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for our information and guidance, that Instructions under the Treaty with The Netherlands, for the prevention of the Slave Trade, had been furnished to His Majesty's Ships "Isis," "Maidstone," "Eden," and "Surinam," and that the Instructions which had been issued to His Majesty's Ships "Gloucester" and "Cyrene," had been recalled and cancelled. A Minute has been made of this information. I have the honour to be, &c.,

The Right Hon. George Canning.

E. GREGORY.

No. 59.-Edward Gregory, Esq. to Mr. Sec". Canning.-(Rec. Nov. 11.)
SIR,
Sierra Leone, August 31, 1824.
His Majesty's Commissioners were honoured, on the 19th instant,
with your Despatches, dated 28th and 30th of May last.

The first Despatch acquainted the Commissioners that His Majesty's Ship Thetis, of forty-six guns, commanded by Captain Sir John Philli more, had been furnished with the Instructions annexed to the Treaty of the 4th of May, 1818, between His Majesty and the King of The Netherlands, for the prevention of the Traffick in Slaves.

The second Despatch informed the Commissioners, that Instructions under the same Treaty had been issued to His Majesty's Ships "Gloucester," "Owen Glendower," "Ariadne," " Victor," and "Swinger." And that the Instructions had been recalled and cancelled which had been issued to His Majesty's Ships "Iphigenia," "Sybille," Tamar," "Tees," "Tyne, "Thistle," and "Snapper."

A Minute will be made of these Communications.
I have the honour to be, &c.,

The Right Hon. George Canning.

E. GREGORY.

No. 60.—Mr. Sec. Canning to His Majesty's Commissioners. GENTLEMEN, Foreign Office, January 24, 1825. I TRANSMIT to you, for your information, the Copy of a Note which the Count de Reede, one of the Ministers of The King of The Netherlands, addressed on the 10th instant to His Majesty's Ambassador at that Court, acquainting him, for the information of His Majesty's Government, that M. E. P. G. Bonnouvrié, the Arbitrator in the Joint Court at Sierra Leone, has been appointed to the Office of Judge in that Court, in the room of the late M. J. A. de Marrée.*

His Majesty's Commissioners.

I am, &c.,

GEORGE CANNING.

No. 61.-Mr. Secretary Canning to His Majesty's Commissioners. GENTLEMEN, Foreign Office, February 28, 1825.

I SEND to you, for your information, and that of the other Gentlemen forming the Board of which you are Commissioners, the accompanying Copy of a Letter from the Secretary to the Admiralty, giving

* See Class B.

an account of Ships and Vessels in His Majesty's Navy, which have been furnished with the Instructions for Cruizers, referred to in the Treaty for the prevention of Slave Trade, concluded between His Majesty and The King of The Netherlands on the 4th of May, 1818.

His Majesty's Commissioners.

SIR,

I am, &c.,

GEORGE CANNING.

(Enclosure.)-John Barrow, Esq. to Joseph Planta, Jun. Esq. Admiralty Office, February 17, 1825. WITH reference to the Treaty with The Netherlands for the prevention of the Slave Trade, I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, to request you will acquaint Mr. Secretary Canning, for communication to the Dutch Government, that the Instructions referred to in the said Treaty have been issued to the following Ships and Vessels of His Majesty's Navy, viz. :

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And that the Instructions which had been issued to His Majesty's Ships Isis, Owen Glendower, Thetis, Eden, Driver, and Surinam, have been recalled and cancelled.

Joseph Planta, Jun. Esq.

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I am, &c.,

JOHN BARROW.

No. 62.-Mr. Sec". Canning to His Majesty's Commissioners. GENTLEMEN,

Foreign Office, April 4, 1825.

I HEREWITH send to you, for your information, the Copy of a Despatch from His Majesty's Commissary Judge at Surinam, dated the 6th of February, 1824, containing observations on the state of The Netherlands' Laws, as affecting the Captors of Vessels trading illegally in Slaves.

This Paper was forwarded to His Majesty's Ambassador at The Hague, with Instructions to urge the Government of The Netherlands to promulgate some regulations, more favourable than those in force, to the capturing Vessel.

The King of The Netherlands has issued, under date of the 14th instant, a Decree to the effect recommended; and I have the satisfaction to send to you, for your information, and that of the other Gentlemen forming your Commission, a Copy of the Despatch, dated the 25th ultimo, from His Majesty's Acting Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of The Netherlands, and of its Enclosure, in which the purport of this Decree is recorded. I am, &c., His Majesty's Commissioners.

GEORGE CANNING.

HAVANNAH.

No. 63.-Mr. Secretary Canning to His Majesty's Commissioners. GENTLEMEN, Foreign Office, February 24, 1824.

I HAVE to desire that you will use your endeavours to collect and transmit to me, for the information of His Majesty's Government, the best statements which it may be in your power to obtain, as to the practice respecting the Manumission and free labour of Slaves, which is described, in the enclosed Memorandum, to exist in the Island of Cuba. I am, &c.,

His Majesty's Commissioners.

GEORGE CANNING.

(Enclosure.)-Memorandum relative to Slaves in the Island of Cuba. Ir is stated, that in the Island of Cuba there exists the following System in favour of Slaves.

That Slaves are generally appraised at 400 dollars; that a Slave paying down the fourth part of his value, or 100 dollars, immediately acquires the right to be coartados, that is, that he can work out, paying his Master three reals de vellon, or bits, a day, until he can make a further deposit; or if the Master requires his service, he can oblige the man to work for him, paying the Slave one real; thus a deposit of 200 dollars gives the Slave a right to two reals daily, of 300 to three reals, and thus to completion of the payment of the whole sum in which he had been appraised. The dollar is worth only eight reals or bits.

No. 64.-His Majesty's Comm. to Mr. Sec". Canning.-(Rec. Mar. 20.)
SIR,
Havannah, February, 18, 1824.

I HAVE the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatches of the 6th and 17th November, 1823 ;* and I shall not fail to pay all due attention to the Instructions therein contained, in any Case on which occasion may arise for their application.

I have the honour to be, &c.,

The Right Hon. George Canning.

H. T. KILBEE.

No. 65.-H. T. Kilbee, Esq. to Mr. Sec. Canning.-(Rec. May 14.)
SIR,
Havannah, February 29, 1824.
On the 17th Instant, the French Brig Victor, A. P. Guillon, Master,
entered this Port in Ballast, from the Danish Island of St. Thomas,

* See Class B, Session 1824, Nos. 9 and 11.

having previously touched at Matanzas; and on the 21st the French Brig Agile, also in Ballast, arrived from St. Thomas' on the Coast of Africa.

Conceiving both these to be suspicious Cases, I took an opportunity of mentioning them to the Governor. I stated to His Excellency, that it was of peculiar importance at the present moment that they should undergo a strict investigation, as, if they were allowed to escape with impunity, little doubt could be entertained that the French would speedily renew the illicit Slave Trade, which it was notorious they had carried on to a great extent with this Island, previous to the late rupture between France and Spain.

His Excellency replied that these Cases had not escaped his observation, and that upon inquiry he had been informed that the Victor had been sent here without a cargo, for the purpose of being sold :— with respect to the Agile, he admitted that to be a suspicious Case, but said that the Captain of the Port had reported to him that her Papers were correct, and that no circumstance had come to light, which could justify a well-grounded presumption that she had been engaged in illicit Slave Trade. His Excellency promised to give orders that all French Vessels which should hereafter arrive under similar circumstances should undergo a strict examination. I have the honour to be, &c.,

The Right Hon. George Canning.

H. T. KILBEE.

No. 66.-Mr. Secretary Canning to His Majesty's Commissioners. GENTLEMEN, Foreign Office, June 19, 1824. I HEREWITH transmit to you, for your information, Six Copies of Papers marked A. and B. relative to the Slave Trade, which have been presented to both Houses of Parliament, by His Majesty's Command, in the course of the present Session.

His Majesty's Commissioners.

I am, &c.,

GEORGE CANNING.

No. 67.-H. T. Kilbee, Esq. to Mr. Secretary Canning.-(Rec. June 21.)
SIR,
Havannah, April 20, 1824.

THE Spanish Schooner Brig Orestes, Don Domingo Zurbano, Master, entered this Port in ballast, from St. Thomas' on the Coast of Africa, on the 6th Instant.

This Vessel has been the subject of very general conversation here for some time, in consequence of a report in circulation that she had been captured by a British Ship of War. Her arrival, therefore, caused considerable sensation and very general satisfaction among the friends of illicit Slave Trade.

The very evening of the day upon which the Orestes arrived, I waited upon the Captain General, and apprized him of all the circumstances

of the Case that had reached my knowledge, dwelling particularly upon the notoriety of her having been engaged in the Slave Trade, and of the Report which had been in circulation, of her Capture by an English Cruiser; and, I added, that unless some Proceedings were instituted by the Government in this most notorious Case, I was much afraid that the illicit Slave Trade carried on with this Island would considerably increase, as little or no apprehension could henceforward be entertained by those engaged in it, of the infliction of any punishment by their own Government for their open violation of Law and Treaty.

The Captain General replied, that, in all the Cases to which I had called his attention, he had uniformly directed the Captain of the Port to inform him whether any suspicious circumstances had come to light, from which a proof could be afforded, that the Vessels had been engaged in the Slave Trade; but that the latter had always reported, that the Ship's Papers were correct, that no gratings or implements, such as are usually used in Slave Ships, had been found on board; and that the Captains and Crews, to a man, declared that they had been engaged in lawful Commerce on the Coast of Africa. His Excellency did not profess to be satisfied with these assertions, but he expressed his conviction, that the undertaking a prosecution without bringing it to a successful conclusion (of which, in the present state of things, little hope could be entertained) would unavoidably tend to the increase of the evil of which I complained. He promised, however, to inquire into the Case.

Upon a subsequent occasion, His Excellency informed me that the same Report had been made to him respecting the Orestes, as upon all the other Cases which I had submitted to his attention.

I regret to have to inform you that, on the 14th instant, the Brig Conquistador, Don Nicholas Escala, Master, and the Schooners Nicanor and Ninfa Habanera, Don Domingo Acue and Don Francisco Loureiro, Masters, sailed from hence for the Coast of Africa.

I have the honour to be, &c.,

The Right Hon. George Canning.

H. T. KILBEE.

No. 68.-H. T. Kilbee, Esq. to Mr. Sec". Canning.-(Rec. June 25.)
SIR,
Havannah, May 11, 1824.

I HAVE the honour to acknowledge the receipt on the 9th instant of your Circular Despatch of the 31st of January, addressed to Mr. Jameson and myself, in which you have been pleased to notify to us certain arrangements respecting the computation of the period of Service, after which a Pension may eventually be granted to us, and the portion of Salary to be granted to us during the period we are absent from our Posts,-and directing us to be precise in stating the periods of

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