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This is part of a printed letter written by Sir James Craufurd to Sir Patrick Blake on 18 October 1811. Blake had brought two black children from the West Indies to Britain as servants. Craufurd feels that Blake has a responsibility for their welfare because of the "disadvantage they are under as blacks" in Britain as "nobody likes to take a black servant". This letter shows how some black people came to Britain in 19th century from the West Indies and something of public attitudes towards them.
19.1 Suffolk Tracts p3, Suffolk Record Office

13th Mar 2009

Citizenship, Geography, History, ICT, PSHE

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

19th century servant black African slave children Suffolk Bury St Edmunds West Indies plantation enslaved

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