Quaker Man Dressed in Simplicity
300 years of Quakers in Tottenham

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Tottenham Quakers

William Dillwyn (1743-1824)

William Dillwyn was born in Philadelphia, USA. In 1774 William came to England to start a campaign against slavery. He quickly made friends and decided to settle here.

In 1777, William Dillwyn married Sally Weston at Tottenham Meeting House. They lived at Higham Lodge, Walthamstow. Sally gave birth to eight children.
"In procuring slaves from the coast of Africa, many children are stolen privately; wars are also encouraged..., but all is at a great distance.
"Many groans arise from dying men, which we hear not. Many cries are uttered by women and fatherless children, which reach not our ears.
"Many cheeks are wet with tears and faces with unutterable grief, which we see not. Cruel tyranny is encouraged. The hands of robbers are strengthened and thousands reduced to the most abject slavery, who never injured us."
From The Case of our fellow creatures, the oppressed Africans, respectfully recommended to the serious considerations of the Legislature of Great Britain by the people called Quakers, written by John Lloyd and William Dillwyn.

William went on to campaign for the rights of slaves in the West Indies. He died aged 81 and is buried in the Friends Burial Ground at Tottenham.


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