Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1828: William Wilberforce. He was raised Anglican, but came under the influence of Methodists and other evangelicals at any early age, who urged him to take up the anti-slavery cause. He wasn’t the first to advocate, but he became the key member of Parliament on the issue, obtaining ban on the slave trade in 1807 and the abolition of slavery itself in most of the British Empire in 1833. He was a conservative, but he became acutely aware that the discussion was about human beings with souls as dear to God as any others.

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