Resource Date: 1787
Record Office: St John's College Library, Cambridge
Record Office Location Number: Folder 1 Doc 1
Clarkson's Diary of Travels in West Country & Wales 25 June 1787 - 25 July 1787. (Scanned p7-8, 11-13, 17-21)
Notes: The extract shows Clarkson's feelings of anticipation and his resolve about the task before him in Bristol. It also shows his feelings about the slave ships and their crews, and the trickery and violence used against the ships' crews to get them to sign up. It also talks of his personal meetings with local dignitaries to get support.
Clarkson's Diary (Travels in the West Country 1787)
... The Country all about was hilly and quite a Champain Country, without Trees - I breakfasted at Chippenham, got on Horseback at 10 o Clock, arrived at Bath 13 miles at 12 o Clock - I dined here. After dinner I walked about the Town and was much charmed with it as well as with the Country about it - I left this City at 6 o Clock & arrived at Bristol 12 miles on at 8 - when I came within a Mile of this City the weather not being quite clear, it appeared to be very bulky. The Bells of some of the Churches were ringing at the Time. These with the other Circumstance was productive of some odd Sensations. I began rather to tremble at the arduous Task of attempting to subvert a Branch of the Trade of this large City, and to encounter an Host of People in it - However I became soon calm...View Entire Transcription
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