William Wilberforce (1759-1833), who had led a dissipated life in the company of such distinguished persons as the younger Pitt, was converted through Isaac Milner’s efforts. He then dedicated his life to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. In 1772, a court decision made the ownership of slaves impossible in England. In 1807 Parliament passed an act that banned Englishmen from participating in the slave trade. Evangelical public opinion, working through the English delegate to the Congress of Vienna in 1815, was able to bring about the outlawing of the slave trade by most European states… Slavery was ended in British possessions by an act passed just before Wilberforce’s death in 1833. The act provided nearly 100 million dollars to compensate the owners who freed 700,000 slaves. These achievements would have been impossible without the work of Wilberforce and his evangelical friends in Parliament.
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