William Wilberforce — English Politician born on August 24, 1759, died on July 29, 1833

William Wilberforce was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire. In 1785, he became an Evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform... (wikipedia)

Life as we know it, with all its ups and downs, will soon be over. We all will give an accounting to God of how we have lived.
What should we suppose must naturally be the consequence of our carrying on a slave trade with Africa? With a country, vast in its extent, not utterly barbarous, but civilized in a very small degree? Does any one suppose a slave trade would help their civilization?
My walk is a public one. My business is in the world, and I must mix in the assemblies of men or quit the post which Providence seems to have assigned me.
As much pains were taken to make me idle as were ever taken to make me studious.
Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.

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