Talk: Humphry Morice - slave trader and embezzler of the Bank

Dr Matthew David Mitchell will give a talk on slave trader and past Governor, Humphry Morice

About the talk

Join Dr Matthew David Mitchell, Associate Professor of History at Sewanee, The University of the South for a free talk on Humphry Morice, former Director and Governor of the Bank of England and prolific slave trader.

Dr Matthew David Mitchell’s talk focuses on the life and career of Humphry Morice, the largest-volume British slave trader of the first half of the eighteenth century, who bears the guilt of forcibly transporting over 30,000 enslaved Africans between 1704 and 1732.

Using Morice's papers in the Bank of England Archives, Mitchell will discuss how Morice's methods propelled him to become one of the most ‘successful’ slave traders, while bringing untold misery to the men, women, and children his captains imprisoned upon his ships.

When: Thursday 21 July from 5.45pm - 7pm

About Dr Matthew David Mitchell

Dr Matthew David Mitchell is Associate Professor of History at Sewanee, The University of the South. He is the author of The Prince of Slavers: Humphry Morice and the transformation of Britain’s transatlantic slave trade, 1698-1732,the first book ever to focus on the life and career of Humphry Morice. He is an expert on British commercial and colonial contacts with the Atlantic World during the early modern period (circa 1500 to 1850).

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This page was last updated 18 July 2022

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