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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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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

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(p.225) 5: A New Beginning
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Black Poor and White Philanthropists
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317293.006

After the failure of the Province of Freedom, Granville Sharp immediately hatched a plan to organise a relief expedition to help the survivors and keep them together. He asked for help from the British government, but when he received a lukewarm response, he turned to the St. George's Bay Company, hoping that it would buy a larger vessel to transport a significant quantity of stores. Sharp was also pinning his hopes on the Company to negotiate an agreement for the reoccupation of the land. This chapter examines the issues that surrounded the St. George's Bay Company as well as the constitutional position of the Sierra Leone settlement, looking in particular at the debate in Parliament about a settlement bill which would give the Company its formal incorporation.

Keywords:   Granville Sharp, settlement, St. George's Bay, Sierra Leone, incorporation, Parliament, relief

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