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Abolition of the slave trade in England becomes official...



Item # 615625 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, May, 1807

*From history to the movie "Amazing Grace"
* William Wilberforce prevails in abolishing the slave trade in England

Within this 90+ page issue is a report from Parliament, datelined March 16, beginning: "On the motion for the 3rd reading of the Slave Trade Abolition Bill, Mr. Hibbert entered at great length into a vindication of the trade..." with more (see photos), including: "...Sir P. Francis, Messrs. Lyttleton, H. Thornton, Barham, and Wilberforce, spoke in favour of the Abolition...Mr. Sheridan expressed his opinion that the trade ought to be gradually and not suddenly abolished. The Bill was passed."
And on the facing page is a brief yet very significant item reading: "House of Lords, March 25. The Royal Assent was given to the Slave Trade Abolition, and several other Bills." Indeed, history books tell us that the slave trade bill was passed by Parliament on March 25. Great to have these reports in a British periodical and great also to have Wilburforce's name mentioned in the text.
This is complete in 90+ pages, measures about 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, full title/index page, some scattered lite foxing but generally in very nice condition.

Category: Moments in American History

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