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Excerpt from The Works of the Rev. John Newton, Vol. 1 of 6
The first of the following letters is so well adapted an int duction to the rest, that to trouble the reader With a long preface would be quite needless and impertinent. I will therefore detain him from entering upon the delightful and instructive relation which the following sheets present him with, little longer than while I assure him, that the marraq tire is quite genuine, and that the following letteis were written to' me at my request. Some verbal relations of the facts awakened my curiosity to see a more connected ac count of them, which the author very obligingly consented to, having at that time no intention of its being made pub lic. But the repeated solicitations of friends have at last prevailed: and indeed the publication is the more needful, as several imperfect copies have been handed about, and there has been cause to think some surreptitious edition might steal through the press into the hands of the public.
I have therefore, with consent of the author, now sent these Letters abroad in their original form. They were written in haste, as letters of friendship, to gratify my curls osity; but the style, as well as the narrative itself, is so plain and easy, that corrections were thought needless. I can only add my best wishes, that the great truths they contain may prove as edifying as the facts are striking and entertaining.