Newton and Beddome Again
In The Evangelical Magazine Volume 16 (1808) there is a memoir of the then recently deceased John Newton. On page 98 we read that
His first public attempts to preach the word were made at Warwick. After the removal of the late Mr Ryland from a dissenting church in that town, a separation took place; and several pious persons, who were Paedobaptists, assembled together for worship in a dwelling-house, previously-to the erection of that chapel in which Mr Rowley preached for some time, and after him Mr Moody, for about 20 years. Mr Vennor, a leading person among those who formed this new interest, having received a very strong recommendation of Mr Newton from Mr Brewer, of Stepney, invited him to preach to them for six weeks on probation. He accordingly came (we believe, in the year 1759) with Mrs Newton. During his stay here, he used to retire on Saturdays, and sometimes on other days, to the Grove, in Lord Dormer's park, about two miles from Warwick, and to other sequestered spots, where he composed his sermons. Though he did not fix among this people, yet he always retained a peculiar affection for them; and he has been heard to say long after he settled in Olney that the very name of Warwick would at any time make his heart leap for joy. It was not the smallness of the congregation at that time, nor the narrow salary proposed to be raised, that prevented his settlement at Warwick; but he was undecided in his mind, whether to go into the Established Church, or to join the Dissenters. Among the latter were his first religious connections, which gave his mind a bias towards them; but he apprehended that disputes in dissenting congregations were common; and an occasional sermon by Mr Beddome, which he heard at, the Baptist Meeting at Warwick had a considerable effect on his mind to increase his disinclination to become a Dissenting Minister. Indeed, at that period, his ministerial talents were not very popular and it does not seem that he was much pressed to settle with any dissenting church.