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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎68v] (4/50)

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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captain of the dhow) that remained in the dhow for some time and trying to cut the cable.
I attempted to cut him down, but only succeeded in striking him on the arm, but he
wounded me with a spear in the leg, and then jumped overboard.
I returned the fire with Sneider rifles, and the firing was kept up with great rapidity
on both sides.
After the Arabs ceased firing, I took the dhow in tow with one cutter, sending the
other one on board with Mr. T. Hodgson, Sub-Lieutenant, wounded in the wrist with a
ball, and W. Mitchell in the thigh, who I am sorry to say died shortly after he was
brought on board. Their firing at times seemed to be too high, as I had a bullet pass
through my cap, and several of the men had bullets through their upper clothing.
Shortly after 3 a.m ., 1 arrived on board with the dhow and 136 slaves.
The darkness of the night greatly favoured the Arabs, as they had a clear view of
the dhow and boats against the horizon, and the Sneider rifles at so short a distance are
likely to throw high.
I estimated the number of Arabs with fire-arms to be between thirty and forty, but
there were a considerable number with spears, swords, &c.
I beg to recommend to your notice the steady and gallant manner in which
Mr. T. T. Hodgson, Sub-Lieutenant, Mr. T. Maxwell, Acting Sub-Lieutenant, the
coxswains and crews of the two cutters, behaved, whilst under a heavy fire from a superior
I have, &c.
(Signed) N. L. H. CLARK.
Inclosure 4 in No. 2.
Dr. Kirk to Commander Meara.
Sir, Zanzibar, April 11, 1869.
IT is with the greatest pleasure that I now report to you the purport of a
communication received by me this day from His Highness the Sultan, in reply to my
intimation of what happened last night, in the capture of a slave-dhow, in His Highness'
Harbour of Zanzibar.
1. His Highness entirely approves of your proceedings, commends the gallantry of
your men, and condoles with you on the loss of one of your seamen, and the wounding of
your officers.
2. He places the dhow and slaves at your disposal, through me.
3. He desires that the slaves may be sent on shore in gangs of fifteen at a time,
each gang to be returned before another comes on shore,—and this, for the purpose of
ascertaining from each slave where, and by whom he was sold, that all engaged in this
transaction may be punished.
I have further to inform you, that I have found in the correspondence taken in the
dhow, evidence to implicate many people in the Slave Trade ; and also letters of a seditious
nature, which have already led to the arrest and imprisonment of their authors.
I have, &c.
(Signed) JOHN KIRK.
No. 3.
The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Otway.—(Received July 6.)
Admiralty, July 5, 1869.
I AM commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you,
herewith, for the information of the Earl of Clarendon, copy of a letter from Commander
De Kantzow. Her Majesty's ship " Star," dated the 9th of June, reporting generally on
the Slave r l rade on the East Coast of Africa, and his proceedings for its suppression ; also
copy of another letter from the same ofiicer, dated the 9th of June, stating that the
" Star " had captured off Cape Guardafui, an Arab dhow with 236 slaves on board, on
the 26th of May, bound to Muscat.
I am, &c.

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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'.
Extent and format
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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