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Lot 501
WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM (1759-1833, philanthropist and anti-slavery agitator)

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WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM (1759-1833, philanthropist and anti-slavery agitator)
FINE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ('W Wilberforce'), TO THE PRIME MINISTER, SPENCER PERCEVAL, concerning the amount of relief he has contemplated in an identical cause, namely £15,000 by private contributions and, if the national purse were to furnish the aid, then £20,000-£25,000 ('...But the Conclusion is confessedly vague because the premises are so scanty & uncertain. One proposition however is too clear, that ye poor people have been despoiled of all they had...'); he suggests that the money might have been provided from 'the Vote of Credit' and afterwards come forward under the head of 'Contingencies...Obscure', and points out that Perceval could not have sought the sense of the House [of Commons] without endangering or preventing the execution of the design; he further states that he cannot recollect the terms of the oath of the Secretary of State for the Foreign Department concerning his secret service money, but unless the wording limits its use to political purposes then he supposes that the aid might be supplied from that source; finally, he urges Perceval to give attention to the dispersing of any aid to which end he could see Mr Kueper [the Princess of Wales's German master], Mr Steinkopff ('one of the best Creatures living') who is Minister of a German Lutheran Church in London, and Mr Reyner who could tell him about the relief sent to Hanover, Finland and Swabia, 3 pages, quarto, endorsements (one mentioning the Slave Trade), Barnham Court, 15 July 1810
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