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Horace Walpole on Richard III
The third, "Could it be that no professional historians noticed [Walpole's] well-known book for ~250 years?" is puzzling. Josephine Tey notes Walpole in her The Daughter of Time, a book which was much discussed in the 1950's (although perhaps not by professional historians).
When and how did people begin to consider slavery immoral?
As I understand it, in 1793 Ontario was the first place in the British Empire to ban slavery (albeit grandfathered). See Lt Gov John Simcoe's 1793 "Act to prevent the further introduction of slaves and to limit the term of contract for servitude within this province".