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.

To listen to the voices of actual slaves click here

Transcript of recording of  former slave Fountain Hughes.



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


Ted Talk on Modern Day Slavery



I do not claim to know all the answers nor do I claim to be one hundred percent accurate in my research. My research as with everything else in my blog is a work in progress, which is being constantly revised and updated.

I hope this research is useful.  If you can provide any further useful and productive information, please feel free to contact me via the contact form, I would be particularly interested to hear from others who are researching the Panton family of Lincolnshire.

You Matter



Today’s post started out as one thing and has ended up being about something totally different. It was meant to be another fun post about my efforts with graphics. I had decided I wanted to produce a candle this time. I had struggled to create something more realistic than my previous efforts. I enjoy playing around with gifs. This post was meant to be fun but as I sat there watching the candle I had created, I began to cry.

I learned something which saddened me deeply this week and somehow my silly efforts with a gif had brought my feelings to the surface. I have been reading the blog of Beauty Beyond Bones for a while now. I have found it has given me a window on a world I knew little about. I have been deeply touched by her writing and it has opened my eyes to some of the realities of eating disorders.

This week I heard some tragic news of how an eating disorder may have taken a beautiful young life, a little closer to home. I am profoundly affected by any loss of a child or young person. I have spent a good portion of my life involved with children and young people both as a teacher and a parent. I was profoundly saddened by the death early on in my career, of a student of mine, who was killed on the road on her way home from school. I will never forget attending her funeral. I made myself a promise that if there was any way I could act and perhaps save a life, I would try. So today I want to reach out( both as a former teacher and a mother) to those suffering with eating disorders,

If an eating disorder is affecting your life, just know that you are precious. However you may see yourself, in God’s eyes you are beautiful. You have so much to give. Reach out for whatever help you need. You matter.

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