Selected Special Collections
Thompson and Chesson Scrapbooks
Scrapbooks related to the abolition of slavery, (19 scrapbooks)
George D. Thompson, (1804-1878) and Frederick W. Chesson, (1833-1888) were British abolitionists, lecturers and anti-slavery activists. Thompson founded the Edinburgh Society for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the World in 1833. He worked with William Lloyd Garrison, John Greenleaf Whittier and other members of the American Anti-Slavery Society and was instrumental in establishing early abolitionist societies in both the United Kingdom and the United States. In 1847. Thompson was elected as a Member of Parliament where he served until 1852. Frederick William Chesson was an English journalist, influential anti-slavery proponent and secretary of the London Aborigines’ Protection Society. In 1855, Chesson married Amelia Thompson, the daughter of George Thompson. Together in 1859, F.W. Chesson and George Thompson founded the London Emancipation Society.
19 scrapbooks (1797-1886) consist of newspaper clippings from various sources documenting the activities of Thompson and include writings by Chesson. Included are handwritten notes by Thompson, pamphlets, handbills, letters to the editor, newspaper reports, essays and book reviews written by Chesson.