Ms Marylynn Rouse

Honorary Visiting FellowMaylynn Rouse

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Marylynn Rouse is Founder Director of The John Newton Project, a registered charity bringing to light previously unpublished and out-of-print writings by John Newton (1725-1807) – clergyman, mentor, hymn-writer and author of Amazing Grace. These include his diaries, journals, hymns, sermons and correspondence, drawn from mss spread across the world. The collection is being published in print and online at

Our Project’s research into the width of Newton’s ministry has proved helpful to a wide range of students, authors and media producers. Some of this has been shared through concerts, displays and presentations at International Conferences and in Universities in the UK and America.

Amongst Newton’s many correspondents were William Wilberforce (1759-1833), whom he persuaded to remain in politics and supported for twenty years through to the abolition of the slave trade. The overlap with current research in Leicester University’s History Department enables us to exchange material of mutual benefit.

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