More again on Newton and Beddome
In the memoir of Newton published in 1843 it says of him:
His earliest religious connections, Captain Clunie, Mr Brewer and Mr Hayward, it must be borne in mind, were among the choicest characters in the dissenting churches. The influence of this circumstance, in inclining his mind towards the Independents, could not be slight. An unhappy dissension, however, wherein he was rather a witness than a party, and which arose out of a sermon preached by Mr Beddome, at Warwick, during his residence at that place, appears to have raised many doubts in his mind touching the Independent scheme, and, more than all, the judgment of Mrs Newton strongly opposed itself to any hasty decision.