Let’s get the facts

PUBLISHED: 12:26 12 January 2007 | UPDATED: 19:54 01 June 2010

AS stated in the article by Malcolm Moss, 2007 sees a significant event for the Fens. What a pity that details of this significant event seem to be eluding so many people. The year 1807 saw the trading of slaves illegal, not slavery. A small difference in

AS stated in the article by Malcolm Moss, 2007 sees a significant event for the Fens.

What a pity that details of this significant event seem to be eluding so many people. The year 1807 saw the trading of slaves illegal, not slavery. A small difference in wording maybe, but a significant one. The following details are from the website http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/

After the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807 Clarkson published his book History of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade.

Clarkson was not satisfied with the measures passed by Parliament and joined Thomas Fowell Buxton to form the Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery. However, Clarkson had to wait until 1833 before Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act that gave all slaves in the British Empire their freedom.

Wisbech, of all places, should get the facts correct.

SUSANAH FARMER, South Brink, Wisbech


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