Slavery Abolition Proceedings.Return of the Number of Slaves contained in the several Population Returns received since the Date of the last Return (in continuation of Sessional Paper, No. 700, Sess. 1833. (Mr. W.E. Gladstone.)
Letterpress. Sheet 345 x 220mm (13½ x 8¾"). Edges worn.
A tally of slaves in the British colonies, prepared for William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), at the time Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, later serving as as Prime Minister four separate times after 1868. Published nearly two years after The Slavery Abolition Act (passed on 23 August 1833) outlawed slavery in the British colonies this sheet lists the number of slaves according to the returned closest to that date. Jamaica, for example had 310,707 slaves in 1832 and the Cape of Good Hope 38,427 in 1833. The Act, which emancipated the slaves but left them indentured to their former owners in an apprenticeship system, allowed corrupt owners to maintain ownership illegally and was repealled in 1838 as flawed.
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