William Dillwyn diary
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The collection also includes a copy of a New York Sun newspaper article, dated July 8, 1933, describing the diary and how it was found by book sellers.
- Dillwyn, William, 1743-1824 (Person)
Dillwyn was educated at the Public School; Philadelphia (later the William Penn Charter School) by Anthony Benezet, a Quaker abolitionist. In 1772, Dillwyn traveled, with letters of recommendation from Benezet, to Carolina to study slavery. In 1773, Dillwyn, Richard Smith, and Daniel Wells wrote Brief considerations on slavery, and the expediency of its abolition: with some hints on the means whereby it may be gradually effected.
Dillwyn moved to England in 1774, and he married Sarah Weston in 1777. The couple had eight children:
Lewis Weston, 21 August 1778 John Crook, 18 July 1780 Judith Nichols, 26 August 1781 Ann, 11 September 1783 Lydia, 11 April 1785 George, 1 February 1787 Sarah Musgrave 14 March 1790 Gulielma 16 August 1792
In England, Dillwyn remained involved in the anti-slave trade and anti-slavery movement. Dillwyn was a member of the Meeting for Sufferings Committee on the Slave Trade, and was one of the original members of the London Abolition Committee in 1787.
William Dillwyn died on 28 September, 1824, and was buried at Tottenham, Middlesex.
0.04 Linear Feet (1 volume)
- William Dillwyn diary, 1772-1773
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- July 2015
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