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A life of Pope Leo X succeeded the one on Lorenzo. 76 Their wide circulation was furthered by translations into most of the languages of western Europe. By sending a copy of Leo X to Thomas Jefferson, Roscoe probably helped to publicize them in 38 Abolitionists and Working-Class Problems America. 77 The American author Washington Irving reported that when he unexpectedly met Roscoe in the Liverpool Athenaeum, 'I drew back with an involuntary feeling of veneration. '78 As Roscoe's reputation brought credit to Liverpool, hostility to his political radicalism began to fade.

By the last half of the century the Society of Friends was bearing a stronger testimony against the trade, and William the third (c. 1728-1789) extended the Rathbone company's policy against it by refusing to sell timber to firms that built slavers. 6 A Quartet of Liverpudlians 19 The first eight bags and three barrels of American cotton to reach Liverpool from America in 1784 were consigned to the firm of William Rathbone and Son, and as the trade in cotton increased it posed further problems of conscience, settled completely and finally only in 1862 when the firm refused, on grounds of both morality and expediency, to buy any more.

Currie gave himself away, however, when he wrote that he hoped the 'simple ditty' might do some good and confessed that it had already done some 'in diverting a stream of indigation that a certain heart could hardly contain'. Only after Moore obtained its acceptance for publication in the World under the title 'The African' did Currie admit its provenance. 20 In a subsequent letter from Moore to Currie on the subject, Moore raised the point that 'Some people who in other respects are not shallow say that the negroes in the West Indies are better off than the labourers in Great Britain ....

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