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John Newton - Timeline

The life of the hymn writer John Newton, English class timeline

Jenny Calderón

on 16 November 2012

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Author of the hymn: Amazing Grace The Life of John Newton Early life July 24, 1725: He was born in London. Newton's change Last decades 1785-1787: Newton urges the young politician William Wilberforce to stay in politics and fight to abolish the slave trade. 1736: Newton goes to the sea at the age of 11. 1745: He becomes a slave trader off the coast of Sierra Leone, Africa.
He was twenty back then. 1748: In the middle of a storm in
the Atlantic Ocean, Newton cries out
to God for mercy and finds refuge four weeks later in
Lough Swilly, Co Donegal.
This marked the start of Newton’s spiritual journey. 1755: Newton finally gives up the sea-going life although it still takes him many years before he publicly speaks out against the slave trade. 1764: Newton becomes a clergyman. 1772: Newton writes the famous words to his hymn “Amazing Grace”. 1773: The hymn is first introduced to illustrate Newton’s New Year’s Day sermon at Olney parish church in Buckinghamshire, England. 1779: “Amazing Grace” is published in the first edition of Olney Hymns (a collection of hymns written by John Newton and his friend, poet William Cowper) however the title for the hymn is “Faith’s Review and Expectation” (the title of Newton’s 1773 sermon). 1788: Newton publishes “Thoughts on the African Slave Trade”. His ‘confession’ publicly acknowledges his change of heart regarding the slave trade and records his own eye-witness accounts about the evil effects of the trade. This document is used by William Wilberforce and others in their fight against slavery. December 21, 1807: Newton dies at the age of 82. AMAZING GRACE amazing grace... How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now I'm found Was blind but now I see ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home. Works cited/unique source:
a. "The Song." AmazingGrace.ie: The story behind the song and its connection with Lough Swilly.
Amazing Grace, 2010. November 15, 2012. The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
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