Drawn by W.M. Craig, plate engraved by Thomson, c.1810-20
William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was an evangelical Christian and leader of the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade in the late 1700s. As Member of Parliament (MP) for Yorkshire, he campaigned for twenty years until the Slave Trade Act of 1807 was finally passed.
John Wesley's last letter, written on February 24th 1791, six days before his death, was addressed to Wilberforce. In it, Wesley urged Wilberforce to continue the fight against the slave trade, the “execrable sum of all villainies”.
See also the goose quill believed to have been the pen Wesley used to write his letter to Wilberforce in the Online Collection.