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Return of Prize Money paid 1807-1846 to Captors of Vessels involved in the Slave Trade Distinguishing the Sums paid as Head Money, or Bounty for Slaves taken, Bounty per Ton Register of Ships taken, and as Captors' Shares of the Proceeds of Ships and Property condemned.

Return of all sums of money paid in each year since 1807 to Captors of Vessels condemned for Violation of the Laws and Treaties prohibiting the Slave Trade ; distinguishing the Sums paid as Head Money, or Bounty for Slaves taken, Bounty per Ton Register of Ships taken, and as Captors' Shares of the Proceeds of Ships and Property condemned.

The Year when Paid. Amount of Head Money, or Bounty paid for slaves taken. Amount of Tonnage Bounty paid for ships taken. Proceeds of ships and property condemned, paid from the High Court of Admiralty to the Captors.
In the Year . s. d. . s. d. . s. d.
1807 - - - nil -

No Tonnage Bounty became payable until the Act of the 1st & 2nd Vict. c. 47, which passed the Legislature the 27th day of July 1838.

During the war, which continued until the year 1815, the Captors had a right to the whole of the proceeds of the prize property seized and condemned, and they possessed themselves, by their agents, of the amount thereof, under each respective condemnation.

The Courts of Vice-Admiralty, and particularly that established at Sierra Leone, for many subsequent years after 1815, continued the same form of condemnation for foreign Slave Vessels ; and it was not until Treaties and Conventions were entered into with Foreign Powers, and Mixed Commissions appointed to adjudicate thereon, that the proceeds of these captures became cognixable by the Treasury, and then only in consequence of one moiety of the proceeds thereof belonging of right to the Crown ; the Crowns proportion, however, by the 1st and 2nd of Geo. 4, c. 61, and the 5th of Geo. 4, c. 113, which passed the Legislature on the 24th of June 1824, was granted to the Captors.

1808 - - - nil -
1809 - - - nil -
1810 - - 17,090 0 0
1811 - - 35,556 0 0
1812 - - 36,620 0 0
1813 - - 17,280 0 0
1814 - - 27,995 6 8
1815 - - 17,948 0 0
1816 - - 12,269 0 0
1817 - - 26,325 0 0
1818 - - 25,705 16 8
1819 - - 120,147 0 0
1820 - - 4,280 0 0
1821 - - 21,667 0 0
1822 - - 24,270 0 0
1823 - - 19,754 0 0   1,322 19 1     
1824 - - 15,507 0 0   698 15 5
1825 - - 31,702 0 0   434 14 2
1826 - - 35,139 10 0

No Bounty was paid by the Treasury until the year 1839, and the following is the Amount paid during that year, and the Amount paid in each subsequent year.

969 11 3
1827 - - 53,456 10 0 4,725 15 3
1828 - - 34,497 10 0 2,773 3 11
1829 - - 51,437 10 0 5,059 2 4
1830 - - 79,675 0 0 4,247 6 2
1831 - - 24,940 0 0 2479 9 11
1832 - - 14,870 0 0 2,825 8 0
1833 - - 15,392 10 0 2,514 15 1
1834 - - 16,599 0 6 1 ,351 3 3
1835 - - 38,135 18 4 2,811 6 2
1836 - - 27,232 14 0 4,548 12 3
1837 - - 41,276 18 4 3,291 0 6
1838 - - 20,784 13 0 804 2 4
1839 - - 34,912 12 1 2,833 2 11 8,050 13 9
1840 - - 11,246 4 6 18,522 13 8 13,068 3 9
1841 - - 25,744 10 2 30,931 14 4 9,865 2 3
1842 - - 6,693 3 6 17,394 0 1 29,1189 12 7
1843 - - 26,360 0 0 28,910 0 0 7.750 4 9
1844 - - 14,233 13 9 22,019 5 0 4,957 11 1
18.15 - - 24,527 10 0 29,736 10 0 10,760 13 6
1846 - 10,590 0 0 20,697 0 0 2,802 2 4
1,061,861 11 6 171,044 6 0 127,491 9 10

Source : 1847 Jan-Jul Slave Trade - Accounts & Papers Vol 67 (Parliamentary Papers) available in Google Books

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