Newton, James an English divine and hymnologist, was born in Chenies, England, in 1733. He was early trained in the observance of religious duties. At the age of seventeen he went to London, and became a member of the Church at Mage Pond. He was prepared for the ministry by Dr. Llewelyn, and became about the year 1757 assistant minister in the Pithay Chapel, Bristol. In 1770 he became classical tutor to the Bristol Education Society. This office he filled with honor until his death, April 8, 1790. He published several of his sermons and a few hymns, which have been incorporated in different hymnological compilations. See Miller's Singers and Songs of the Church.