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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎88r] (43/50)

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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1869, be made in the supply of interpreters, together with the personal liability of the
captors for damages in cases of illegal destruction of vessels, are sufficient elements of
protection to honest traders, and that any further restriction on the proceedings of our
cruizers will diminish their efficiency as suppressors of the Slave Trade.
] 3. Their Lordships are aware of my opinion that we are even now doing but little
good, and that, to succeed, we must put forth far more strength and energy, and that the
most efficient step that England could take in this matter would be the purchase of
the sovereignty of Zanzibar; whilst the very least that should be done is the forbidding of
all further exports of slaves from Africa to Zanzibar or its dependencies—except in certain
fixed and limited numbers, and for a limited period under the personal responsibility
of the Sultan. So long as the domestic trade is unlimited, so long will foreign trade
14. I shall soon be at Suez, within a week's post from England, and I shall be most
happy to answer any specific questions which the Committee about to sit upon this subject
may wish to put to me.
I have, &c.
(Signed) L. G. HEATH.
No. 22.
Dr. Kirk to the Earl of Clarendon.—{Received October 16.)
(No. .)
My Lord, Zanzibar, August 7, 1869.
I HAVE the honour to inclose a copy of my decision in the case of the officers of
Her Majesty's ship " Nymphe'' v. two Arab dhows which were condemned by me as
Judge in the Vice-Admiralty Court here, on the ground that they were engaged in the
Slave Trade.
It is much to be regretted, however, that the dhows themselves were destroyed
previous to adjudication.
I have, &c.
(Signed) JOHN KIRK.
No. 23.
Mr. Otway to the Secretary to the Admiralty.
Sir, Foreign Office, October 19, 1869.
I HAVE laid before the Earl of Clarendon your letter of the 12th instant, inclosing
a report from Commodore Sir L. Heath upon the system pursued by Her Majesty's
cruizers on the East Coast of Africa in dealing with captured slavers, and suggesting that
the Instructions which their Lordships have recently framed upon this subject should,
under the circumstances, be at once communicated to Her Majesty's naval officers, without
waiting for the opinion of the proposed Commission.
In reply, I am to request that you will inform the Lords of the Admiralty that in
view of the evident need of immediate steps being taken to put a stop to the irregularities
which have been brought to the notice of Her Majesty's Government, Lord Clarendon
concurs with their Lordships in thinking that the amended instructions should be
despatched at once, and that the question of the best places for landing the liberated
slaves, and any other points requiring further consideration, may be left for future
I am, &c.
No. 24.
Mr. Otway to Dr. Kirk.
(No. 8.)
gj rj Foreign Office, October 22, 1869.
' "WITH reference to your despatch No. 11 of the 16th of April, respecting the case of
ten Arab dhows captured by Her Majesty's ship " Nymphe," and condemned in the Vice-

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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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