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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎88v] (44/50)

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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Admiralty Court at Zanzibar, I am directed by the Earl of Clarendon to inclose, for your
information and guidance, an extract of a Report from Mr. Rothery, the Legal Adviser to
the Treasury on Slave Trade matters,* relating to questions affecting your rights of
jurisdiction in cases of this nature.
I am also to inclose a copy of the Act of Parliament passed last session, to which
reference is made in the accompanying Report; and in calling your particular attention to
Mr. Rothery's remarks regarding your power of jurisdiction, I am to instruct you to he
very careful in dealing with Slave Trade cases, to guide your proceedings by the Order in
Council and the recent Act of Parliament, and to be certain that they come within the
limits therein defined.
I am, &c.
No. 25.
Mr. Hamilton to Mr. Hammond.—{Received October 22.)
Sir, Treasury Chambers, October 21, 1869.
I AM directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to transmit to
you herewith, for the information of the Secretary of State, with reference to your letter
of the 4th instant, copy of Report from Mr. Rothery respecting the additional Slave
Trade Instructions issued to naval officers by the Admiralty; and my Lords request that
they may be informed, before communicating with the Admiralty, whether Mr. Rothery is
correct in his impression with regard to the 388th Article of the Instructions.
1 am, &c.
(Signed) GEO. A. HAMILTON.
Inclosure in No. 25.
To the Right Hon. the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury.
May it please your Lordships,
IN obedience to your Lordships' commands I have perused and considered the
documents herewith returned, consisting of a letter from Vernon Lushington, Esq., the
Secretary to the Admiralty, dated the 14th instant, transmitting for your Lordship's
consideration a copy of the additional instructions which have been prepared for the
guidance of naval officers employed in the suppression of the Slave Trade, and which
Mr. Lushington states the Lords of the Admiralty have proposed to Lord Clarendon to
issue at once, without waiting for the Report of the Commission which has been
nominated to inquire into the subject more at large.
And I have the honour to report to your Lordships that, having carefully perused the
accompanying instructions, 1 am of opinion that they are well adapted to meet the evils
referred to, and which appear to have become but too common on the East Coast of
Africa. I have made a few trifling corrections in the margin for their Lordships'
consideration. The statute referred to near the bottom of the first page is, no doubt
a misprint for the 2 and 3 Vict., cap. 73, sec. 4. On the second page also there is a
reference to the 388th Article of the Instructions. I have, however, an impression that
some agreement has been recently made with the Sultan of Zanzibar, by which he has
waived the right which was reserved to his subjects of transporting slaves within the
prescribed limits. Whether this be so or not will probably be known at the Foreign
Office; and it might be well to make the inquiry before issuing the instructions With
these trifling alterations I venture to think that it would be well to issue the instructions
at once, without waiting for the Report of the Commission that has been nominated to
inquire into the subject.
All which is most humbly submitted to your Lordships' wisdom.
r> * > n ^ 7 ™ (Signed) H. C. ROTHERY.
Doctors Commons, October 20, 1869.
* See Inclosure in No. 10.

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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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