|born on||31 December 1703 Jul.Cal. (11 Jan 1704 greg.) at 22:30 (= 10:30 PM )|
|Place||London, England, 51n30, 0w10|
|Timezone||LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||20°52' 26°44 Asc. 28°33'|
English writer. For the measure of literary repute which he enjoyed during his life Jenyns was indebted as much to his wealth and social standing as to his accomplishments and talents, though both were considerable. His poetical works, the Art of Dancing (1727) and Miscellanies (1770), contain many passages graceful and lively though occasionally verging on licence.
In 1776 Jenyns published his View of the Internal Evidence of the Christian Religion. Though at one period of his life he had affected a kind of deistic scepticism, he had now returned to orthodoxy, and there seems no reason to doubt his sincerity, questioned at the time, in defending Christianity on the ground of its total agreement with the principles of human reason. The work was deservedly praised for its literary merits.
Scholfield quotes biography by Charles Nalson Cole, The Works of Soame Jenyns: ".. was born at twelve o'clock at night ..". From the context it is clear that the beginning of 1 January is meant. In England, Julian Calendar was used at that time.
On 15/7/14 Scholfield changed the time from midnight to 10:30pm, quoting "Soame Jenyns" by Ronald Rompkey (Twayne, 1984), p. 4: "Soame Jenyns was born a Londoner late on New Year's Eve, 1703/4, demanding that his parents choose a birthday for him. Though his mother recorded the time of his birth as 'halfe an houre after ten,' the register of the parish of St. Giles-in-the-Fields proclaimed that the date was 'the i Instant,' and New Year's Day was adopted as his birthday thereafter."
- Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy
- Vocation : Writers : Poet