Papers of William Wilberforce

Scope and Content

Correspondence of William Wilberforce, mainly written by him, on a range of subjects including political and family matters; a notarial document relating to some of Wilberforce's ancestors.

Administrative / Biographical History

Entered St John's 1776; BA 1781; MA 1788; MP for Hull 1780-4; for Yorkshire 1784-1812; for Bamber 1812-25; Founded the Proclamation Society, for the suppression of vice, in 1787; Parliamentary leader for the cause for the abolition of slavery from 1787; carried the bill through the House of Commons 1807; retired from political life 1825, due to ill-health; buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Note

Entered St John's 1776; BA 1781; MA 1788; MP for Hull 1780-4; for Yorkshire 1784-1812; for Bamber 1812-25; Founded the Proclamation Society, for the suppression of vice, in 1787; Parliamentary leader for the cause for the abolition of slavery from 1787; carried the bill through the House of Commons 1807; retired from political life 1825, due to ill-health; buried in Westminster Abbey.

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of William Wilberforce

Archivist's Note

12 Nov 2007

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