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Full Report of the Proceedings at the Meetings of Messrs. Thompson and Borthwick, at Dalkeith

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Title Full Report of the Proceedings at the Meetings of Messrs. Thompson and Borthwick, at Dalkeith
Imprint Glasgow: George Gallie & W. R. M'Phun
Date of Publication 1833
Language English
Notes George Thompson and Peter Borthwick both gave lectures in Dalkeith on 22 March 1833, on the subject of the future of slavery. The anti-slavery movement was close to victory at this point, with the Emancipation Act which abolished slavery throughout the British colonies to be passed in August 1833. This small pamphlet recounts with unconcealed glee the hostile reception given to Borthwick's defence of the system and the applause for Thompson's appeal for emancipation. Borthwick's talk was given shortly after noon, and hissed by about 300 people. Thompson spoke at 7pm before about 1500 people, who seem to have cheered every other word. These antagonists seem to have confronted each other several times in the 1830s, and other publications containing their speeches and related discussions can be found. Thompson's speeches in 1833 led to the formation of the Edinburgh Society for the Abolition of Slavery; in 1834 he travelled to American to campaign against slavery, thereby placing his life in some danger. (DNB)
Shelfmark APS.1.201.027
Acquired on 26/06/01
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