248 AFRICA AND AMERICA.
connected with the same; relates the commencement
of this effort in England, its progress and its details;
entering minutely into the particulars of its advance¬
ment at every stage; bringing before us, ever and anon,
its chief advocates and its prominent opponents, con¬
tinuing the story of it down to 1807, the year when
victory crowned their endeavours.
This is a great work, considered in any, and in every
view. He has embodied in history, facts and incidents
of the most valuable nature which but for him, would
have been unrecorded; and for the want of which, in
all coming times, ingenuous and virtuous youth, would
have lacked the splendid examples of his own, and
Wilberforce's early self-consecration to Truth and Right¬
eousness ; Genius, Learning, and Talent would have
been deprived of the sight of their most eminent
examples, devoted to the cause of humanity; and
Religion would have missed the sight of its most
distinguished ornaments, employing the Gospel, as a
legitimate means for the disenthralment of Africa and
the Slave. The intrinsic value of this work is consid¬
erable. It is written in a clear perspicuous style. It is
a true history. The wisdom, the clear reasoning, the
accurate statement, with which it abounds, are admira¬
ble. And at times it is graced with passages of the
utmost pathos, and rises to the heights of the eloquent
and the sublime.
Mr. Clarkson also published a " Portraiture of Quaker¬
ism," in 3 vols., a Life of William Penn in 2 vols., and
several other works.