Moses Roper (1815–1891)
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Moses Roper was one of the most enigmatic abolitionists to visit Ireland. There, he quickly established a public reputation because, as early as 1840, British newspapers were describing him as the 'celebrated Moses Roper'. In July 1839, they printed a long offensive article that commenced:<disp-quote> Sambo Munchausen, the itinerant lecturer, who, under the cognomen of Moses Roper, delivered such marvels at the Baptist Chapel last week, held forth in favour of freedom and fighting at the Above Bar Chapel, on Wednesday evening last. A small notice appeared in several English newspapers in the middle of 1848, reporting the marriage of Moses Roper to Miss Margaret Hunter in Stockton on 28 May. Interestingly, he was now described as being 'Moses Roper of Canada'. He was described as being 'a tall, keen-eyed mulatto, calling himself Moses Roper'.