PITT, William (1708-1778)
The Speech of the Right Honourable William Pitt, on a Motion for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, in the House of Commons on Monday the Second of April ...
London: Printed by James Phillips, 1792. 32pp. Title page nearly detached and lightly foxed, otherwise very good.
A critical moment in the abolition of the slave trade.
"The debate of this date was one of the most important in the history of the anti-slavery struggle. It resulted in a victory for the colonial party, the latter securing a pledge from the House to support gradual rather than immediate abolition, as Wilberforce had desired. Pitt delivered his speech in support of Wilberforce at 4 a.m." - Ragatz. Although immediate abolition did not result, Pitt throwing his support behind Wilberforce resulted in a compromise that set Great Britain irrevocably on the path to abolition.
Ragatz, p. 539.