Sarah Greenshaw’s Autograph letter to Martha Wicksteed 1837



Written after the formal abolition of slavery in August 1834, but when the practice still existed. Greenshaw writes, "I have begun a few lines hoping to send by Dr. Palmer who is again visiting Chester for the purpose of forming an antislavery Society- it appears from his account ands statement of facts that Slavery has been much worse in the island of Jamaica since the Abolition that it was before, although this Nation has made the sacrifice of twenty millions of pounds in order to remunerate the planters." Dr. Palmer, a Jamaica magistrate, had interpreted the law in the light of abolition and been dismissed for his pains: subsequently he threw himself into the anti-slavery movement in England.