Cowper & Newton Connections prior to July 1767 meeting
We would love to hear from you if you have other connections or information about events leading up to what appears to be the first meeting of John & William in Huntingdon on 6th July 1767.
The Rev Martin Madan was William’s cousin.
Chaplain to the London Lock Hospital with Dr Thomas Haweis as Assistant Chaplain
Closely connected with the Calvinistic Methodist movement supported by the Countess of Huntingdon of which Lord Dartmouth was also a key figure.
John’s 1767 Diary: Weds 18th February
‘Dined at Mr Madan’s with Lord and Lady Dartmouth etc’
Friday 20th February
‘Evening preached at the Lock from Hebrews 12:14’
In 1763-4 Martin Madan Thomas Haweis ministered to William during his ‘insanity’
1760 Martin Madan had published for the Lock Hospital a collection of Psalms and Hymns extracted from various Authors, and in 1769 added to this with A Collection of Psalms and Hymn Tunes. William tells us in a letter (Oct 1766) that he, William Unwin and his mother Mary Unwin often ‘sing some hymns of Martin’s collection’
Rev Richard Conyers
John was in Yorkshire in March 1767 ‘Sunday 8th March Heard Mr Conyers with pleasure at church and at home.’ John’s diary shows that he met with Mr Conyers nearly every day until 29th March when he and his wife took leave of the area.
4th May Mr & Mrs Conyers 1767 came to stay with John & Mary (Polly) in Olney
Obtained his LL.D from Jesus College Cambridge in 1767
We are not certain why Conyers was in Huntingdon in July 1767, nor why he was not in that day… however, his absence from home led John ‘calling on Mrs Unwin and Mrs Cooper’ (possibly at Aldwinkle with Haweis?)
Rev William Unwin
Son of Rev Morely Unwin & Mary Unwin
Cowper’s friend from his meeting in Huntingdon to his death at 41. (Cowper’s letters to Unwin)
Gained his MA in 1767 at Christ College Cambridge
Ordained Deacon December 1767 in London
Ordained Priest March 1769
Earl Of Dartmouth William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth
A member of Lady Huntingdon’s circle
Patron & Lord of the Manor of Olney
Offered the Curacy at Olney first to Dr Haweis serving at Lock Chapel with Rev Martin Madan. Dr Haweis suggested he offer it to John Newton.
One of the chief patrons of the evangelical preaching at Lock Chapel
In the 6th form at Westminster with William Cowper.
Newton’s letters to Lord Dartmouth show that Cowper was also writing to him – we have not seen these. Does anyone know where they are?
Dr Thomas Haweis
1st 26th letters of Cardiphonia addressed to him. Encouraged John to publish his ‘Authentic Narrative’ Brought it to the attention of Lord Dartmouth.
Refused the curacy of Olney and suggested to Lord Dartmouth that it be given to Newton.
See link to William Cowper above
Rev John Cowper (William’s brother)