1816–1902

Introduction

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Born: May 22, 1816, Maid­stone, Kent, Eng­land.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 18, 1902, Vine House, Hamp­stead, Eng­land.

Buried: Ab­ney Park Ce­me­te­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land.

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Biography

Christopher was the son of John Vine Hall.

He was ed­u­cat­ed at Tot­ter­idge School; High­bury Col­lege, Lon­don; and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Lon­don (BA 1841, LL.B. 1856).

From 1842–54, he was min­is­ter of Al­bi­on Church, Hull. Start­ing in 1854, he di­rect­ed Sur­rey Cha­pel and its suc­cess­or, Christ Church, West­min­ster. He was al­so chair­man of the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Union of England and Wales in 1876.

Works

He pub­lished se­ver­al prose works and nu­mer­ous tracts, in­clud­ing Come to Jesus:

He went out one ev­en­ing from a din­ner par­ty to preach to a throng who had ga­thered in the street. A pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist was sing­ing to the crowd that fa­mil­iar dit­ty, Come to Jesus just now. Mr. Hall caught up the words and ex­tem­por­ized a pow­er­ful ex­hor­ta­tion on the spot.

He re­peat­ed it to his own con­gre­gation. Soon af­ter­wards, be­ing con­fined to his room by a long ill­ness, he re­called the dis­course and de­ter­mined to turn it in­to a short prac­ti­cal trea­tise for in­quir­ers af­ter sal­va­tion.

He wrote it out in the few­est and simp­lest words pos­si­ble, and his bro­ther, Mr. War­ren Hall, print­ed two thou­sand copies for dis­tri­bu­tion.

Such was the origin of that won­der­ful tract, Come to Je­sus, which has al­rea­dy been cir­cu­lat­ed in thir­ty dif­fer­ent lang­uag­es to the num­ber of three mill­ion five hun­dred thou­sand co­pies.

Nutter, p. 72

His oth­er works in­clude:

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