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Thomas Clarkson - Describing a trip to Bristol


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Thomas Clarkson visited all the major port cities in England and often faced a hostile reception. This extract from his diary shows his feelings of apprehension and resolve about the task ahead.

"….I began to tremble at the arduous task of attempting to subvert a branch of the trade of this large city, and to encounter a host of people in it. However I soon became calm and collected and seemed to gain fresh Spirit from my former sensations which only confirmed me the more, that I must be doubly diligent, active and persevering in the cause, which I had undertaken. – With these resolutions I entered the city, determining that no labour should be too arduous, and no treatment from the inhabitants, should they know my errand, be too horrid to deter me…"

4th Dec 2007 by Diane Earl

Citizenship, History

Key Stages:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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