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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MISC 87
Title
SUPPRESSION OF THE SLAVE TRADE: instructions to naval officers employed
Date(s)
1892
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 volumes or 0.01m3

Context

Name of creator(s)

Macgregor, Sir, Evan, 1842-1926, Knight, Admiralty Official

Administrative / Biographical history

Following the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act it was decided to use the Royal Navy to bring an end to the slave trade worldwide, and British diplomats began to negotiate treaties granting the Navy stop and search rights over vessels from various nations. The first set of official instructions to commanding officers setting out the limits of their rights under treaty was issued in 1844 with further editions in 1865, 1882 and 1892.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Mrs R K Arthur, April 2007

Content & structure

Scope and content

Instructions for the Guidance of the Captains and Commanding Officers of Her Majesty's Ships of War employed in The Suppression of the Slave Trade (2 volumes, HMSO, 1892). Volume One includes general instructions for visiting, searching and detaining vessels, sending to port of adjudication, sheltering fugitive slaves, filling in forms and certificates, dealing with British vessels, vessels of no name or nation, vessels from West African states, and vessels covered by the General Act of the Brussels Conference. Volume Two lists treaties with states not party to the Brussels Act and provides special instructions for dealing with vessels from the Argentine Confederation, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Equator, Hayti [Haiti], Liberia, Mexico, New Granada, Uruguay and Venezuela; East African Slave Trade: Instructions for Officers of Her Majesty's Navy when employed on detached boat service (Admiralty, 1892), excerpted from the Instructions for the Guidance of the Captains and Commanding Officers of Her Majesty's Ships of War with added vocabulary of Swaheli (Swahili) phrases.

System of arrangement

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Apr 2007

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Subjects

  • Ethnic discrimination
  • History
  • Interethnic relations
  • Naval history
  • Slavery
  • Social structure

Personal names

  • Macgregor, Sir, Evan, 1842-1926, Knight, Admiralty Official
  • Macgregor, Sir, Evan, 1842-1926, Knight, Admiralty Official

Corporate names

  • RN, Royal Navy

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