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Slave Trade Act 1843

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Slave Trade Act 1843

1843 CHAPTER 98

An Act for the more effectual Suppression of the Slave Trade.

[24th August 1843]

WHEREAS an Act was passed in the Fifth Year of the Reign of King George the Fourth, intituled An Act to amend and consolidate the Laws relating to the Abolition of the Slave Trade, whereby it is enacted (among other things), that it shall not be lawful (except in such special Cases as are hereinafter mentioned) for any Persons to deal or trade in, purchase, sell, barter, or transfer, or to contract for the dealing or trading in, Purchase, Sale, Barter, or Transfer of Slaves or Persons intended to be dealt with as Slaves ; or to carry away or remove, or to contract for the carrying away or removing of Slaves or other Persons as or in order to their being dealt with as Slaves ; or to import or bring, or to contract for the importing or bringing, into any Place whatsoever, Slaves or other Persons as or in order to their being dealt with as Slaves ; or to ship, tranship, embark, receive, detain, or confine on board, or to contract for the shipping, transhipping, embarking, receiving, detaining, or confining on board of any Ship, Vessel, or Boat, Slaves or other Persons for the Purpose of their being carried away or removed as or in order to their being dealt with as Slaves ; or to ship, tranship, embark, receive, detain, or confine on board, or to contract for the shipping, transhipping, embarking, receiving, detaining, or confining on board, of any Ship, Vessel, or Boat, Slaves or other Persons for the Purpose of their being imported or brought into any Place whatsoever as or in order to their being dealt with as Slaves 5 or to fit out, man, navigate, equip, despatch, use, employ, let, or take to freight or on hire, or to contract for the fitting out, manning, navigating, equipping, despatching, using, employing, letting, or taking to freight or on hire, any Ship, Vessel, or Boat, in order to accomplish any of the Objects or the Contracts in relation to the Objects which Objects and Contracts have herein-before been declared unlawful; or to lend or advance, or become Security for the Loan or Advance, or to contract for the lending or advancing, or becoming Security for the Loan or Advance of Money, Goods, or Effects employed or to be employed in accomplishing any of the Objects or the Contracts in relation to the Objects which Objects and Contracts have herein-before been declared unlawful; or to become Guarantee or Security, or to contract for the becoming Guarantee or Security, for Agents employed or to be employed in accomplishing any of the Objects or the Contracts in relation to the Objects which Objects and Contracts have herein-before been declared unlawful; or in any other Manner to engage or to contract to engage, directly or indirectly, therein as a Partner, Agent, or otherwise ; or to ship, tranship, lade, receive, or put on board, or to contract for the shipping, transhipping, lading, receiving, or putting on board of any Ship, Vessel, or Boat, Money, Goods, or Effects to be employed in accomplishing any of the Objects or the Contracts in relation to the Objects which Objects and Contracts have herein-before been declared unlawful; or to take the Charge or Command, or to navigate or enter and embark on board, or to contract for the taking the Charge or Command or for the navigating or entering and embarking on board, of any Ship, Vessel, or Boat, as Captain, Master, Mate, petty Officer, Surgeon, Supercargo, Seaman, Marine, or Servant, or in any other Capacity, knowing that such Ship, Vessel, or Boat is actually employed, or is in the same Voyage, or upon the same Occasion, in respect of which they shall so take the Charge or Command, or navigate or enter and embark, or contract so to do as aforesaid, intended to be employed in accomplishing any of the Objects or the Contracts in relation to the Objects which Objects and Contracts have herein-before been declared unlawful ; or to insure or to contract for the insuring of any Slaves, or any Property, or other Subject Matter engaged or employed or intended to be engaged or employed in accomplishing any of the Objects or the Contracts in relation to the Objects which Objects and Contracts have herein-before been declared unlawful: And whereas it is expedient that from and after the Commencement of this Act the Provisions of the said Act herein-before recited shall be deemed to apply to, and extend to render unlawful, and to prohibit the several Acts, Matters, and Things therein mentioned when committed by British Subjects in Foreign Countries and Settlements not belonging to the British Crown, in like Manner and to all Intents and Purposes as if the same were done or committed by such Persons within the British Dominions, Colonies, or Settlements ; and it is expedient that further Provisions should be made for the more effectual Suppression of the Slave Trade, and of certain Practices tending to promote and encourage it: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That all the Provisions of the said consolidated Slave Trade Act herein-before recited and of this present Act shall, from and after the coming into operation of this Act, be deemed to extend and apply to British Subjects wheresoever residing or being, and whether within the Dominions of the British Crown or of any Foreign Country; and all the several Matters and Things prohibited by the said consolidated Slave Trade Act or by this present Act, when committed by British Subjects, whether within the Dominions of the British Crown or in any Foreign Country, except only as is herein-after excepted, shall be deemed and taken to be Offences committed against the said several Acts respectively, and shall be dealt with and punished accordingly: Provided nevertheless, that nothing herein contained shall repeal or alter any of the Provisions of the said Act.

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