HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY LEADING ENGLISH ABOLITIONIST THOMAS CLARKSON ON THE COMPLETION OF HIS INVALUABLE BOOK. THE HISTORY OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE ABOLITION OF THE AFRICAN SLAVE-TRADE BY THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT. Historically important autograph letter signed by, "Thomas Clarkson, " to Robert Grahame on the completion of his most well-known book. The History of the Rise and Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament. I received your Letters in due Course, and felt very much obliged to you for the kind Interest you promised to take in my Work.
The first Volume will be finished in about three weeks, and I would send it to the Subscribers, before the second was ready, if I thought it would be agreeable to them. I expect the second to be out by about March 25, or the Anniversary Day of the Abolition. I should now be very much obliged to you, if you would inform me how many Subscribers you have obtained...
Should the Names be numerous, it would probably be desirable, to send off the first Volume first. THE FIRST VOLUME WILL BE FINISHED IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS, AND I WOULD SEND IT TO THE SUBSCRIBERS, BEFORE THE SECOND WAS READY, IF I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AGREEABLE TO THEM. I EXPECT THE SECOND TO BE OUT BY ABOUT MARCH 25, OR THE ANNIVERSARY DAY OF THE ABOLITION. I met one of the late admins the other day.He told me that Bonaparte had lately made overtures for Peace and had sent Passports for two negotiators, but that the Language of the present administration was, that he insulted England by offering her Peace. If this be true, the War will go on, till one or the other bale. The Merchants in London, begin, many of them, to experience the Stoppage of their Trades. I myself have been a little sufferer (I wish no one had suffered more) in the Instance of my New Work.
Old Rags have been stopped coming from the Continent. Hence Paper has advanced 4 shillings per Ream. The letter is three pages on a bifolium, contains an address panel, measures 9 by 7.5 inches, created in Purfleet on January 25, 1808, and in very good condition with minor toning, minor foxing, a few separations along the folds on the second leaf, and evidence of mounting on the left border. BONAPARTE HAD LATELY MADE OVERTURES FOR PEACE AND HAD SENT PASSPORTS FOR TWO NEGOTIATORS, BUT THAT THE LANGUAGE OF THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION WAS, THAT HE INSULTED ENGLAND BY OFFERING HER PEACE.IF THIS BE TRUE, THE WAR WILL GO ON, TILL ONE OR THE OTHER BALE. THE MERCHANTS IN LONDON, BEGIN, MANY OF THEM, TO EXPERIENCE THE STOPPAGE OF THEIR TRADE.
I MYSELF HAVE BEEN A LITTLE SUFFERER I WISH NO ONE HAD SUFFERED MORE IN THE INSTANCE OF MY NEW WORK. Clarkson's invaluable book was published later that year by R. Taylor and Company in London. Is the best source on the history of the movement that led to the abolition of slavery in the British dominions in 1807.It also provides information on Clarkson's life and his lengthy fight for that cause. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Historical". The seller is "grayautographs" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Vietnam, Uruguay.