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Letters and Sermons

Author John Newton
Title Letters and Sermons
Imprint Edinburgh: Murray & Cochrane
Date of Publication 1798
Language English
Notes This is a 9-volume set, printed in Edinburgh, of the works of John Newton (1725-1807), a slave trader who became a Church of England clergyman. Newton left the slave trade in 1755, and, having already found religion, he became a leading figure in the evangelical wing of the CofE. He is best known now for his collection of 'Olney Hymns' written in collaboration with William Cowper, which included the famous hymn "Amazing Grace". In his latter years he became an important ally of William Wilberforce and the abolitionist movement. This particular set has a Scottish provenance, having belonged to the Harray and Sandwick Free Church library on Orkney.
Shelfmark AB.1.215.100-108
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Acquired on 31/07/15
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