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Feb 17, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it · review of another edition
This pamphlet was a belated statement of repentance for John Newton's part in the slave-trade, which, contrary to popular myth, he only came to regard as iniquitous towards the end of his life. There is a superb comment about how public policy should not be framed in defiance to God's law, however, most of the rest of the pamphlet consists of observations, which are useful but not earth-shattering. It is interesting that he tries to deny that Britain fomented wars among the Africans, but then st ...more
John Newton (1725-1807) was born in London and at age eleven went to sea with his father, a shipmaster on the Mediterranean. Disregarding his mother's prayer that he enter the ministry, he engaged in the lucrative but brutal African slave trade for a number of years. After his conversion he served in the Church of England as pastor of Olney parish and later of the combined church of St. Mary's in ...more