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Thomas Clarkson - Realization that something must be done to end slavery


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Thomas Clarkson recorded in his journal, his thoughts whilst travelling back from London to Cambridgeshire on the Essay he had written on slavery:
"... During my journey the melancholy subject was not a moment from my thoughts; I became several times seriously effected on the road. I occasionally stopped my horse dismounted and walked. I tried several times to persuade myself that the statements in my essay could not be true. But the more I reflected on the authorities on which they were founded, the more constrained I was to give them credit. I sat down disconsolate on the turf by the roadside, and here it forcibly occurred to me, that if the statement I had made were facts, it was high time that something should be done to put an end to such cruelties."

On the road between Wadesmill and High Cross, Ware, is the actual spot this resolution took place. From then on Thomas Clarkson was to dedicate his time and efforts towards the abolition first of the slave trade and then slavery itself.

4th Dec 2007 by Diane Earl

Citizenship, History

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