Danish Abolition of Slavery

November 19, 1847

Notice that a Royal Decree has been issued “proclaiming the abolition of slavery in the Danish colonies”, by King Christian.  “All slaves under sixteen years of age, are declared absolutely free, from the 18th of September.  Those above that age, are to be held in conditions of apprentices for four years from that time.”… Comment, signed by “Q”:  “Four years is too much of life to be taken from a man.  We wish he had dissolved the whole enchantment at once….”

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