Letters on the Slave-Trade, and the State of the Natives in those parts of Africa, which are contiguous to Fort St. Louis and Goree, written at Paris in December 1789, and January 1790
James Phillips
Abolition Campaigns
Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature, University of London. Rhodes House, Oxford. British Library. Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Letters Slave Trade Goree St. Louis Senegal Villeneuve Clarkson Paris Mirabeau
This pamphlet was published in the form of letters, written in response to queries about the inhabitants of Senegal, slavery and the slave trade, which had been put to Clarkson during his stay in Paris. Clarkson's reponse drew mainly on the account of Senegal given to him by René Geoffroy de Villeneuve, who had travelled extensively there in the late 1780s as aide-de-camp of the Governor of Goree, and gave Clarkson detailed accounts of the impact of the slave trade in the area. This publication was based on a longer series of thirteen letters which Clarkson wrote to Mirabeau between December 1789 and January 1790, the originals of which are held at the Clements Library, University of Michigan.
Three supplements are attached to this pamphlet: "A Map of the Travels of Mr de Villeneuve from the river Sallum to the Senegal", two illustrated plates showing the wooden restraints used to bind the enslaved Africans to one another as they were transported to the coast, and "Plan of the Village of Portudal".