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BRITISH ILND FOREIGN ANTI-SLAVERY…

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BRITISH ILND FOREIGN ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY. On Monday evening, the 21st ult., the annual meeting of the friends and supporters of the above society was held at the Hall of Commerce, Threadneedle-street G. W. Alexander, Esq., the treasurer, in the chair. Mr. SCOBLE, the Secretary, then read the tenth annual report of the Committee, which commenced with a statement of the number of slaves at present existing in professedly Christian and civilised nations. Ma,cing allowance for manumissions which may have taken place in the South American Republics, the following was state a to be a correct estimate of the number of slaves in the following coun- tries AA /{\{\ United States o,UJ-3,ow r$rn7;i 3,2o0,000 Spanish Colonies 900,000 Dutch Colonies 'ana South American Republics 140,000 African Settlements 30,000 Total. 7,500,000 Some of the revolting proceedings connected with the iniquitous and oppressive system of slave traffic were next detailed, and the sub- stance of a tabular statement, which was laid before a Select Com- mittee of the House of Commons appointed last year, to consider the best means of providing for the final extinction of the slave-trade, was set forth, from which it appeared that the total number of Africans imported into Brazil during the last forty years has been 1 801,800 into the Spanish colonies, 1,446,027; into other coun- tries, 562,000; mortality during the middle passage, 1,121,299; and captured by British eruisers, since the year 1819, 117,380 making a grand total of 5,018,606, as the victims of the foreign African slave-trade from 1807 to 1847 The report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons was then given at full length, and was followed by a brief account of the proceedings of the Society itself in relation to the slave-trade. The memorial presented to Lord Johnltussell by the committee in 1846 was embodied in the report; and the committee congratulate I the meeting upon having, in that memorial, established the principle that, so long as slavery exists, there is no reasonable prospect of the annihilation of the slave- trade, and of extinguishing the sale and barter of human beings; and that the extinction of slavery and the slave-trade will be at- tained most effectually by the employment of those means which are of a moral, religious, and pacific character.' The committee of the Society subsequently felt it to be necessary to call the attention of Government to the power which it possessed over Brazil and Spain, by virtue of its treaties with them, both in relation to slavery and the slave-trade. They therefore, presented their case in a me- morial to Lord Palmerston in October last, and re-asserted the right of this country to demand the liberation from slavery of all Africans who, contrary to the stipulations of treaties and to municipal law, had been illicitly and illegally introduced into their territories and colonies respectively. Now it must be obvious that if, in this way, an attack be made oil Brazilian and Spanish slavery, so as to rcnder insccurc the tenure by which slaves are held, the whole system will be shaken to its basis, and tlie slave-trade will fall with it. ^Ihe subject of Coolie immigration into the British West India Colo- nies was next entered upon, and it was stated that during the years 1814, 181-5, 1816, and 1847, there were introduced into Jamaica 6,032 Coolies; British Guiana, 12,177; Trinidad, 6,734: total, 25,843. No Indian immigration took place into Jamaica during 1847 and 1848. in consequence of the House of Assembly of that colony having declined to provide the necessary funds for that pur- pose; but it was understood that Government had authorised the further introduction of 5,000 Coolies into British Guiana, and 1 000 into Trinidad, in 1817-8. The whole scheme of Indian im- migration into the West Indies was denounced as a costly failure, and attended with a mortality so frightful, and immoralities so depradins", as to involve all parties in disgrace who have participated in it. Details of the African and Madeira emigration, and of Coolie emigration to Mauritius, were given at considerable length and, respecting the mortality of the immigrants, it was stated that every elak of immigrants has suffered -the'Portuguese most, next to them the Cpo:ïes, and next to them the liberated Africans. They have died from disease, neglect of hospital treatment, want of proper shelter and care, not by hundreds, but by thousands; and tne ac- count* which the committee continue to receive of their wrcicaeu and suffering condition are truly heartrending. The committee tuen set forth briefly the proceedings of the Abolitionists during the year in the United States, Prance, Spain, Denmark lortugal, Br;lzil, Northern Africa, and the Levant, and concluded oy ex- pressing a hope that the Society should continue to experience public svmpathy and support." i the accounts appended to the report, it apoe red that the total receipts, from all sources, were £ 1,130, which had been expended in promoting the objects of the Society, with the exception "of a balance on hand of £31 6 s. 3u; Th: So- ciety, however, had incurred liabilities to the extent ofl; The several resolutions were moved and seconded by Mr. Gill F- rex, Dr. ALDrm, Mr. It CLAPX', of the United States, the Uev. E. CVHEV, the Key. A. CKUMMKI.T., an episcopalian clergyman, the Rev. Mr. DOVE, Mr. J. SruitQB, Mr. H. L'INSTAN r, of Haiti, and the Ri v. }. BUN NUT,

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