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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎72r] (11/50)

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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Their Lordships will, no doubt, concur with Lord Clarendon in opinion that this state
of things is unsatisfactory, and should not be allowed to continue ; and with the view to
consider, whether it is not possible to provide a remedy, his Lordship would propose that
the Reports which have been received from the East Coast of Africa, and the instructions
under which the Commanders of Her Majesty's cruizers are acting, should be referred
for the consideration of a Commission composed of three or four competent persons
whose knowledge of the state of things on the East Coast may enable them to suggest
a remedy.
^ Lord Clarendon would consider the present moment an opportune one for dealing
with this matter, inasmuch as his Lordship hopes shortly to be able to make certain
proposals to the Sultan of Zanzibar for the more effectual abolition of the traffic in slaves
from his dominions, and he would wish to assure the Sultan that legitimate traders will
not be interfered with; and, moreover, Mr. Churchill, Her Majesty's Consul and Political
Agent at Zanzibar, is now in England on leave of absence, and his intimate knowledge of
the state of things on the coast could not fail to be most valuable.
If their Lordships should concur in this proposal. Lord Clarendon would suggest that
Mr. Churchill, and Mr. Rothery, the Registrar of the High Court of Admiralty, and Legal
Adviser of the Treasury on Slave Trade matters, should be members of the Commission,
and should meet any officer whom their Lordships might think fit to select, who, from
having recently served on the East Coast, may be enabled to bring his experience to bear
upon the subject.
I am, &c.
No. 6.
The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Otway.—(Received July 26.)
Sir". Admiralty, July 24, 1869.
I HAVE received and laid before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, your
letter of 21st instant, with copies of despatches from the Acting British Consul and Political
Agent at Zanzibar, relative to the proceedings in the Vice-Admiralty Court in that island,
in the cases of two dhows captured and destroyed by Her Majesty's cruizers on the East
Coast of Africa; in one of which cases, that of a vessel belonging to the Governor of
Nombas, destroyed by Her Majesty's ship " Nymphe,'' judgment had been given against
the captors.
2. My Lords desire me to request that you will inform the Earl of Clarendon that
they concur in the proposal to appoint a Commission to inquire into the system pursued
by Her Majesty's cruizers in dealing with vessels suspected of being engaged in Slave
Trade on the East Coast of Africa, and to consider the Reports which have been receivedi
and the instructions under which the Commanding Officers of Her Majesty's cruizers are
3. Their Lordships have selected Captain Henry Fairfax, R.N., who served for three
years on the coast in Her Majesty's ship " Ariel," to act as a member of the proposed
Commission; and they have forwarded a copy of your letter and its inclosures to Commodore
Sir Leopold Heath, desiring him to furnish specific information and explanation on the
points raised therein.
T am, &c.
P.S.—It is requested that intimation may be made of the time when Captain Fairfax
will be required to attend at the Foreign Office.

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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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