Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bicentenary of John Newton's death

St Mary's Woolnoth, by Bank Station, City of London was Newton;s second and last charge. The week of the bicentenary of his death, December 2007, saw a commemorative meeting addressed by his biographer Brian Edwards. My only regret was we sang no hymns, The church is by Hawksmoor, built after the great fire.
Newton's pulpit.

Newton's tombstone reads, "John Newton,Clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long laboured to destroy. he wrote his own epitaph and one is amazed to learn it is his only monument. Yet his tombstone is no longer near his resting place. hough buried with his wife in the crypt, when the Central line of the Underground was tunneled beneath, the graves were opened and the Newton's reburied at Olney.

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