Comfort Of God's Protection (3 of 5) by Stephen Whitney
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In the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey, just to the left of the bust of Alfred Tennyson, hangs a plaque dedicated to Granville Sharp. He was a literary and biblical scholar who is best known for the "Granville Sharp Rule," an obscure but important rule in Greek grammar about nouns connected together by "and."
Because of his contribution to the understanding of language Granville Sharp is remembered among the literary giants of England. But what is amazing is that the plaque says nothing about his literary achievement. The thing for which he is remembered is far more significant.
He was born in England and lived a modest life as clerk who spent his extra time studying literature which included Greek. In 1765 he was living with his brother, a surgeon, when Jonathan Strong
knocked on the door seeking medical help. Strong was a black slave who had been so badly beaten by his master that he was close to death. Moved by compassion, Sharp took Strong to a hospital, where he spent four months recovering from his injuries.
While Strong was recuperating in the hospital, Sharp would visit him regularly. During those visits Strong told him how his master had brought him from Barbados, been dissatisfied with his work, beat him and eventually just threw him out on the street.
After Strong had regained his health, his master paid some men to recapture him because he realized this "property" might again have some value for him. When Sharp heard the news, he took the slave master to court, claiming that because Strong was in England he was no longer a slave. The court ruled that Strong was free. He took up the case of other slaves and convinced the courts that as soon as any slave sets foot upon English territory, he becomes free.
The plaque in Poet's Corner has a picture of Granville Sharp. To his left is an Af ...
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