ABSTRACT

Mr. Wilberforce, on whom the friends of the abolition mainly relied, as their champion in the House of Commons, being taken ill, they were at a loss how to proceed under the circumstances, when Mr. Pitt sent a message to their chairman, Mr. Sharpe, desiring a conference with him. At that conference, Mr. Pitt declared, he concurred with the Committee in their wish for the entire abolition of the Slave Trade. He added, “He considered himself pledged, that the cause should not sustain injury by the illness of Mr. Wilberforce.” He observed, “He did not believe the subject could be fully investigated, until the Board of Trade had concluded their evidence; but he promised, that he would bring forward a motion, making it obligatory on the House to take up the question early in the ensuing session.” *