Alternative Reference numberRP/41
TitleWilliam Wilberforce to Samuel Roberts, written from Bath
DescriptionHas been meaning to ask him for a good while to get two or four good razors and as many penknives of a really good quality. Samuel Roberts must not think of making a present of them. Is at Bath to take the waters on his physician’s advice. Had heard there was a Sunday School for chimney sweepers started by a Mr Duncan. Was taken to visit it by Rev Mr Richards who spoke of considerable efforts in Bath to introduce sweeping by a machine, but without much success. Asks if Samuel Roberts’ machine was actually made so that a copy could be made and tried out in Bath. Asks also for some publications on the subject and he will try and circulate them in Bath “where people having less to do, may have their minds more open to the claims of humanity”. Postscript: Prefers a double-bladed knife. Would also like two or three larger knives for rougher work. Hopes Samuel Roberts succeeds in obtaining proof of “the villainy of the unfeeling Rogue who boasted of having defeated our Endeavours to rescue the poor little black Victims”.

8 pages and cover. (Bundle 1)
Date27 Oct 1824
Extent1 item
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