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Simon Taylor to Chaloner Arcedeckne, 5 July 1789

By Admms |

By July 1789, the House of Commons had launched an inquiry to the slave trade. Wilberforce made his first speech on the subject in May of that year, and it was clear that he had the support of his friend, Prime Minister William Pitt. Taylor was incensed by these turns of events in England and […]

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Simon Taylor to Chaloner Arcedeckne, 16 April 1789

By Admms |

During 1788, parliament received hundreds of petitions from across the country calling for the immediate abolition of the slave trade. In same year, a bill by the abolitionist MP, William Dolben, had imposed regulations on slave traders to do with space and conditions on the Middle Passage between Africa and the Caribbean. By 1789, William […]

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Simon Taylor to Chaloner Arcedeckne, 15 December 1788

By Admms |

By the end of 1788, the assembly had produced a report, to be publicised in Britain, in response to the calls for an end to the slave trade and criticisms of slavery in the West Indies. Taylor hoped that this would be sufficient to put an end to the abolitionist campaign. […] I see that […]

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Simon Taylor to Chaloner Arcedeckne, 23 September 1788

By Admms |

In September 1788, Taylor looked forward to the meeting of the Assembly, convened earlier in the year than usual to discuss the issues raised by British demands for the abolition of the slave trade. He also made some of his boldest statements about the prospect of abolitionism driving white West Indian colonists into a rebellion […]

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Simon Taylor to Chaloner Arcedeckne, Holland, 30 August 1788

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Writing from Holland, his sugar estate, inĀ August 1788, Taylor reflected on a successful bill by the abolitionist MP, William Dolben, imposing regulations on slave traders regarding space and conditions on board ships transporting enslaved people on the Middle Passage between Africa and the Caribbean. Later that year, the Jamaican Assembly accepted this as an act […]

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