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Resource Date: 1839

Number: 20

Record Office: Suffolk Record Office

Record Office Location Number: HD827/1/1/4/5/1

Description:

Letter from Thomas Clarkson of Playford Hall, near Ipswich 19 Sep 1839 .

Notes: Refers to the struggle with the sons of the late Mr Wilberforce and the state of slavery in the Southern States of America. 

Letter from Thomas Clarkson (refers to the struggle with Wilberforce's sons)

Transcript:
Playford Hall near Ips 19 Sep 1839 My Friend I received your letter of July 13th and to which being in my 80th year, and nearly blind and otherwise indisposed I fear I must make but a short reply - I thank you sincerely for the sympathy you express on account of the struggle (I presume you allude to it) which I have had with the sons of the late Mr Wilberforce. They know best the motive, which guided them in their cruel and unwarrantable attack upon me; but it is a pleasure to me to inform you that no sooner had my public answer to them come out gratulatory addresses to me from public bodies, vindicated my character. And yet, poor deluded young men, though they wished to injure my character, I freely forgive them! It does not become me, particularly at my time of life when I should be at...
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