Newell, William, D.D., b. at Littleton, Mass., Feb. 25, 1804, educated at Harvard, entered the Unitarian Ministry in 1830, retired in 1868, and died in 1881. In Putnam's Singers and Songs, 1874, there are 11 of his hymns and poems. His "All hail, God's angel, Truth" (Thanksgiving), is in Horder's Worship Song, with Tunes, 1905.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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