The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

To the Chairmen of the Committees for the Abolition of the Slave Trade


Magdalen College, Cambridge, May 26, 1790.


I take the liberty, as being joined with you in the same laudable endeavours to support the cause of humanity in the Abolition of the Slave Trade, to recommend to your protection the bearer of this note Gustavus Vassa, an African; and to beg the favour of your assistance to him in the sale of this book.

I am, with great respect,


Your most obedient servant,

P. Peckard.


Manchester, July 23, 1790.

Thomas Walker has great pleasure in recommending the sale of the Narrative of Gustavus Vassa to the friends of justice and humanity, he being well entitled to their protection and support, from the united testimonies of the Rev T. Clarkson, of London; Dr. Peckard, of Cambridge; and Sampson and Charles Lloyd, Esqrs. of Birmingham.

Sheffield, August 20, 1790.

In consequence of the recommendation of Dr. Peckard, of Cambridge; Messrs. Lloyd, of Birmingham; the Rev. T. Clarkson, of London; Thomas Walker, Thomas Cooper, and Isaac Moss, Esqrs. of Manchester, we beg leave also to recommend the sale of the Narrative of Gustavus Vassa to the friends of humanity in the town and neighbourhood of Sheffield.

Dr. Brown
Rev. Ja. Wilkinson
Wm. Shore Esq.
Rev. Edw. Goodwin
Samuel Marshall
John Barlow

Nottingham, January 17, 1791.

In consequence of the respectable recommendation of several gentlemen of the first character, who have born testimony to the good sense, intellectual improvements, and integrity of Gustavus Vassa, lately of that injured and oppressed class of men, the injured Africans; and further convinced of the ustice of his recommendations, from our own personal interviews with him, we take the liberty also to recommend the said Gustavus Vassa to the protection and assistance of the friends of humanity.

Rev. G. Walker,
F. Wakefield,
John Morris,
T. Bolton,
Joseph Rigsby, Rector, St. Peter’s,
Thomas Hawksley,
Francis Hart,
Samuel Smith,
S. White, M. D.
John Wright,
j. Hancock


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