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'Report of Inter-Departmental Committee on Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere's recommendations for the suppression of the East African Slave Trade' [‎101v] (4/8)

The record is made up of 1 file (4 folios). It was created in Oct 1873. 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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Sir Bartle Frere's Recommendations.
3. Establishment of corps of trained in
terpreters.
2 first class. Pay 8s. per day.
8 second class. ,, 6s. ,,
' 16 third class. „ 3s. „
26 All with rations when afloat.
Selection. —By Consul-General.
Employment.—One man to be on board
the cruizer, and one third-class man to be
in every boat detached for service.
Payment. —To be borne on the books of
the establishment and paid by the Consul-
General, except when afloat, when they
should be charged to the Admiralty.
Pension. —Under the Indian Uncove-
nanted Service Rules.
Observations and Proposals.
as I was informed by the head of the Cus
toms." (Confidential Correspondence,
page 79.) .
It may be matter of consideration, looking
at the facts thus stated by Sir B. Frere, of
the Indian commercial interests at stake at
Mozambique, whether this expense should
not be shared by the Indian Government.
3.
We consider this a question of paramount
importance, and one which requires imme
diate attention.
We would not propose to fix the number
of interpreters, but consider that a sum of
2,000/. per annum would be required to
cover this branch of the service.
We think there should be one first-class
interpreter to remain at Zanzibar; but it is
possible Dr. Kirk would find that the
Guzerati Accountant attached to his Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
would be able also to perform this duty.
That there should be one second-class
Interpreter always on board each cruizer,
and one tbird-class Interpreter to every
boat which is detached from the vessel for
cruizing purposes.
The number thus required would probably
amount to thirty men.
We agree with Sir B. Frere that the
Interpreters should be borne on the books
of the Consulate-General, and that they
should be selected by the Consul-General
and sent out by him on application from
commanding officers.
Interpreters should have no share in prize
money.
The cost of Interpreters hitherto has
amounted to about 300Z. per annum, so
that the increase proposed under this head
would be 1,700/. per annum.
We would, however, remark that these
Interpreters will be useful in many ways at
the Consulate-General when not afloat, and
would thus obviate any necessity for the
increase, suggested by Sir B. Frere, of the
number of Peons attached to the Consulate-
General.
The acquirements expected from the
First-class Interpreter would be—
Ability to speak, read, and write English,
Swaheli, and Arabic.
Second-class—To speak English, Swaheli,
and Arabic, and to read and write either
Arabic or Swaheli.
Third-class—To speak English, Swaheli,
and Arabic, and read Arabic.
From the information furnished by the
Admiralty as to the rates of pay now received
by Interpreters, and looking to the necessity
of obtaining a better class of men, we think
that the rates of pay proposed by Sir B.
Frere, are not excessive.
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This file is a report written by an Inter-Departmental Committee in response to recommendations made by Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere for the suppression of the East African Slave Trade after he had visited the region as a Special Envoy of the Foreign Office.

The report is divided into two parallel columns, one listing Sir Bartle Frere's recommendations and another giving the committee's observations and comments on them.

The committee was composed of William Henry Wylde of the Foreign Office, John Wiliams Kaye of the 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. , Robert Hall and J H Cole.

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1 file (4 folios)
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Condition: the file is contained within a bound volume that contains a number of other files.

Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at f 100, and terminates at f 103, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 5-134; these numbers are written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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