This study is an attempt to look behind the scenes at the self-effacing man, Zachary Macaulay – one far less known than Wilberforce or his famous son, Thomas Babington Macaulay – and to correct the imbalance of the record. It is an endeavour to assess in some measure Zachary Macaulay’s enormous contribution to the abolition of both the slave trade and of slavery itself in the British Dominions. More than all, as Macaulay himself would have wished, we seek to give God the glory for raising up such a man at so critical a juncture of British national history.
Faith Cook, daughter of Stanley and Norah Rowe, missionaries of the China Inland Mission (now OMF), was born in north-west China. After missionaries were evicted from the country in 1951, she returned to the UK and attended Clarendon School in North Wales before proceeding to teacher training college in Bromley, Kent. She married Paul Cook in 1961, and they served several evangelical churches in the Midlands and Yorkshire before his retirement. They have a daughter, four sons and ten grandchildren, and now live in Breaston, Derbyshire.
"This little biography is a gem. In short compass Faith Cook has rescued Zachary Macaulay from undeserved obscurity and once more placed us all in her debt. This is the attractively written story of a great Christian philanthropist, who after a conversion from an early dissolute life spent his energies in the movement to destroy slavery in the British Empire." Robert Oliver, Lecturer in Church History and Historical Theology at the London Theological Seminary
"Faith Cook has used all her skill and spiritual sympathy to bring this man to life. She has written another inspirational book and put us in her debt again." - Geoff Thomas, Pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales