King Willem III
8 August 1862

Slavery abolition act signed

[Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Kabinet des Konings, Kabinet der Koningin, (1814) 1841-1897, nummer toegang 2.02.04, inventarisnummer 1383B]


Can’t parliament take some time off when I’m away? Right now I’m being bothered at my holiday home in Wiesbaden (Germany) to sign an act.

King Willem III



Slave Charlotte 3 October 1862

The governor of Surinam has just told us that all slaves will be freed on 1 July 1863. He asked us to await that day in peace. Even after 1863 we’ll have to obey Surinam governance and keep working. Will we really be free?





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