WARDLAW, Ralph. 16142



Autograph Letter Signed, to the Rev. F.A.Cox in Hackney, naming two representatives from his church who hoped to attend the Anti-State Church Conference, and arranging for the Rev. John Barnet to represent them if they were not able to attend. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches, in good condition. Glasgow, 23 April 1844. Ralph Wardlaw (1779-1853), Scottish Congregational minister and theologian, slavery abolitionist. In May 1818 he travelled to London to preach one of the annual sermons on behalf of the London Missionary Society, which brought him acclaim from the English nonconformist community, and in September of that year he was granted a doctorate in divinity by Yale College in the United States. A long-standing opponent of slavery, Wardlaw was one of the founders of the Glasgow Anti-Slavery Society in 1823. He came to reject the moderate anti-slavery position that the abolition of slavery should be a gradual process. In November 1830 he delivered a powerful speech before the Glasgow Anti-Slavery Society, in which he demanded the immediate abolition of slavery.