John Newton’s autobiography written in the form of letters to a friend.
An account of the Life of John Newton until 1757 when he was beginning to prepare for the ministry
Letter I The Lord’s providential care
Letter II Early Life (1725 -1742)
Letter III December 1742 – January 1745
From Letter XIII
John Newton writes:
‘During the time I was engaged in the slave trade I never had the least scruple as to its lawfulness. I was upon the whole satisfied with it as the appointment Providence had marked out for me. Yet it was in many respects far from suitable. It is indeed accounted a genteel employment, and is usually very profitable, though to me it did not prove so, the Lord seeing that a large increase of wealth would no be good for me. However, I considered myself as a sort of jailer or turnkey, and I was sometimes shocked with an employment that was perpetually conversant with chains, bolts, and shackles.’