No. 4


21 March 1786


My dear Sir


An intimate friend, on whose prudence I can safely rely, brought a Mr Callard to my house, this morning, who means to wait upon you with a petition.  I was not at home.  This evening I received a letter from my friend, which I take the liberty of enclosing, as it includes all I know of the business.


I believe I have hinted to you, that the notice you are pleased to favour me with, would probably sooner of later make some addition to my supposed consequence.  I hope you will not be troubled with many applications through my hands; and that if I am concerned in any, I shall take care to go upon sufficient grounds, as to the case and character of the person.  Yet I venture now, with some reluctance, lest one application out of my proper line, should be one too many.  If it were a business of a spiritual sort, that might give you opportunity of promoting the cause which you have most at heart, I should apply to you without ceremony or apology.


I look forward with pleasure to the time, when (if we are spared) I shall be able to inform you, that we are prepared to receive you in Coleman Street Buildings.  I shall then hope to see you sometimes under my roof.  I would hope to see you there often, were it practicable.  But whenever you can call you will be a welcome guest.  Great subjects to discuss, great plans to promote, great prospects to contemplate, will always be at hand.  Thus employed, our hours, when we meet, will pass away like minutes.


Mrs Newton joins with me in best respects.

I am My Dear Sir

Your very affectionate an obliged servant

John Newton


21 March [17]86



Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Wilberforce c.49 fol. 4





The Newtons moved from Charles Square to No. 6 Coleman Street Buildings, near Moorgate, in 1786. [return]