Letters written to Thomas Fowell Buxton concerning proposed parliamentarymeasures for the abolition of slavery in the West Indies, 1825-1828.
Letters of Thomas Clarkson
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- ReferenceGB 161 GB 162 Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House MSS. s. 495
- Dates of Creation1825-1828
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description24 ff.
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Administrative / Biographical History
Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), anti-slavery agitator, was born in Wisbech,Cambridgeshire, and married Catherine, daughter of William Buck. He diedat Playford Hall, near Ipswich, Suffolk. Throughout his life, Clarkson wasa tireless campaigner against slavery. He was one of the founder membersof a parliamentary committee established in 1787 for the suppression of theslave trade, and became vice president, with William Wilberforce, of theAnti-Slavery Society after its formation in 1823. He published a large numberof works, largely on the subject of slavery, and made several campaigningjourneys not only in England but also abroad, meeting members of theFrench government in Paris in 1789 and the Emperor of Russia at Aix-la-Chapellein 1818. He was awarded the freedom of the City of London in 1839.
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Listed as no. 573 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).
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