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Newton, John, 1725-1807.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
John Newton Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of selected manuscripts and letters of eighteenth-century English clergyman and hymnist John Newton.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains over forty letters by Newton, one of which is addressed to Hannah More, three to William Cowper, and twenty-six to Thomas Haweis, concerning Newton's research on the history of the Church of England. Also included are three autograph manuscripts of hymns, all dated 1792, and a ninety-two page notebook in the hand of the author containing the minutes of the Eclectic Society from 1787 to 1789.

Collection Creator Biography:

John Newton was an English clergyman who had been a captain of slave ships. He authored numerous hymns including the famous "Amazing Grace."

Collection History


Various AM. Letters to Ebenezer Maitland and Dr. Benamer purchased in 1979 from John Wilson.

Custodial History:

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory added by Jameson Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

John Newton Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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