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I have directed the Estimates of the current Year to be laid before you. They have been framed with every attention to economy which the circumstances of the Country will permit; and it will be satisfactory to you to learn that I have been able to make a large reduction in our Annual Expenditure, particularly in our Naval and Military Establishments.

My Lords, and Gentlemen,

I have the greatest pleasure in acquainting you that a considerable improvement has taken place in the course of the last Year in the Commerce and Manufactures of the United Kingdom, and that I can now state them to be, in their important branches, in a very flourishing condition.

I must at the same time deeply regret the depressed state of the agricultural interest.

The condition of an interest so essentially connected with the prosperity of the Country will, of course, attract your early attention; and I have the fullest reliance on your wisdom in the consideration of this important subject.

I am persuaded, that in whatever measures you may adopt, you will bear constantly in mind, that in the maintenance of our Publick Credit all the best interests of this Kingdom are equally involved; and that it is by a steady adherence to that principle that we have attained, and can alone expect to preserve, our high station amongst the Nations of the World.

CORRESPONDENCE OF THE FOREIGN OFFICE,

RELATING TO

THE SLAVE TRADE:

1821, 1822; viz. CORRESPONDENCE WITH FOREIGN POWERS...

2 CORRESPONDENCE WITH HIS MAJESTY'S COMMISSIONERS 89

Page

CORRESPONDENCE WITH FOREIGN POWERS.

LIST OF PAPERS.

FRANCE. No.

1821. Page 1. Sir Charles Stuart to Viscount Castlereagh....Paris...... 22d Feb. 5 2. Sir Charles Stuart to Viscount Castlereagh.... Paris..

.29th Mar. 6 3. The Marquess of Londonderry to Sir C. Stuart. Foreign Office,... 8th May 7 4. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry..Paris..... . 11th June 7 5. The Marquess of Londonderry to Sir C. Stuart. Foreign Office....15th June 6. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry. Paris.

21st June 8 7. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry. Paris.. ..28th June 9

2d July

No.

1821. Page 8. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry.Paris........

11 9. The Marquess of Londonderry to Sir C. Stuart, Foreign Office... 27th Aug. 12 10. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry.Paris.... .24th Sept. 12 11. William Hamilton, Esq. to Sir C. Stuart.. .Foreign Office...28th Sept. 13 12. Viscount Sidmouth to Sir C. Stuart.... ..Foreign Office...30th Oct. 13 13. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry. Paris...

.22d Nov. 15 14. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry. Paris.

.21st Dec. 16

1822. 15. The Marquess of Londonderry to Sir C. Stuart. Foreign Office ... 18th Jan. 18 16. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry. Paris.... 28th Jan. 18 17. Sir C. Stuart to the Marquess of Londonderry.Paris.

7th Feb. 20 18. Memorandum of the Comte de Caraman ...... London.........19th Mar. 19. The Marquess of Londonderry to Sir C. Stuart, Foreign Office... 26th Mar. 25

21

NETHERLANDS.

1821.

20. The Earl of Clancarty to Viscount Castlereagh.Brussels.........27th Mar. 27 21. Viscount Castlereagh to the Earl of Clancarty., Foreign Office... 13th April 28 72. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry.....

.Brussels........17th April 29 23. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Lon. donderry ....

Brussels..

........17th April 30 Inclosure.-Decree of the King of The Netherlands ..

Brussels........16th April 31 94. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarty.....

..Foreign Office... 1st May 32 25. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry...

. Brussels...... 8th May 32 %6. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarty

..Foreign Office... 8th May 32 27. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry...

. Brussels, 15th May 32 28. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry ..

..Brussels....... 5th June 33 29. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarty.......

..Foreign Office... 25th June 34 30. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry.......

.Brussels, ... 29th June 35 $1. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarty......

. Foreign Office... 7th Aug. 35 32. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarty.

.Foreign Office ... 14th Sept. 36 33. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry...

.Brussels.........18th Sept. 36 34. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarty

. Foreign Office... 21st Sept. 36 35. William Hamilton, Esq. to the Earl of Clancarty.Foreign Office... 23d Oct. 38 36. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarty

.... Foreign Office... 8th Nov. 38 37. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry ....

. The Hague..... 16th Nov. 39 38. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquese of Londonderry......

... The Hague, ..... 4th Dec. 39 59. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of

1812. Clancarty..

Foreign Office.... 4th Jan. 40

42

No.

1822 Page 40. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry

..The Hague.......11th Jan. 41 41. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry

..The Hague.......18th Jan. 41 42. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarly

..Foreign Office....12th Feb. 43. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry

. The Hague.......19th Feb. 43 44. The Marquess of Londonderry to the Earl of Clancarty....

..Foreign Office ...24th Feb. 45. The Earl of Clancarty to the Marquess of Londonderry

The Hague....... 5th Mar, 44 46. The Earl of Clavcarty to the Marquess of Londonderry...

.The Hague....... 22d Mar. 45

43

PORTUGAL.

47. The Right Hon. Edward Thornton to Viscount

1821. Castlereagh ....

. Rio Janeiro...... 4th May 46 Inclosure.—Project. Additional Article...

47 48. The Marquess of Londonderry to E. M. Ward, Esq..

Foreign Office.... 4th Sept. 47 49. E. M. Ward, Esq. to the Marqyess of Londonderry.

..Lisbon...... .20th Oct. 47 50. The Marquess of Londonderry to E. M. Ward,

1822. Exq.....

.Foreign Office ....27th Mar. 48 51. The Marquess of Londonderry to E. M. Ward, Esq......

. Foreign Office....27 th Mar. 50

SPAIN.

1821.

52. Viscount Castlereagh to Sir Henry Wellesley., Foreign Office ....16th Feb. 51 53. Sir Henry Wellesley to Viscount Castlereagh.. Madrid.... .26th Mar. 53 54. Sir Henry Wellesley to Viscount Castlereagh.. Madrid.. 5th April 53 55. Sir Henry Wellesley to the Marquess of Lon. donderry....

.....Madrid.........16th April 54 56. Lionel Hervey, Esq. to the Marquess of Londonderry...

..Madrid.....

,14th May

55 57. The Marquess of Londonderry to Lionel Herrey, Esq...

.. Foreign Office....121h June 53 58. The Marquess of Londonderry to Lionel Hervey, Esq....

.. Foreign Office..., 3d July 55 59. The Marquess of Londonderry to Lionel Hervey, Esq..

Foreign Office.... 7th Aug. 56 60. William Hamilton, Esq. to Lionel Hervey, Esq.Foreign Office ....17th Aug. 56 61. William Hamilton, Esq. to Lionel Hervey, Esq. Foreign Office....31st Aug. 56 62. Lionel Hervey, Esq. to the Marquess of Londonderry......

..Madrid.,

5th Sept. 58 63. Lionel Hervey, Esq. to the Marquess of Londonderry

. Madrid......... 3d Oct. 58 64. The Marquess of Londonderry to Liouel Hervey, Esq.

. Foreign Office... 31st Dec. 59 65. The Marquess of Londonderry to Lionel Hervey,

1822. Esq..

Foreign Office... 26th Jan. 59

No.

1822. Page 66. Lionel Hervey, Esq. to the Marquess of Londonderry.....

....Madrid.........11th Feb. . 60 67. Lionel Hervey, Esq. to the Marquess of Londonderry.

.Madrid ......... 5th Mar. 60 Inclosure.-Extract from the riminal Code of Spain ....

60 68. The Marquess of Londonderry to Lionel Hervey, Esq......

. Foreigu Office... 10th Mar. 61

UNITED STATES.

74

69. The Right Hon. Stratford Canning to Viscount

1821. Castlereagh..

Washington..... 8th Mar. 61
Inclosure.- Report of a Committee of the
House of Representatives......

62
Sub-Inclosures-Report of the Secretary of
the Navy

71 Case of the French Slase.

ship Le Louis...... 70. The Right Hon. S. Cauning to the Marquess of Londonderry..

. Washington..... 4th June 77 71. The Right Hon. S. Canning to the Marquess of Londonderry..

... Washington..... 28th July 79 72. The Right Hon. S. Canning to the Marquess of Londonderry ·

Washington..... 4th Sept. 79 Inclosure.-Instructions to American Ships of War ...

83

DENMARK. 72. (A.)—The Marquess of Londonderry to H. U.

1822. Addington, Esq....

Foreign Office... 26th Mar.

88

CORRESPONDENCE WITH FOREIGN POWERS.

FRANCE

No. 1.-Sir Charles Stuart lo Viscount Castlereugh.—(Rec. Feb. 25) MY LORD,

Paris, 220 February, 1821. I have the honour to transmit to your Lordship the Copy of a Note I have received from Baron Pasquier, in answer to the Com. munication which announced the capture of the Slave Ship, the Louisa, in a Port of the Island of Antigua. I have, &c. Viscount Castlereagh, K. G.

CHARLES STUART.

(Inclosure.)-The Baron Pasquier to Sir Charles Stuart. MONSIEUR L'AMBASSADEUR,

Paris, le 15 Février, 1821. J'ai reçu la Lettre que votre Excellence m'a fait l'honneur de m'adresser le 9 Janvier, pour me faire connoître l'arrestation et la détention, à Antigua, du Navire la Louise, qui paroit avoir été employé à la Traite des Noirs.

J'ai l'honneur d'informer votre Excellence, que M. le Ministre de la Marine, à qui je m'étais empressé de faire part de cette Communication, vient d'écrire aux Administrateurs François de la Guadeloupe et de la Martinique, pour que les poursuites contre la Louise soient faites par les Tribunaux, aussitôt que ce Navire aura été conduit, par ordre des Autorités Angloises, dans l'une ou l'autre de ces Iles.

J'ai l'honneur, &c. S. E. Le Chevalier Stuart.

PASQUIER.

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No. 2.-Sir Charles Stuart to Viscount Castlereazh.-(Rec. April 1.)
MY LORD,

Paris, 29th March, 1821. I INCLose, for your Lordship's information, Copies of the further Correspondence which has taken place with the French Government, upon the subject of the repeated infractions of the Law which abolishes the Slave Trade in the Territories of His Most Christian Majesty.

I have the honour to be, &c. Viscount Castlereagh, K. G.

CHARLES STUART.

(Inclosure 1.)—Sir Charles Stuart to the Baron Pasquier. SIR,

Paris, 23d March, 182). I HAVE the bonour to inclose to your Excellency the annexed Paper*, which I am assured is the exact Copy of an Agreement recently concluded by certain mercantile houses in the Port of Havre.

The substitution of the word Mules for Negroes shows the real nature of this Agreement, since it is well known that there are no mules to be purchased on the Coast of Africa. I feel that it is my duty to submit this Document to the attention of His Most Christian Majesty's Government, in the hope that they may be enabled to prevent the Parties from carrying their designs into execution.

I have, &c. His Excellency the Baron Pasquier.

CHARLES STUART.

(Inclosure 2.)— The Baron Pasquier to Sir Charles Stuart. MONSIEUR L'AMBASSADEUR,

Paris, le Mars, 1821. Au moment où je recevois la Lettre que votre Excellence m'a fait l'honneur de m'écrire le 23 de ce mois, rélativement à une spéculation qui paraît cacher un projet de Traite des Noirs, le Ministre de la Marine me faisait part des mêmes informations, en ajoutant, qu'il venait de prendre les mésures nécessaires pour que l'opération ne puisse s'effectuer, et pour que les spéculateurs soient recherchés et punis. Le voile dont on a cherché à la couvrir, facile d'ailleurs à pénétrer, est un motif de plus pour que le Gouvernement suive cette affaire de manière.

* Not transmitted to the Foreign Office.

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