George Swinnock

George Swinnock (c.1627-1673) was a nonconformist divine, born at Maidstone in Kent in 1627. He was the son of George Swinnock, of Maidstone, whose father was mayor of the borough. Owing to the death of his father, George Swinnock, Jr., was brought up in the house of his uncle Robert, a zealous Puritan.

He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, from whence he removed on 7 October 1645 to Jesus College; he graduated B.A. in 1647–8, and then proceeded to Oxford to obtain preferment, entering as a commoner at Magdalen Hall. On 19 January 1648–9 he became chaplain at New College, and in the following October he was made a fellow of Balliol College by the parliamentary visitors. He was incorporated B.A. on 29 November 1650, and graduated M.A. on the next day.

In the same year he resigned his fellowship, and was appointed vicar of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire. In 1655 he was appointed to St. Leonard’s chapel at Aston-Clinton in Buckinghamshire, and on 10 January 1661 was presented to the vicarage of Great Kimble in the same county by Richard Hampden, to whom he was then chaplain. In the following year he was ejected for nonconformity, both from St. Leonard’s and from Great Kimble, and took up his abode with the Hampden family at Great Hampden. Upon the issue of the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he retired to Maidstone, where he became pastor to a large congregation. He died on 10 November 1673, and was buried in the parish church. [via Wikipedia] [A biographical sketch of George Swinnock: pdf, 6 pp.]

The Works of George Swinnock:

The Works of George Swinnock, Volume 1. (531 pages)
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This volume contains:

  1. The Christian Man’s Calling, Part 1 (1 Timothy 4:7) – pdf, 361 pp.
  2. The Christian Man’s Calling, Part 2 (1 Timothy 4:7) – pdf, 324 pp.
    Includes the second half, from volume 2, in one file.

The Works of George Swinnock, Volume 2. (526 pages)
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This volume contains:

  1. The Christian Man’s Calling, Part 2 (1 Timothy 4:7) – pdf, 324 pp.
    Includes the first half, from volume 1, in one file.  Same file as above.
  2. The Christian Man’s Calling, Part 3 (1 Timothy 4:7) – pdf, 559 pp.
    Includes the second half, from volume 3, in one file.

The Works of George Swinnock, Volume 3. (472 pages)
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This volume contains:

  1. The Christian Man’s Calling, Part 3 (1 Timothy 4:7) – pdf, 559 pp.
    Includes the first half, from volume 2, in one file.  Same file as above.
  2. Heaven and Hell Epitomized (Philippians 1:21) – pdf, 198 pp.
  3. The Fading of the Flesh (Psalm 73:26) – pdf, 122 pp.
    Includes the second half, from volume 4, in one file.

The Works of George Swinnock, Volume 4. (504 pages)
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This volume contains:

  1. The Fading of the Flesh (Psalm 73:26) – pdf, 122 pp.
    Includes the first half, from volume 3, in one file. Same file as above.
  2. The Pastor’s Farewell (Acts 20:32) – pdf, 47 pp.
  3. The Gods are Men (Psalm 82:6-7) – pdf, 41 pp.
    (or, The Gods Die Like Men; or, Magistrates are Mortal)
  4. The Beauty of Magistracy (Psalm 82) – pdf, 155 pp.
    An exposition on Psalm 82 by Thomas Hall.
  5. Men are Gods (Psalm 82:6-7) – pdf, 72 pp.
  6. The Incomparableness of God (Psalm 89:6) – pdf, 136 pp.

The Works of George Swinnock, Volume 5. (490 pages)
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This volume contains:

  1. A Biographical Sketch of George Swinnock – pdf, 6 pp.
  2. A Biographical Sketch of Thomas Hall – pdf, 2 pp.
  3. The Door of Salvation Opened by the Key of Regeneration (John 3:3) – pdf, 260 pp.
  4. The Sinner’s Last Sentence (Matthew 25:41-42) – pdf, 198 pp.

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