SACRED to the memory of
ninth son of Dr. Thomas Sharp,
Prebendary of the cathedrals and collegiate churches of York, Durham,
and grandson of Dr John Sharp, Archbishop of York.
Born and educated in the bosom of the Church of England,
he ever cherished for her institutions the most unshaken regard,
while his whole soul was in harmony with the sacred strain
“Glory to GOD in the highest, on earth peace goodwill towards men.”
on which his life presented one beautiful comment
of glowing piety, and unwearied beneficence.
Freed by competence from the necessity, and by content from the desire,
of lucrative occupation.
He was incessant in his labours to improve the condition of mankind.
Founding public happiness on public virtue,
he aimed to rescue his native country from the guilt and inconsistency
of employing the arm of freedom to rivet the fetters of bondage.
And established for the Negro race, in the person of Somerset,
the long disputed rights of human nature.
Having, in this glorious cause, triumphed over the combined resistance
of interest, prejudice, and pride,
he took his post among the foremost of the honourable band
associated to deliver AFRICA from the rapacity of EUROPE
by the abolition of the slave trade;
nor was death permitted to interrupt his career of usefulness
till he had witnessed that Act of the British Parliament
by which “THE ABOLITION” was decreed.
In, his private relations he was equally exemplary,
and having exhibited through life a model of disinterested virtue,
he resigned his pious spirit into the hands of his creator
in the exercise of charity, and faith, and hope,
on the sixth day of July, A.D. 1813,
in the 78th year of his age.
If, on perusing this tribute to a private individual,
thou should’st be disposed to suspect it as partial, or to censure
it as diffuse,
know that it is not PANEGYRIC, but HISTORY.
Erected by THE AFRICAN INSTITUTION of London, A.D.1816.