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Black Poor and White PhilanthropistsLondon's Blacks and the Foundation of the Sierra Leone Settlement 1786–1791$
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Stephen J. Braidwood

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780853233770

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317293

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The Sierra Leone Proposal

The Sierra Leone Proposal

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(p.63) 2: The Sierra Leone Proposal
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Black Poor and White Philanthropists
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317293.003

In January 1786, a ‘Committee of Gentlemen’ met in London to discuss how to provide relief to the city's poor lascars. That meeting culminated in the creation of the Committee for the Relief of the Black Poor, whose members included philanthropists and abolitionists as well as men of reputable standing in the business community. Among them were George Peters, Thomas Boddington, John Julius Angerstein, Robert Melville, Montagu Burgoyne, Benjamin Johnson, and Jonas Hanway. Another group with an interest in London's blacks was composed of the West India planters. This chapter provides an overview of the Committee for the Relief of the Black Poor in London and some of its prominent members. It then examines the Committee's proposal to settle the city's blacks overseas, which eventually became the Sierra Leone expedition of 1786–1787, and the British government's support for the plan to build a settlement in West Africa.

Keywords:   London, relief, lascars, Black Poor, philanthropists, abolitionists, Sierra Leone, settlement, West Africa

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