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Rev. John Newton

Person  Male  Born 24/7/1725  Died 21/12/1807

A slave-trader turned preacher and abolitionist. Born Wapping. Began his ecclesiastical career at Olney in Buckinghamshire where he wrote the words to 'Amazing Grace' and published the hymn in a collection with William Cowper.  Rector of St Mary Woolnoth 1780 – 1807, where he delivered an anti-slavery sermon that inspired William Wilberforce. Died at home, Coleman Street Buildings.



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