John Newton

(24 July 1725 – 21 December 1807 / London, England)

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John Henry Newton was a British sailor and Anglican clergyman. Starting his career at sea, at a young age, he became involved with the slave trade for a few years. After experiencing a religious conversion, he became a minister, hymn-writer, and later a prominent supporter of the abolition of slavery. He was the author of many hymns, including "Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken."

Early Life

John Newton was born in Wapping, London, in 1725, the son of John Newton Sr., a shipmaster in the Mediterranean service, and Elizabeth Newton (née Seatclife), a Nonconformist Christian. His mother died of tuberculosis in July, 1732, about two weeks before... more »

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  • ''Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
    That sav'd a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    Was blind, but now I see.''
    John Newton (1725-1807), British curate and hymn-writer. "Faith's Review and Expectation," hymn #XLII, book i, pp.54-55, l. 1-4, Olney Hymns, In Three...
  • Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion city of our God!
    He, whose word cannot be broken, Form'd for thee his own abode:
    On the rock of ages founded, What can shake thy sure repose? John Newton (1725-1807), British curate and hymn-writer. "Zion, or the City of God," hymn #LX, book i, pp. 75-77, l. 1-4, Olney Hymns, In Three Books,...
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  • June Smithster (11/11/2006 10:13:00 AM)

    Read me please.
    I have Jesus Poems
    free bes is first ever POEM
    HE (JESUS) is blessing me.

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