frgavin on July 22nd, 2011

July 21st, 2011 Posted in Slavery |

From The Christian Institute

On this day in history the famous clergyman and hymn writer John Newton wrote to Christian MP and anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce urging him not to give up his campaign against slavery.
Newton, a close friend and mentor of the campaigner, had previously persuaded a young Wilberforce to serve God in public life.
Eleven years later, at the start of 1796, Wilberforce put forward a Bill in Parliament aiming to abolish the slave trade
Despite previous disappointments he was convinced that on this occasion he could win the support of the majority of Parliament and put an end to slavery in the British Empire.

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