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Duplicate letter no.5078 of 1855 from Henry Anderson, Secretary to the Government of Bombay, to Commander Felix Jones, Acting Resident in the Persian Gulf [‎33r] (5/14)

The record is made up of 7 folios. It was created in 7 Dec 1855. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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The letter is a covering letter, enclosing written guidance on how to deal in future with slaves who have absconded from Bushire, taken service in the Indian Navy, and then returned as a crew member to Bushire. The letter has two enclosures. The first is letter no.43 of 1855 (folios 32-36) from Anderson to George Edmonstone, Secretary to the Government of India, dated 5 March 1855, and contains instructions from the Governor in Council at Fort William. The guidelines make a clear distinction between the crew member of a vessel who takes leave on shore at a place in which he was previously enslaved, and is considered to be under the protection of the British flag, and the deserter who has effectively forgone his right to British protection. The enclosure also provides details of an example of the proportion of Indian naval crews who were formerly African slaves. The second enclosure is letter no.3968 (folios 36-37) from J Dalrymple, Officiating Secretary to the Government of India, to Anderson, dated 9 November 1855. Dalrymple states that the Honourable President in Council’s opinion on the matter corresponds to that of the Governor in Council.

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Duplicate letter no.5078 of 1855 from Henry Anderson, Secretary to the Government of Bombay, to Commander Felix Jones, Acting Resident in the Persian Gulf [‎33r] (5/14), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/149, ff 31-37, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023318562.0x00004d> [accessed 17 February 2020]

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