||William Wilberforce's second bill for abolition passed by Commons but defeated by Lords. Commons narrowly rejects motions to reintroduce general abolition and to abolish the British foreign slave trade. A compromise is forged by slavery advocate Sir William Dundas, at the behest of Prime Minister Pitt, providing for gradual abolition by January 1, 1796. It passes 230 to 85--but fails later. Decline of public agitation and abolition society activity. Britain begins campaign to capture the French slave islands. Tobago and Cape Nicolas-Mole on St. Domingue are occupied.