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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎74v] (16/50)

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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captors in respect of vessels and slaves condemned by the Consul at Zanzibar, whether
before or after the passing of this Act. j ,,
IV. To extend to the decrees of the Consul at Zanzibar in slave trade cases the same
right of appeal to Her Majesty in Council, which is now allowed by law from the decrees
of any Vice-Admiralty Court within Her Majesty's dominions. , . , .
V. To confirm the past decisions of the Consul in such cases, subject to the right ot
appeaLj ^ ralJ to ex tend, so far as may be necessary, to cases brought for adjudi
cation before the Consul at Zanzibar, the procedure which prevails in the Vice-Admiralty
C0Ur The prevalence of the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa, especially in the
neighbourhood of Zanzibar and other parts of the Sultan's territories, and the fact that
within the last six months of the year 1868 no less than 27 slave vessels have been
condemned by the British Consul at Zanzibar, in exercise of the powers conferred upon
him by the Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). , suffice to show that an Act to the above effect is not
unnecessary. ., ,, it • ^ 4.1,
It will also, if passed in the present session, effect a considerable public saving, lor the
captors being unable, under the existing statutes, to obtain an award of the bounties on a
condemnation by the Consul at Zanzibar, will no doubt institute fresh proceedings in the
High Court of Admiralty, which has concurrent jurisdiction in such cases, for the condem
nation of their prizes; and the costs of these proceedings, averaging probably about 30/.
in each case, will, where the bounties do not exceed 1,000/., have to be defrayed at the
oublic expense, in accordance with the usual practice in such cases.
(Signed) H. C. ROTHERY.
May 1869.
No. 8.
Mr. Kirk to the Earl of Clarendon.—(Received August 30.)
(No. 21.)
My Lord, Zanzibar, June 2S, \869.
I HEREWITH inclose the proceedings in the Vice-Admiralty Court here in the case
of a dhow having 52 slaves on board, which was taken by Her Majesty's ship " Daphne,"
under the command of Commander Sulivan.
I have, &c.
(Signed) JOHN KIRK.
Inclosure 1 in No. 8.
Decree of the Vice-Admiralty Court at Zanzibar.
Her Majesty's ship "Daphne" v. an Arab Dhow, name unknown.
In the Instance Court of Vice-Admiralty of Zanzibar.
IN the matter of Her Majesty's ship " Daphne " v. an Arab dhow, name unknown,
before John Kirk, Esq., 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. , Judge of the said Court, on the 28th day
of June, 1869, Commander George Lydiard Sulivan, Lieutenant George Moncrieff Loch,
Navigating Lieutenant George White, and Mr. William Henry Tozer, Acting Carpenter
3rd Class, of Her Majesty's ship " Daphne," personally appeared and produced before the
said Judge the declarations hereunto annexed, and which set out the circumstances under
which the dhow, name unknown, of the following dimensions, viz., length 65 feet, breadth
19 feet, girth 38 feet; poop, length 21 feet, breadth 18 feet, height 5 feet; of i08 , 65 tons;
with a crew of twelve persons, besides five passengers and 18 men, 17 women, and 17
children, slaves (total 52 slaves), on board, was captured on the 16th day of May, 1869,
by the said Her Majesty's ship " Daphne," being in latitude 13° 21' north, and longitude
53° 16' east, and after examining the said officers concerning the said declaration, and the
said officers having prayed that the said Court should proceed to adjudicate in this matter,
and whereas it appears to the said Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court, that there is
sufficient proof that the said Arab dhow, name unknown, of the dimensions hereinbefore
certified, was actually engaged in the Slave Trade, and was, therefore, a lawful prize to

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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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