Lot 276: Partly-printed Foreign Office letter, signed "Aberdeen," one page, 8 x 9.5, April 30, 1843. Interesting letter headed "Circular: Slave Trade No. 1." In full: "I herewith transmit to you for your Information a Copy of a Treaty concluded at Santiago on the 19th of January 1839, and of an additional and explanatory Convention concluded at Santiago on the 7th of August 1841, between Her Majesty and the Republick [sic] of Chile, for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The Ratifications of this Treaty and Convention were exchanged at Santiago on the 6th of August 1842." Addressed on the reverse to Edmund Molyneux. Slight dampstaining to left edge and show-through from docketing to reverse, otherwise fine condition. In 1833, Parliament passed the British Slavery Abolition Act which ended slavery in most of the empire, save for possessions controlled by the East India Company, Ceylon, and St. Helena. These three exceptions were eliminated by Parliament in 1843, and in the same year introduced treaties to combat the slave trade with Mexico, Uruguay, and Bolivia.
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Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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