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'Anthony Benezet, John Newton, and the Liverpool Slave Trade'
This article investigates a forgotten moment in the pre-history of British abolitionism: the publication of an anonymous ‘Relation’ written by a penitent Liverpool slave trader and printed in Anthony Benezet’s A Short Account (1762). The article suggests that the Philadelphia Quaker acquired the Liverpool ‘Relation’ via the London Dissenting publishers of Two Dialogues on the Man-Trade (1760). Identifying close parallels between events described in the ‘Relation’ and the voyage of the Brownlow in 1748-49, it argues that the former slave trader was probably John Newton, subsequently famous as a pastor, hymnwriter, and abolitionist. The conclusion considers potential implications for our understanding of Newton’s career and the origins of the British abolitionism.
CitationSlavery and Abolition: a journal of slave and post-slave studies, 2022, in press
Author affiliationSchool of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester
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