Slave Trade. No. 1 (1879). Correspondence with British representatives and agents abroad, and reports from Naval Officers, relating to the Slave Trade. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of Her Majesty.1879. [C.-2422].
Folio. XVII, (1), 322 pp. Top edge gilt. Sewn, with remains of former cloth spine.
Rare British papers and correspondence with local agents and officers on the slave trade of Egypt, Turkey, Zanzibar, and Arabia. Includes a report on the release of a slave, a Dutch subject, from an Arab Sheikh (p. 263) and the report by Cdr. Powlett from Jeddah concerning the Red Sea slave route: "Within the last month 160 slaves have been landed near Jeddah, from near Cid. It would appear that the authorities, though not exerting themselves to suppress the traffic in slaves, do not permit the law to be too openly infringed: this has raised the price in slaves [...] The Farisian Islands are used to land cargoes of slaves upon, where also they are employed in diving for mother-o'-pearl [...] [Baggalah sailboats] come into Jeddah without there being any trace of what they have done. They have no special fittings, and do not fasten the slaves (who are mostly children) in any way [...] I submit that laws framed to meet the case of slaving vessels making long voyages will be found wanting when applied to the Red Sea traffic" (ibid.).
Other relevant sections are: "Egypt" (pp. 4-50; includes further correspondence relating to the slave traffic in the Red Sea and on the Arabian Peninsula, e.g. "Slave Trade in Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Notes by Assistant Resident at Aden. To communicate to Egyptian Government such information as may be advisable"); "Turkey" (pp. 112-123; includes correspondence relating to the Slave Trade in the Red Sea); "Turkey. (Consular)-Baghdad" (pp. 124-129); "Turkey. (Consular)-Jeddah" (pp. 131-155); "Zanzibar" (pp. 157-253), etc.
Slight edge chipping to first 2 or 3 leaves; removed from the Public Record Office with their stamp to t. p. A good copy.