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Brief Miscellaneous Letters, regarding the Slave Trade.



Admiralty
8 Feb 1841

Sir, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith a copy of a letter from the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs dated 6th inst. signifying the opinion of Viscount Palmerston that measures should be adopted to suppress the piratical Slave Trade Establishment on the Coast of Africa not belonging to any civilized powers and pointing out the course to be adopted in the Execution of this Service and my Lords desire you will give the necessary directions to the officers under your command for carrying same into effect. I am &c., Jno. Barrow

Captain Nurse, H.M.S. Iris, Sierra Leone.



Admiralty
22 Jul 1842

My Lord, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith for the information of the Earl of Aberdeen a copy of a letter of 27 Apr., No 54, and of its enclosures from Capt Foote of HMS Madagascar, stating the particulars of the destruction of three large slave factories at the Gallinas by Commander Blount, late of the Pluto. I am My Lord &c., Sydney Herbert

To : Viscount Canning,
Foreign Officer.


Capt Foote,
HMS Madagascar,
West Bay, Princes Island
27 Apr 1842

I have the honor to transmit to you for Their Lordships information the accompanying copy of a letter I have received from Command Hall of the Rolla, stating the particulars of the destruction of three large slave factories at the Gallinas by Commander Blount of HMS Pluto, who on all occasions has conducted the services entrusted to him with the greatest zeal and judgment. Cdr Blount mentions in the strongest terms the cool intrepid conduct of Mr Marriott [son of author and Captain RN of the same name], Mate of the Rolla, and adds that he strongly deserves the notice of Their Lordships.

I have the honor &c., Jn. Foote, Captain, Senior Officer

To: Sydney Herbert



Admiralty
10 Feb 1841

Sir, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to signify their direction to you to give orders to the Captains and Officers commanding Her Majesty's Ships and Vessels under your orders to abstain from capturing American vessels engaged in the Slave Trade. I am &c., Jno. Barrow

To Senior Officers,
H.M. ships and Vessels,
Sierra Leone.



Admiralty
25 May 1842

Sir, I am directed by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit you herewith the copy of a letter from the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs dated 18 May 1841, relative to the manner in which vessels hoisting American colours and suspected of being engaged in the Slave Trade are to be dealt with, and I am to signify their Lordships' direction to you to give Instructions to the Captains and Commanding Officers of the ships and vessels under your orders to conform to the wishes of Viscount Palmerston as therein expressed. I am &c., Jno. Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty.

Captain Nurse,
H.M.S. Iris,
Sierra Leone.



16 Apr 1842
HMS Madagascar, off West Bay, Prince's Island,

Captain Foote wrote to the Admiralty advising them that he had received a letter from Cdr Blount of the Pluto, of 16 Mar., informing him that the Governor of Bissao and Cacheo had informed him that he had received directions from his Government not to allow any foreign vessels e.g. British merchant vessels, to ascend the rivers Jeba and Cacheo, thus, it was presumed, the Portuguese permitting the slave trade to carry on their business more secretly!



7 May 1842 at sea in lat 10 39 S ; long 12 42 E., Capt Adams wrote to the Admiralty direct advising Their Lordships that the Vice Admiralty Court at St Helena had initially appeared to approve the condemnation of two large launches laden with goods for the slave trade taken in the River Congo, but after the Captain of the Acorn departed the Court Room had apparently changed his mind and refused to condemn the vessels since they didn't contain slaves. This letter was forwarded to the Foreign Office for the attention of the Earl of Aberdeen. See p 126 FO 84-440 Admiralty Letters 1842 July-Aug., downloadable for free from the National Archives.



Admiralty
21 Jul 1842

My Lord, Having Laid before My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty your letter of the 20th inst. enclosing a copy of the Treaty between Great Britain and Portugal on Slave Trade, signed at Lisbon on 3rd inst., and requesting the opinion of their Lordships, whether under the stipulations of the 6th Article it would not be desirable to establish a Court of Mixed Commission at the Cape of Good Hope to try Portuguese slave vessels captured to the South West and to the East of the Coast of Africa, also that two Commissioners should be established on on the part of Her Majesty on the Coast of America ; one perhaps at the Bahama Islands and the other perhaps at the Falkland Islands ; I am commanded by their Lordships to state for the information of the Earl of Aberdeen that my Lords Sierra Leone and the Cape of Good Hope to be advantageous situations for the establishment of Mixed Commissions in British Territories, on the Coast of Africa, and they would recommend Nassau and Trinidad on the Coast of America ; the Falkland Islands mentioned by Your Lordship being liable to severe storms and to extreme cold, might be very destructive to the Negroes carried there, and as yet there are scarcely houses on the Islands. I am My Lord &c., Sydney Herbert, First Secretary of the Admiralty

To : Viscount Canning, Foreign Office.



Admiralty
22 Jul 1842

My Lord, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith for the information of the Earl of Aberdeen a copy of a letter of 27 Apr 1842, No 54, and its enclosure from Capt Foote of HMS Madagascar stating the particulars of the destruction of three large slave factories at the Gallinas by Cdr Blount, late of the steam vessel Pluto. For full details see p 83 of FO 84-440 Admiralty Letters 1842 July-Aug ; a free download from the National Archives. I am My Lord &c., Sydney Herbert

To: Lord Canning, Foreign Office.



Admiralty
22 Jul 1842

My Lord, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith for the information of the Earl of Aberdeen a copy of a letter of 2 Apr 1842, last, No 40, and of its enclosure from Capt Foote of HMS Madagascar relative to the disposal of some Negroes, who were landed in the boat of a Brazilian slave vessel near the Dutch Fort of Axim on the Gold Coast. I am My Lord &c., Sydney Herbert

To: Viscount Canning, Foreign Office.



HMS Madagascar
22 Jul 1842

My Lord, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith for the information of the Earl of Aberdeen a copy of a letter of 2 Apr 1842, last, No 40, and of its enclosure from Capt Foote of HMS Madagascar relative to the disposal of some Negroes, who were landed in the boat of a Brazilian slave vessel near the Dutch Fort of Axim on the Gold Coast.

I am My Lord &c., Sydney Herbert

To: Viscount Canning, Foreign Office.



Admiralty
28 Jul 1842

My Lord, In return to your letter of yesterday's date, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to acquaint you for the information of the Earl of Aberdeen that the instructions to the Commanders of HM cruisers on the Coast of Africa, relative to the destruction of the slave factories were sent, the original on the 7 Jun., and the duplicate on the 18 Jun., addressed to the Senior Officer on that Coast, thru' the Post Office, and that they will both most probably have been received this month. I am My Lord &c. Sydney Herbert

To: Viscount Canning, Foreign Office.



Admiralty,
5 Nov 1842

Sir, with reference to your letter of 27th ultimo relative to the suggestion that HM G'ment should purchase from the West Africa Company their establishment and property rights in the Island of Fernando Po (FP), I am commanded by their Lordships to request you will be pleased to inform the Earl of Aberdeen that although an establishment on the Island of FP would be advantageous to ships employed on the Coast of Africa for the suppression of the Slave Trade, yet their Lordships are of opinion that the expense of maintaining an establishment &c., if to be borne by the Naval Department and of a force to be kept there for its protection, would be more than counterbalance any advantage it possesses as a depot for the occasional benefit of the cruizers. I am &c....Jno Barrow.

To: The Foreign Office, Addington Esq.



Admiralty,
8 Nov 1842

Sir, Having laid before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty your letter of the 3rd inst., stating the wish of the Earl of Aberdeen to appoint a Commission to draw up a Code of Instructions for the guidance of HM Naval Officers for the execution of the ???? required by the Provisions of Law and Treaty for the Abolition of the African Slave Trade, and suggesting my Lords should appoint two officers, one judicial and one Naval, the latter being an officer of rank and practical experience in matters of the Slave Trade to meet the two persons named by Lord Aberdeen to form a joint commission, I am commanded to acquaint you for Lord Aberdeen's information that my Lords will select two persons for the purpose as his Lordship has suggested. I am &c....Jno Barrow.

To: The Foreign Office, Addington Esq.





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