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THESE Letters are extracted from the
Posthumous Works of the late Rev. John Newton, in consequence of the united recommendation of several persons, who were of opinion that they would form a suitable present for youth.
To these a few pieces of Poetry are added, which shew the cheerful piety and amiable benevolence of the author.
My dear young Friends,
YOU have now in your hands some Letters, which a pious and affectionate minister wrote to a dearly beloved child at school. They are printed for
instruction, and if you carefully read, and constantly attend to them, you will be happy and honourable whilst you live, and when you die; for “godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come, (1 Tim. iv. 8.)
The author was a most striking instance of this truth. He enjoyed the inestimable benefit of early instruction from a pious mother, but he resolved to follow his own inclination, and in consequence he soon became one of the most wretched and miserable creatures upon earth; thus he found, as every sinner sooner or later will most certainly find, that “the
of transgressors is hard."
But by the grace of God he was recovered from this evil way.—He was brought to repent of his sins, to seek forgiveness through the blood of Christ, and to live a life of obedience to his commands, and then observe the change-From being one of the most miserable, he became one of the happiest of mankind.
Seldom did any thing disturb his peace, or render him for a moment uncomfortable ; on the contrary,