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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎70r] (7/50)

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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caught and sold almost immediately. They told me they were hurried on board the dhow
after having been kept a long time waiting at Zanzibar, and after a previous attempt had
been made to embark them ; that an English man-of-war had prevented it, but that this
ship had now left full of slaves, which had been taken from two dhows attempting to get
off (one of them at night, by her boats, under fire, in which two men were wounded).
12. A great blow has undoubtedly been struck this year against the Northern Arab
Slave Trade. If this tight rein is kept up, I believe these Northern Arabs will soon find it
to their interests to give up this disgraceful Traffic, and take to some more honest pursuits
for their livelihood.
I have, &c.
(Signed) H. S. DE KANTZOW.
No. 4.
Sir F. Rogers to Mr. Otway.—{Received July 14.)
Sir, Downing Street, July 13, 1869.
I AM directed by Earl Granville to transmit to you for the information of the Earl
of Clarendon, and with reference to your letter of the 5th ultimo, a copy of a despatch
from the Governor of Mauritius, forwarding a report from the Civil Commissioner of the
Seychelles, respecting the distribution of two ship-loads of captured slaves, recently landed
by Her Majesty's ships " Daphne" and "Nymphe," in those Islands.
Lord Clarendon will observe that the Governor desires that Her Majesty's Govern
ment may be able to make arrangements for the disposal of captured slaves elsewhere
than in Mauritius and Seychelles.
A copy of Sir H. Barkly's despatch has been sent to the Admiralty.
I am, &c.
Inclosure I in No. 4.
Sir H. Barkly to Earl Granville.
My Lord, Mauritius, May 31, 1869.
ADVERTING to my despatches, noted in the margin,* I have the honour to invite
your attention to the accompanying extract from a Report made to me by the Civil Com
missioner of Seychelles respecting the distribution of two ship-loads of captured slaves
recently landed by Her Majesty's ships " Daphne" and Nymphe," in those Dependencies.
2. It will be perceived that Mr. Ward again describes the difficulty of finding
suitable employment for these people, and expresses apprehensions as to large future
arrivals owing to the prosecution of the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa more
vigorously than ever.
3. There is, as I have previously stated, very little demand for the services of Africans
in Mauritius where Indian labour is greatly preferred for agricultural operations, and as
the transport of the former hither from Seychelles in hired vessels would put the Colony
to very considerable expense, I trust that it will be in the power of Her Majesty's
Government to make arrangements for their disposal elsewhere.
I have, &c.
* No. 68, April 2 ; No. 224, September 2, 1867.

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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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