agitated the whole kingdom, and would not cease until
the shackle was stricken from the fettered limb of the
slave, and the door was opened to the captive.
While putting forth these exertions, Mr. Clarkson
still stirred himself with reference to the slave trade.
His chief anxiety in this respect seems to have been, to
obtain the combined opposition of the great nations of
Europe against it, forbidding their subjects participat¬
ing in it, and declaring it piracy. And for this purpose
he failed not to avail himself of every opportunity. In
1815, the Emperor of Russia, the celebrated Alexander,
some other of the crowned heads of Europe, and several
highly distinguished individuals, met in Paris. Mr.
Clarkson drew up an address to the sovereigns, and re¬
quested an interview, which was readily granted. Soon
after a meeting took place at Aix-la-Chapelle, when
the Emperor, recognizing Mr. Clarkson, led him into
his room, and placed a chair for him to sit upon. The
Emperor expressed approval of his address, and under¬
took to deliver copies of it to the Emperor of Austria,
and the King of Prussia.
Thus did this distinguished man " stand before kings,"
honored and respected in the simplicity and beauty of a
high and holy character. Nor was it only abroad that
his virtues were appreciated and his name honored. At
home too, on the very spot which had witnessed his
labors, were those labors esteemed, and his character
reverenced. Flattering acknowledgments of his worth
and estimation, were received from all quarters of the
world. The Poet Wordsworth addressed him a highly