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Resource Date: 1839

Number: 7

Record Office: St John's College Library, Cambridge

Record Office Location Number: Folder 3 Doc 68


Draft of the Resolution of the Court of Common Council of the City of London, giving Clarkson the freedom of the City, 1839

Notes: Shows how Thomas Clarkson was regarded in his own lifetime.

Resolution of the Court of Common Council (to give Clarkson freedom of the City of London)


Part transcription: Letter requests Thomas to sit for a marble bust to be placed in the court - "to the public services and worth of one who had the merit of originating, and has the consolation of living to witness the triumph of the great struggle for the deliverance of the enslaved African from the most oppressive bondage that ever tried the endurance of afflicted humanity; thereby obtaining for his country the high distinction of separating her commercial greatness from principles incompatible with the exercise of the religion of mercy, and achieving a moral victory whose trophies shall endure while justice, freedom, the clemency of power, and the peaceful glories of civilisation, shall have a place in the admiration of mankind."

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