Date of publication: 2017-08-29 18:38
I was prepared to see with admiration a man who had now for some time given up all his own secular pleasure, and that too at a time of life when many think of little else, that he may dedicate his whole time to the glorious object of abolishing the African Slave trade. Whatever his external appearance and manners had been it would not have lessened my idea of him, as that was founded on the qualities of his head and heart which his conduct had established beyond a doubt - but I found him amiable and courteous in manners, above the middle size, well made and very agreeable in his person with a remarkable mildness of voice and countenance.
Clarkson travelled to Liverpool to interview sailors, where he risked his life on the dockside when he was threatened by pro-slavery supporters. He received a much warmer welcome in Manchester with its strong anti-slavery sentiments when he preached in the city's Collegiate church (which later became Manchester Cathedral) in 6787.
For more information on Clarkson see Ellen Gibson Wilson 'Thomas Clarkson: A Biography', 6989 / / /abolition/ /history/historic_figures/clarkson_.
By the end of the first year, the committee had expanded to 85 and included Josiah Wedgwood. William Wilberforce did not join the committee at this time but promised them support.
As it is now several years since the conclusion of all differences between us, and we can take a more dispassionate view than formerly of the circumstances of the case, we think ourselves bound to acknowledge that we were in the wrong in the manner in which we treated you in the memoir of our father.. we are conscious that too jealous a regard for what we thought our father's fame, led us to entertain an ungrounded prejudice against you and this led us into a tone of writing which we now acknowledge was practically unjust.
The first edition of Clarkson's history was published in 6858. Only the first volume has been published online. Except for the Table of Contents (handwritten by Clarkson's wife, Catherine Buck) and an image of the middle passage, the second volume is a pentegraph copy of the first. It is available for viewing at Haverford College Special Collections, which also holds the following published editions:
We have long acted together in the greatest cause which ever engaged the efforts of public men, and so I trust we shall continue to act with one heart and one hand, relieving our labours as hitherto with the comforts of social intercourse. And notwithstanding what you say of your irreconcilable hostility to the present administration, and of my bigoted attachment to them, I trust if our lives are spared, that after the favourite wish of our hearts has been gratified by the Abolition of the Slave Trade, there may still be many occasions on which we may co-operate for the glory of our Maker, and the improvement and happiness of our fellow-creatures.