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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter IV. 1788-1796
Count Rantzau to William Roscoe, [March? 1796]

Vol I. Contents
Chapter I. 1753-1781
Chapter II. 1781-1787
Chapter III. 1787-1792
Chapter IV. 1788-1796
Chapter V. 1795
Chapter VI. 1796-1799
Chapter VII. 1799-1805
Chapter IX. 1806-1807
Chapter X. 1808
Chapter XI. 1809-1810
Vol II. Contents
Chapter XII. 1811-1812
Chapter XIII. 1812-1815
Chapter XIV. 1816
Chapter XV. 1817-1818
Chapter XVI. 1819
Chapter XVII. 1820-1823
Chapter XVIII. 1824
Chapter XIX. 1825-1827
Chapter XX. 1827-1831
Chapter XXI.
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“Having, since a long time, given up every hope of keeping any place in your memory, I was most agreeably surprised by receiving your favour of the 30th of September, and I seize with pleasure the opportunity you have the kindness of offering, to keep up a connection which I shall
always consider as one of the most interesting fruits of my travels.

“I may not conceal to you how much the approbation of my conduct, which a man in a far distant country, whom age and knowledge places far above me, flatters myself. It gives me the courage to entertain you further of those steps which are made in a small and peaceable country towards the civil accomplishment of the state of society.

“It was in the year 1794, I granted liberty and property to the glebæ adscriptis of my estate. In 1796, shortly after my return from Italy, the noblemen and country gentlemen instituted a committee to examine the state of slavery in Holstein. The lovers of ancient time endeavoured to abuse this measure as a mean for continuing in our former state. Having been so happy as to be elected a member of the committee, consisting of eight noblemen and four gentlemen, I proposed the total abolition of slavery in Holstein and Sleswick, and was so happy to carry the measure, after the debate had lasted about thirteen months. This resolution was signed the 11th of March, and is already submitted to the royal approbation. The latter part of this century has seen many examples of sovereigns restoring part of their subjects to the rights of which another part had deprived them, but I think it the very first instance, where a privileged order has volun-
tarily received their slaves into the rank of citizens. If you see
Lord Lansdowne, I beg you to do me the favour to inform him of this. I am sure a thing of this nature will, notwithstanding the remoteness of the theatre and the smallness of the object, merit the attention and interest of that great man.”