CASTLEREAGH (Viscount, Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquis of Londonderry, 1769-1822, Foreign Minister, Committed suicide and was buried in Westminster Abbey), Charles MANNERS-SUTTON (1755-1828, Archbishop of Canterbury), Henry BROUGHAM (1778-1868, Anti-Slaver & Writer, Lord Chancellor 1830-1834, from 1830 Baron Brougham & Vaux) and WILLIAM FREDERICK (2nd Duke of Gloucester, 1776-1834, Field Marshal, great-grandson of King George II and nephew and son-in-law of King George III)

Small collection of Autograph Letters Signed to WILBERFORCE (William, 1759-1833, Slave Trade Abolitionist) the one from Castlereagh is a third person letter saying that he "presents his compliments to Mr Wilberforce and in reply to his letter of the 9th Inst begs to acquaint him that he will be very happy to send out some copies of Mr Stephen's pamphlet to our Ambassador at Madrid for private circulation, but he cannot take upon himself to transmit them officially to his Excellency ...", with a note on the verso "Slave Trade 1820", 1 side 4to., Foreign Office, 11th October 1820, the one from the Archbishop says he has not "had an opportunity of laying before ye Bishops yr letter with which you honored me, & appointed reasons for establishing a neo Society for distributing Prayer Books & Homilies. The last week has been full of ecclesiastical engagements. The next, I hope will be less so ... I will take the earliest opportunity of obeying your commands ...", 1 side 4to., Lambeth Palace, 15th May 1812, Brougham writes that he has "since learnt that Mrs Park's brother is a bookseller in Edinbh & anxious to have a share in publishing, which accounts for the sort of claim recently set up by the family. Of course our publishers will easily settle that by making him his agent in Edinbh ...", 1 side 4to., no place, 26th December 1812 together with a fine unsigned carte de visite by Maull of Brougham, and the one from the Duke of Gloucester says that he feels "extremely sensible of your very obliging attention, and I am certain that my Gentlemen will be equally so, and much gratified by the kind manner in which you express yourself towards them. I will, with your permission, bring Mr Dalton with me tomorrow. He has already, I believe, answered the note he had last night ... and expressed the satisfaction he has in accepting your invitation ... I must request of you to accept my warmest acknowledgements upon this & to be ever assured of the sincere attachment and esteem with which I am always ...", with a note on the front "Duke of Gloucester Dining with me", 2 sides 4to., Gloucester House, 31st May 1814, the correspondence ranging from 1812 to Parts of the letters have been damaged with some loss of text and professionally repaired and laid down

Castlereaghwas a strong supporter of the Abolitionist movement.
James STEPHEN
(1758-1832) was a Lawyer associated with the Abolitionist movement and brother in law of William Wilberforce. He came to be regarded as the chief architect of the Slave Trade Act 1807, providing Wilberforce with the legal mastermind he needed for its drafting. To close off loopholes pointed out by some critics, he became a Director of the Africa Institution for the Registration of Slaves through which he advocated a centralised registry, administered by the British government, which would furnish precise statistics on all slave births, deaths, and sale, so that "any unregistered black would be presumed free".
Lord BROUGHAM became Lord High Chancellor in 1830 and played a prominent role in passing the 1832 Reform Act and 1833 Slavery Abolition Act.


Item Date:  1820

Stock No:  40612      £775

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