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Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846)

Thomas ClarksonThe veteran leader of the old Anti-Slavery Society, that had gathered mass support for the abolition of the slave trade in 1806. Clarkson went to the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1818 ‘and he brought before the Plenipotentiaries at that Congress a memorial urging the adoption of a measure for bringing about a reciprocal right of search on the part of the Powers’, and also ‘that the Slave-trade should be recognised as piracy by International Law.’
Clarkson helped revive the anti-slavery movement a second time in 1823, leading to the eventual abolition of slavery in 1833.
Clarkson agreed to become President of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society when it was founded connecting the new society to its illustrious predecessors.


The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society
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