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Thomas Clarkson Tours the Slave Ports around Britain
BT 6/10, pp. 641-4 & 650


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Thomas Clarkson.
[11.June
I passed two Months at Liverpool and two at Bristol, and in these Places I collected Specimens of the Productions of Africa which I have brought with Me, and which are, as follows.
Indigo
Tulip Wood
Rice
Yellow Wood
Cotton
Musk
Malagetta Pepper
Gum Copal
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Grains of Paradise
Gum Senega
Cayenne Pepper
Gum: Rub: Astringens
Black Pepper
Mahogany
Long Pepper
Cotton Cloths.

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Can You say from what Part of the Coast of Africa these Articles were brought?
A. I.

 
Thomas Clarkson
A.      I cannot exactly say - the black Pepper was brought from Whydah, and the Cotton from Gambia - they were in general given me by the Importers - the Indigo and musk were given Me by Dr. Turner of Liverpool, who received them from a Gentleman, who brought them from the Coast of Africa.
I can speak to the Loss which this Country sustains in Her Seamen by the Prosecution of the African Trade, being able to give an Account of about 4080 Seamen - This Account is taken from the Muster Rolls kept at Liverpool and Bristol and delivered upon Oath - The Muster Roll at Liverpool is kept in the Custom House, and that of Bristol in the Merchants Hall.
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Thomas Clarkson
 
This Account is taken from between forty and fifty Ships, which returned to Liverpool in the 1786, and about as many in the 1787; and from about 24 Ships, which returned to Bristol in the Years since the Peace - I inspected the Muster Rolls myself, and it appears thereby that every Ship that sails from the Port of Liverpool in the Slave Trade loses in the course of Her voyage from the Time of Her sailing to that of Her return, by Deaths natural or accidental, more than seven of Her Crew, out of about 38 both upon an Average, exclusive of those that died after their Discharge in the West Indies, or in the Infirmaries at Home.
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