In 1789 Wilberforce made his first speech in Parliament on the subject of ending the slave trade. However, the slave traders and slave owners had too many friends and allies in Parliament. Wilberforce’s proposal was defeated for the first, but not the last, time.
The son of a Scottish minister, Zachary Macaulay was working in a merchant counting house in Glasgow when at the age of 16 he was sent to Jamaica. He started work on a sugar plantation where eventually he became a manager.
After eight years working in the West Indies he returned to Britain. In 1794 he took the post of Governor of the Sierra Leone colony established in 1788 for freed slaves in West Africa.
Biografi: Thomas Fowell Buxton was born in Essex in 1786. His mother was a member of the Society of Friends Buxton became a close friend of Joseph Gurney and he began attending meetings of the Society of Friends with the Gurney family. Buxton married Joseph's sister, Hannah, in 1807.