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15. Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783-1869) [DTH]

CATEGORY

Modern political papers

CONTENTS

Papers relating to Sierra Leone, the Persian Gulf and India, papers relating to his work as a politician, writer and reformer, transcriptions of correspondence, draft chapters of biographies written by Charles William Thompson and Edith Thompson.

HIGHLIGHTS

Papers written and received during his Governorship of Sierra Leone, 1808-10, including letters from William Wilberforce, letters to Lord Liverpool and papers on the question of slaves in the colony; official letters and dispatches about his expedition to the Persian Gulf and his court martial; correspondence about Radical politics, especially with John Bowring, and relating to Bradford.

SIGNIFICANCE

This archive is a significant source for the study of the anti-slavery, free trade and parliamentary reform movements of the first half of the 19th century.  As such, it supports the research priorities of WISE (the newly established Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at Hull University).  TP Thompson was a polymath, with interests ranging across mathematics, economics, natural history, foreign languages and music.  He had a varied and often controversial career in colonial administration and in the military, and as a writer, pamphleteer and politician.  He was a leading member of the Anti Corn Law League and was associated with reformers such as Jeremy Bentham. 

See the Modern political papers subject guide for more details.