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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎90v] (48/50)

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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W 5 'si Th !i ViCe ' Admiralty Court at Zanzibar
has already, as it is, increased in a consider
able measure the work of the Political
Agent and his small staff, and the new mea-
sures proposed will increase it still more.
Suggestions.
Zanzibar they could be easily disposed of
there.
The children might be handed over to the
Christian Missions, Catholic as well as Pro
testant, to instruct and educate them, while
the adults might be either farmed out as
they are at the Mauritius, to the Europeans,
Hindus, and nations, or they might be
handed over to the Sultan. I should prefer
the former mode, and the inhabitants of
Zanzibar would view this step with great
gratification. They are in want or labour
and they would have free labour at their
disposal instead of slave labour; by this
m eans the Kutchus under British protection
and Captain Fraser will be on almost the
same footing as the natives, which thev are
not at present, as they can procure" free
labour nowhere, and are obliged to emplov
slaves, although they do not possess their
slaves as such.
Indeed, I thmk that the bringing back of
all slaves captured on the high seas to
Zanzibar, the great slave-market of the
East Coast of Africa, will have the effect of
over-stocking the market, as it were, and of
decreasing the trade; for no one will buy a
slave if he can get free labour as cheap and
as good. r
^ Measures will have to be taken for the
due registry of all captured slaves found at
Zanzibar, and printed certificates of freedom
will have to be returned.
An officer should be appointed for that
Agent 86 ^ the COntr01 0f the Political
All captures made to the south of the
Equator could easily be brought to Zanzibar.
Ihose made m the neighbourhood of Sokotra
might be disposed of otherwise. A tele-
graph statioii is, if lam well informed, to be
established m an island in the neighbourhood
if , hy could not slaves be
landed there until such time as it maybe
convenient to send them to Zanzibar or
elsewhere ?
The officer appointed as Registrar should
be instructed to place his services as an
assistant at the Vice-Admiralty Conrt at the
disposal of the 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.
The 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. should'be furnished
with printed forms of Decrees for the
plaintiffs and defendants with blank spaces
parties ^ PriJ l T™* intere sted
S?' ? i" 8 of ^'ificates re
quired, and receipts for slaves, stores, &c
s "™' arth °f e used in the Colonies.
The Vice-Admiralty Courts in the Indian
thre^ent of t b likeWi8e enIi S hten cd as to
me extent of their powers m awarding
gSm 0 ' Asiti ^eyfiave nothing to S

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Content

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)
Arrangement

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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