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LATE REV. JOHN NEWTON;
OF THE UNITED PARISHES OF ST. MARY WOOL-
NOTH, AND ST. MARY WOOLCHURCH
BY DIRECTION OF HIS EXECUTORS.
PUBLISHED BY W. W. WOODWARD, 52, SOUTH
W. M'CULLOCH, PRINTER.
Olney, September 8, 1779.
MY DEAR CHILD,
I WAS glad of your letter, for we were just thinking of you, as it seems you were of us, that it was a long time since we heard from you. When you want a letter from me you must write : if I send you one for one, I think it will be pretty well.
R▬▬▬▬ died about a fortnight ago, and I buried him and three others within a week. All four were rather young people, that is, about thirty years of age. Last Sunday evening I preached a funeral sermon for Richard; the text was Gen. xlix. 19.That short verse contained his history; and I hope it contains yours likewise. The first part is sure to you if you live; you will meet with many troops, sins, fears, cares, and troubles, which will fight against you, and seem at times almost to overcome you yea, overcome you they certainly would, if you were to fight them in your own strength. If you should not seek and love the Lord Jesus, you would be destroyed by them. But I cannot bear to entertain such a thought; surely you must, you will love him. You hear a great deal of his beauty and goodness; believe it, for it is true; and that a