I'm reading about William Wilberforce's opposition to the slave trade. One of the quotes is from John Hippisley, who was a proponent of the slave trade. In one of his essays he says "The impossibility of of doing without slaves in the West Indies will always prevent this traffic being dropped. The necessity, the absolute necessity, then, of carrying it on, must, since there is no other, be its excuse."

He wrote this in Essays in 1764. Is there any indication that he mentioned what worldview he held at this time?


I'm not concerned that he specifically hinted at or specified his worldview in this essay or another. If there are other sources, that's fine, too.

  • Not really an answer, but this article has some biographic information about Hippisley – sempaiscuba Aug 4 '18 at 1:15
  • Excellent. Thank you for the edit and the comment. I'll have a look at the article. – Don Branson Aug 4 '18 at 1:34
  • @sempaiscuba - great article, thank you for the reference. – Don Branson Aug 4 '18 at 1:42
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    If you Google "define worldview" you'll see "a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world" which is the the way I understood it when writing this question. – Don Branson Aug 4 '18 at 14:06

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