In Mental Improvement Priscilla introduces her opposition to the slave trade. This is the first but by no means the last time that she uses her writing to promote the abolition cause. Quakers being a group particularly opposed to the practice.

 In a conversation on the origin of sugar Mr Harcourt states that sugar is produced in the West-Indies by negro slaves, ‘natives of Africa, snatched from their own country, friends and connections, by the hand of violence and power … they are sold to the planters of sugar –plantations, in an open market like cattle, and afterwards employed in the most laborious and servile occupations, and pass the rest of their lives in involuntary and wretched slavery’.

In protest the children all agree to forego products made with sugar.

Apparently in the 1790s many thousands of people in Britain were boycotting products produced by slaves in order to end the slave trade.

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