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Resource Date: 1842

Number: 9

Record Office: St John's College Library, Cambridge

Record Office Location Number: Folder 3 Doc 76


Letter to Clarkson from Walter Dendy, St James, Jamaica, 2 Aug 1842

Notes: The letter is a testimony of gratitude for Clarkson's efforts in the campaign to abolish slavery and shows the high regard in which he was held.

Letter to Clarkson from Walter Dendy, Jamaica (Testimony of gratitude)

Jamaica, August 2nd 1842 Respected and Honored Sir, At a meeting held at Salters Hill Baptist Chapel yesterday, I have been appointed to transmit to you the copy of a resolution which was proposed by the chairman of the meeting, J.L. Lewin Esq of Montego Bay, supported and responded to by the audience, with feelings seldom equalled on previous occasions. Allow me to assure you, that your successful efforts on behalf of the African race, when an advocacy to alleviate their sufferings, was unpopular and confined within a small circle, are cherished by their descendants in this Country, with affectionate warmth and delightful gratitude. Resolved "That in celebrating another anniversary of disfranchisement from British West India Slavery, our reflections are led back to the difficulties, trials and persecutions of those, whose glory it was, to bear the heat of the battle, in forming and founding an association, for the destruction of such laws, customs and practices, as bound down the soul and energies of man, to the will and caprice of his fellow creatures; and in the remembrance of these noble and virtuous characters, it is our happiness to record, that God in his mercy, has prolonged the life of one of the foremost of these, The Venerable Thomas Clarkson, to see the fruits of his labour. Fifty seven years ago, the heart of this honoured man, became the depository of the sacred truth, that "It was not right to make slaves of others against their will", and, from that period, to the latest moment of his unbounded zeal and efforts in the great cause of humanity, he has laboured to establish the principle upon which he based the whole structure of his valuable life. It now becomes our duty, and we feel it to be our privilege, enjoying as we do, the rights and liberties of free British subjects, to present this testimony of our gratitude to the only living forerunner and co-adjutor, who assisted in making and swelling the torrent which swept away the slave trade and slavery from out the dominions of the British Monarch; and in requesting our Pastor, the Rev Walter Dendy, to present this tribute of our esteem and veneration of the virtues of this benefactor and friend of the African race, he will also be pleased to convey to him, that we shall make it a religious duty to present our petitions at a throne of grace, that in his declining years he may be permitted to enjoy that peace and rest on earth, in foreknowledge of the peace and rest, in the eternity of his heavenly Father's Mansions." Permit me to acknowledge the high esteem and value of your services in the great work of humanity Believe me to be Respected and Honoured Sir Yours very Sincerely Walter Dendy
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