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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎68r] (3/50)

The record is made up of 1 volume (25 folios). It was created in 29 Oct 1869. It was written in English and French. 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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Inclosure 1 in No. 2.
Commodore Sir L. Heath to the Secretary to the Admiralty.
"Forte," at Aden, June 7, 1869.
IN forwarding this Report, for their Lordships' information, and recommending the
officers therein named to their Lordships' consideration, I have to state that on inquiry for
the names of the coxswains of the cutters, I find that they are not men deserving, in other
respects, of advancement.
2. Mr. Clarke is a Sub-Lieutenant of more than three years' standing, and
Mr. Hodgson has been invalided on account of his wound.
I have, &c.
(Signed) L. G. HEATH.
Inclosure 2 in No. 2.
Commander Meara to Commodore Sir L. Heath.
Sir, " Nymphe" Seychelles, May 5, 1869.
I BEG to report to you that while lying at Zanzibar, information was sent to me by
Dr. Kirk, Acting Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and Consul, at MS, a.m ., on the 11th of April, 1869,
that a dhow had embarked slaves and was to sail immediately, and requested me to send a
boat to take her, as he had the Sultan's permission for so doing.
The two cutters were immediately dispatched in charge of Acting Lieutenant Clark,
Mr. T. Hodgson, Sub-Lieutenant, and Mr. T. Maxwell, Acting Sub-Lieutenant.
Half-an-hour after their leaving the ship, I heard quick firing of musketry. At
S'lS a.m . the second cutter returned, reporting the dhow captured, with, I regret to say,
the loss of one man, William Mitchell, A.B.; Mr. Thos. Hodgson, in charge of the second
cutter, severely wounded in the left wrist with a musket ball; and Acting Lieutenant
Clark, wounded in the leg with a spear.
The dhow was brought alongside at 4 a.m ., with 136 slaves on board.
The chief firing was opened on the boats from the shore, the dhow being only
20 yards off, with a stern line line to the shore; the crew jumped overboard after the boats
had boarded.
I cannot close this despatch without bringing before your favourable notice the
gallant conduct of Acting Lieutenant Clark, Mr. T. Hodgson, Sub-Lieutenant; and
Mr. T. Maxwell, Acting Sub-Lieutenant. Acting Lieutenant Clark has reported to me
the conduct of the men under him as being most exemplary.
I beg to inclose you his despatch.
I also beg to inclose you a copy of a letter from Dr. Kirk, the purport of a
communication received from His Highness the Sultan relative to the capture of the
I have, &c.
(Signed) E. S. MEARA.
Inclosure 3 in No. 2.
Acting Lieutenant Clark to Commander Meara.
gi rj il Nymphe" Zanzibar, April 16, 1869.
IN compliance with your orders relative to capturing a slave-dhow in Zanzibar
Harbour, 1 have the honour to report my proceedings as follows:—
I left the ship on the 11th April, 1869, at 1 o'clock, a m ., in charge of the two
cutters with Mr. Thomas T. Hodgson, Sub-Lieutenant, and Mr. Thomas E. Maxwell,
Acting Sub-Lieutenant.
On approaching the dhow, which was about twenty yards from the shore, secured by
a stern-line, I at once convinced myself that she was shipping slaves, and on boarding,
found she was full, the crew having jumped overboard with the exception of one man who
was in the bow, and he tried to cut the cable to allow the dhow to drift on the beach.
I gave orders for the cutters to take the dhow in tow, and before they had time to
do so, we received a volley of musketry from the beach, and the man (supposed to be the

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This file contains correspondence between British officials regarding their attempts to monitor and prohibit slave traffic on the East Coast of Africa. The correspondence dates from March 1869 to October 1869.

Of particular interest are the following folios:

  • Folio 71 - French Government boat registration papers that had been given to 'Arab Dhows' allowing them to travel under the French flag.
  • Folio 73 - A chart entitled 'Memorandum of Number of Slaves landed and liberated at Aden, and how disposed of'.
  • Folio 74 - A copy of the Slave Trade Jurisdiction (Zanzibar) Bill, May 1869.
  • Folios 89-91 - 'A Memorandum by Mr. Churchill [Henry Adrian Churchill, Britain's Agent in Zanzibar] respecting Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa'.
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1 volume (25 folios)

The file is arranged in rough chronological order, with the earliest correspondence at the beginning of the file and the latest at the end of the file.

Physical characteristics

Condition: contained within a bound volume that contains a number of other files.

Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at f 67, and terminates at f 91, 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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