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New Biography of Wilberforce "Splendid" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Tuesday, 12 June 2007 18:59
There was a simply glowing review of a new biography of the great lay Christian and abolitionist, William Wilberforce, in the London Times Sunday. It captures the reader from the first paragraph:

At 4am, on February 24, 1807, the House of Commons voted by 283 to 16 for the second reading of a bill to abolish the British slave trade. In an almost unprecedented gesture, nearly the entire house rose to cheer one of its members who, for two decades, had been ignored, abused or violently opposed for making the promotion of this measure his life’s work.

William Wilberforce, the Yorkshire MP, was “completely overpowered by my feelings” and sat with tears streaming down his face. His campaign had been extraordinary. He made himself perhaps the most influential back-bencher in British parliamentary history. A remarkable man espoused a great cause to the point of obsession, and thereby achieved greatness for himself.


The reviewer sums it up:

But the author has produced a splendid read, for which he deserves the utmost credit. He tells Wilberforce’s story with such enthusiasm and narrative skill that, in this bicentennial year, his book seems assured of bestsellerdom. I put it down liking Hague as much as I was moved by his tale, one of the most remarkable in British political history.

Makes me want to run to Amazon.com and buy a copy!
 

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