Josiah Henson Abolitionist
Morley was a great advocate of the anti-slavery movement in Nottingham and London and supported and funded Josiah Henson, a 'freed' fugitive American slave to publish a book about his experience of Slavery and the Underground Railroad that changed history. The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself published in 1849, included a foreword by Samuel Morley. The book became famous for being the inspiration behind Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and later it became updated and published as Uncle Tom's Story of His Life: An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson (1876).