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Sir Robert Peel MP (1750-1830) saw the Foreign Slave Trade Abolition Bill as a threat to the cotton industry and to the cotton town of Manchester. He raised this petition thereby highlighting the risk it presented to the merchants and their trade interests.
Peel's own firm, Peel, Yateses, Halliwell & Co., signed the petition together with other merchants and manufacturers. It was presented to the House of Lords on 13 May 1806.
The Foreign Slave Trade Abolition Bill prevented the importation of slaves by British traders into territories belonging to foreign powers. In the event the Bill was passed on 23 May 1806.
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