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Thomas Clarkson's farewell letter to the Americans

CLARKSON, Thomas (1760-1846). Philanthropist and anti-slavery agitator.
Remarkable Autograph Letter Signed to 'Dr Marsh' (unidentifed), ½-page 8vo (trimmed, dust-soiled, and laid down on an album leaf with an engraved portrait), no date. A printed or stamped inscription, 'Clarkson's Letter' at the foot and a note 'On Slavery & Emancipation' in another hand, perhaps that of the recipient.

The letter appears to have been written to an American towards the end of Clarkson's life.
'Accept my last and farewell Letter to the Americans on behalf of our common but sacred cause. I have worked now 60 years and 7 months, and am sorry to say, that being now nearly worn out I can do no more to serve it / Thomas Clarkson. '

[No: 26691]

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