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PITT, William, the Younger.
Autograph letter signed ("W Pitt") to William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland.
Downing Street: 2 November, 1787. Downing Street: 2 November,, 1787. Single sheet, quarto (239 x 196 mm), hand written in ink across two pages. Remains of verso guard where laid down overwritten in another hand, annotated at foot of second page in a later hand, "(To Lord Auckland.)" Browned with a few areas of discolouration or marks, tiny wear and puncture to left edge not obscuring text, else in very good condition. Autograph letter signed to Pitt's close advisor William Eden, at the time at the height of his influence as envoy to France, in which Pitt attempts to gauge potential French support for the early Abolitionist movement spearheaded by his friend and political ally, William Wilberforce. "You have had a letter from my friend Wilberforce, on a scheme which may appear to some people chimerical but which I really believe may with proper management be made practicable. If it can, I am sure it is an object well worth attending to and perhaps you may be able to learn the private sentiments of the French Government upon it … to Judge whether it can be carried further. I mean the idea of the two nations agreeing to discontinue the villainous traffic now carried on in Africa". 1787 saw the foundation of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, and was also the year in which Wilberforce took political leadership of the Abolition movement. Although Pitt's support for the movement to abolish slavery was unflagging throughout his tenure as Prime Minister, the eventual abolition of the trade would not occur until a year after his death, in 1807. In December 1785 the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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