Resource Date: 1820
Record Office: The Library of the Religious Society of Friends
Record Office Location Number: 421
Pale blue silk handbag with silver clasp made in support of the anti-slavery movement, date c.1820
Donated by Elizabeth Fox Howard in 1915. Originally belonged to the donor's grandmother, Rebecca Fox of Tottenham. Screen printed: on one side with a picture of a mother with a baby on her lap.
Height 21 cm, Width (at bottom) 20.3 cm, Width at clasp 14 cm (5½ inches). (Now on loan and displayed at the Museum in Docklands, London, in their 'London, Sugar and Slavery' gallery).
Text on reverse side reads:
Negro Woman who sittest pining in
captivity and weepest over thy sick
child though no one seeth thee.
God seeth thee though no one pitieth thee.
God pitieth thee; raise thy voice forlorn
and abandoned one; call upon him
from amidst thy bonds for assuredly
He will hear thee.