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Title
Autographed letter from Thomas Clarkson to James Phillips
Names
Clarkson, Thomas, 1760-1846 (Author)
Collection

Sidney Lapidus Slavery and Abolition Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1796-02-21
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: SC Rare Lapidus Collection Box 2 Folder 5
Topics
Slavery
Slave trade
Abolitionists
African Americans
Blacks
Enslaved people
Abolition movement
Antislavery movements
Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833
Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Slavery -- Great Britain
Genres
Correspondence
Notes
Content: Letter is set in a paper frame, a clipped fragment with the signature of W. Wilberforce, tipped-in, and annotations in ink.
Physical Description
Extent: [2] pages ; 30 cm
Description
Letter from Thomas Clarkson to fellow abolitionist James Phillips three weeks before Wilberforce’s motion for the abolition of slavery was to be put before the House of Commons in 1796. Since winning an essay competition on the subject of slavery while at Oxford, Clarkson had become a founding member of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of Slavery, and he worked tirelessly to support the cause while Wilberforce campaigned in Parliament. Wilberforce’s 1796 motion was defeated, perhaps partly due to Clarkson’s retirement to the country in 1793. He re-emerged as a prominent and public advocate for the cause in 1803. This letter shows his involvement, even as he kept at a distance.
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 930787634
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20846780
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c985b000-9d31-0133-7958-00505686d14e
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1760: Creator Born
  • 1796: Created
  • 1846: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Autographed letter from Thomas Clarkson to James Phillips " The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1796. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5783bb70-b33e-0133-7dd6-00505686d14e

Chicago/Turabian Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Autographed letter from Thomas Clarkson to James Phillips " New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 24, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5783bb70-b33e-0133-7dd6-00505686d14e

APA Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. (1796). Autographed letter from Thomas Clarkson to James Phillips Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5783bb70-b33e-0133-7dd6-00505686d14e

Wikipedia Citation

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Autographed letter from Thomas Clarkson to James Phillips