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Mary to her Saviour's tomb
John Newton began life as a seaman and for some years was a captain in slave ships. In 1748 he underwent an evangelical conversion, and following the study of Greek, Hebrew and Syriac, was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1764, but it was only in 1788 that he came out forcefully against the slave trade, which he described as his second conversion. He was given an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Princeton University in 1792. He is best known for his hymn, "Amazing grace." The tune "Judson" originated, probably in England, in the eighteenth century; its composer is unknown.

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The elegant pulpit that the Rev. Dr. Newton preached from during his time as Rector of St. Mary Woolnoth, Lombard Street, London from 1779 to 1807. Image copyright Basher Eyre and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
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