William Wilberforce and The Abolition of The Slave Trade

John Henry Kruger admitted to being decidedly against the abolition of the slave trade but

had no objection in going onto a committee on it, He had heard much about benevolence and humanity but where were they to look for a just compensation for their losses?Were individuals to be sacrificed at the shrine of public humanity? Was the public prepared to lose sixty or seventy million as a price of that humanity?

Henry Cruger(1739-1827 )

Quote taken from Hereford Journal May 27th, 1789

I decided to conduct some original research using newspaper archives into the abolition of slavery and came across this quote, which I thought I would share.

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We may look disaapprovingly at this statement but just how different are some of our attitudes today?


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