fight for the Gospel; or, Moravians and Rationalists. 1775 1800 " III. A Fall and a Recovery. 1800 1857 " IV. The British Collapse. 1760 1800 " V. The British Advance. 1800 1857 " VI. The Struggle in America. 1762 1857 " VII. The Separation of the Provinces 1857 1899


The Modern Moravians. 1857 1908.

CHAPTER I. Moravian Principles " II. The Moravians in Germany " III. The Moravians in Great Britain " IV. The Moravians in North America " V. Bonds of Union


For assistance in the preparation of this second edition, I desire herewith to express my obligations to several friends: To the late Rev. L. G. Hassé, B.D., whose knowledge of Moravian history was profound, and who guided me safely in many matters of detail; to the Rev. N. Libbey, M.A., Principal of the Moravian Theological College, Fairfield, for the loan of valuable books; to the Rev. J. T. Müller, D.D., Archivist at Herrnhut, for revising part of the MS., and for many helpful suggestions; to Mr. W. T. Waugh, M.A., for assistance in correcting the proof sheets, and for much valuable criticism; to the members of the Moravian Governing Board, not only for the loan of books and documents from the Fetter Lane archives, but also for carefully reading through the MS.; to the ministers who kindly supplied my pulpit for three months; and last, but not least, to the members of my own congregation, who relieved me from some pastoral duties to enable me to make good speed with my task.


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