Petition from the inhabitants of Manchester in support of the Foreign Slave Trade Abolition Bill
This petition, which had been encouraged by Thomas Clarkson as a response to the petition against the Foreign Slave Trade Abolition Bill, was presented to the House of Lords on 14 May 1806, one day after the petition from the town's manufacturers and merchants. The Bill prevented the importation of slaves by British traders into territories belonging to foreign powers.
The petition comprises nine sheets of parchment which have been stitched together and these contain more than 2,000 names. In total it is over five metres long and the names include those of some women.