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Wilberforce, William (1759-1833) to John Young Esquire

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: JB00024 Author/Creator: Wilberforce, William (1759-1833) Place Written: Type: Autograph letter signed Date: Pagination: Order a Copy

This letter from William Wilberforce to John Young concerns a friend of Young's who wishes to visit someone at his home in Africa. Wilberforce cautions that if this unnamed person wants to travel there he must be careful and get as close as possible to his homeland before leaving security as their age won't keep them from being kidnapped. He cautions that if he is captured he will face the strong possibility of not making his way back to his "indulgent Master in Antigua" Wilberforce also mentions that there is a strong possibility that his friend in Africa is dead. Wilberforce also mentions that some places have more Christianity and are kinder and recommends that Young' friend goes there instead. Wilberforce then mentions that the other part of the request may be difficult from the distance, but that when he returns from parliament he will forward 2 or 3 Arabic texts for him. Accompanied by JB00023.

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