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Henry Beaufoy, Goreland - Near Beaconsfield,[England], to My Lord, 1788 July 14, LetterManuscript Mss 788414.3

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Henry Beaufoy, Goreland - Near Beaconsfield,[England], to My Lord, 1788 July 14, Letter

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Manuscript Mss 788414.3

Collection Dates:

1788 July 14

Size of Collection:

[12] p, (3 leaves); ; 23 x 37 cm, folded to 23 x 18.5 cm


Discusses the current state of knowledge of the inland portions of Africa and its people, and the African Association's plans for expeditions to be undertaken by William Lucas and John Ledyard. Describes Ledyard's travels prior to his arrival in England, including his expulsion from Russia.

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Henry Beaufoy was one of the founders and first secretary of the Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior Parts of Africa. Founded in 1788, the Association sponsored several expeditions to the Western Sudan and North Africa during the late 1780's and 1790's including the famous Mungo Park expedition of 1795-97. Beaufoy, as a Member of Parliament, was a key figure in the nonconformist movement as well as an ardent supporter of abolition. His work in recruiting and directing the Association's explorers helped set the stage for nineteenth century British involvement in Africa.

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