• I endeavored to renounce society, that I might avoid temptation. But it was a poor religion; so far as it prevailed, only tended to make me gloomy, stupid, unsociable, and useless.

    John Newton (1782). “An Authentic Narrative of Some Remarkable and Interesting Particulars in the Life of ********.: Communicated in a Series of Letters, to the Reverend Mr. Haweis, ... and by Him (at the Request of Friends) Now Made Public”, p.19