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Title: Mindetale over ..,.Hans Excellence Geheimestatsminister Herr Ernst Heinrich Greve af Schimmelmann
Description: Kjöbenhavn, Poppske Bogtrykkerie, [1831]. blank wrappers. 20x12cm, 39,(1) pp. Contemporary blank wrappers with title inked on cover.. Some wear. A stain to left side margins. Good. ¶ Memorial speech delivered by Danish scientist H.C. Ørsted over Count von Schimmelmann. Pages 13 to 17 concern Schimmelmann's role in suppression of the Danish slave trade. Full title reads: "Mindetale over det kongelige danske Videnskabernes Selskabs Præses Hans Excellence Geheimestatsminister Herr Ernst Heinrich Greve af Schimmelmann, Ridder af Elephanten, Storkors af Dannebrogen og Dannebrogsmand, Herre til Grevskabet Lindenborg, o.s.v. holden i Selskabets Møde den 14. Juli 1831 af dets secretair H.C. Örsted". ["He contributed to the abolition of slave trade in Denmark by showing in a report, how Danish slave trade was inhumane and led to deficits. In the report, he also accounted for how better treatment of slaves in the Danish West Indies could reduce the large child mortality, which each year substantially reduced the slave population. Schimmelmann was not against slavery, but rather the ghastly Atlantic slave trade. Ernst Heinrich von Schimmelmann was a slave owner himself, owning a large sugar plantation on the island Saint Croix and being a shareholder in a company that transported slaves from the Gold Coast. He has been formally portrayed with his Negro slave in Copenhagen, where his family held several slaves. As Minister of Finance, Schimmelmann's work to stop slave trade was started in 1792. Previously there had been no restrictions to trade, and as a compensation, he introduced government-subsidized loans for purchasing slaves prior to the ban...." - wikipedia].

Keywords: Danish Political History, Denmark, Slave Trade, Slavery, Virgin islands, Colonial History, , ,

Price: US$ 50.00 Seller: Expatriate Bookshop of Denmark
- Book number: BOOKS025565I

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