No. 9


3 June 1786


My dear Sir


After what you told me, I judge it unnecessary to trouble you any farther concerning my friend Mr Griffin, and the living of All Saints in Leicester, now vacant.  However I could not handsomely avoid informing the writer of the enclosed, that I had communicated her intelligence to the gentleman to whom I had made the application.  Your name has not been mentioned on the occasion. 


I long to hear that you are pretty well – and particularly that you have supported the late and long sittings of the House, without inconvenience.  May the Lord keep and bless you, in body souls and spirit.  Amen.


With a tender of Mrs Newton’s best respects,

I remain

My dear Sir

Your most affectionate and obliged servant

John Newton



Coleman Street Buildings

3 June [17]86


Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Wilberforce c.49 fol. 10