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to be a gentleman of honour, incapable of making a statement which I did not believe," and I now declare to your Lordship, upon my honour, that I have never ventured an accusation in this case, without having been fully convinced of its truth: all have been proved to be true by the decisions of the tribunals but the one great vital point in the affair, namely, the complicity of the ex-President; and this I have been prevented from proving by obstacles presented by the Provincial Government utterly impossible for me to have overcome; but to show your Lordship that I scorn to attack any man without giving him the opportunity of defence, I would request your Lordship to propose to the Brazilian Government to sanction the appointment of a Mixed Commission to sit in Pernambuco, to inquire into the conduct of the late President and the truth of my charges in reference to the Serinhaein affair; and I will abide by the result. The Earl of Clarendon. H. AUGUSTUS COWPEB.

No. 2%2—The Earl of Clarendon to Consul Cowper. Sib, Foreign Office,'February 3, 1857.

I Have received your despatch of the 22nd of December of last year, suggesting that Her Majesty's Government should propose to the Brazilian Government to sanction the appointment of a Mixed Commission to sit in Pernambuco, in order to investigate the conduct of the late President of that province, and the truth of your statements with regard to the Serinhaem affair, and in which you state that you will be ready to abide the result of the proposed inquiry.

I have to inform you that I have instructed Mr. Scarlett to make such a proposal to the Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs, in answer to the charges made by the Imperial Government against you, and as a proof that Her Majesty's Government are desirous that your conduct, which they think honourable and praiseworthy, should be investigated. I am, &c.

JET. A. Cowper, Esq. CLAKENDON.

PORTUGAL.

No. 319.—Mr. Howard to the Earl of Clarendon.(Beo. April 25.) (Extract.) Lisbon, April 18, 1856.

I nATE the honour of inclosing herewith to your Lordship the translation of a Project of Law presented to the Chamber of Deputies by Viscount d'Athognia on the 7th instant, providing for the abolition of slavery, in the district of Ambriz, six months after the publication of the Law in the official Gazette of Angola; and in the territories of Cabinda and Molembo, six months after what is termed the re-establishment, by the Government, of administrative and military authorities in each of them.

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Tour Lordship will perceive that the limits assigned by this Bill to the district of Ambriz are, the Eivers Lifune to the south, and Zaire, or Congo, to the north.

The Earl of Clarendon. HENEY P. HOWAED.

(hwlosure.')Project of Law. (Translation.) Secretary of State's Office for Marine and

Gentlemen, Colonial Affairs, April 7,1856.

The territory of Ambriz, in the Province of Angola, was recently organized as a district of th;it province, principally with a view to the suppression of the Slave Trade, which has, notwithstanding all the measures taken for preventing it, been constantly carried oil there. In order, then, to put a stop to this inhuman traffic in that district, and in the territories of Cabinda and Molembo, I have the honour to submit for your consideration, after having consulted the Ultramarine Council, the following project of law :—

Aet. I. The state of slavery is hereby abolished in the following territories of the Province of Angola:—

1. In the district of Ambriz from the Eiver Lifune to the Eiver Zaire.

2. In the territories of Cabinda and of Molembo.

II. This law shall come into force in the district of Ambriz six months after its publication in the " Boletim Official" of Angola, and in the other territories mentioned in the preceding Article, six months subsequent to the re-establishment by the Government of administrative and military authorities in each of them.

III. All legislative enactments to the contrary are hereby revoked.

VISCOUNT D'ATHOGUIA.

Wo. 317.—The Marl of Clarendon to Count Lavradio. M. Le Comte, Foreign Office, July 7, 1856.

"with reference to the letter which I had the honour to address to you on the 12th of March last, acquainting you that no information had been received at this office with regard to certain orders which the Government of His Most Faithful Majesty was under the impression that Commodore Adams, tho Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty's naval forces on the west coast of Africa, had given for the detention of all Portuguese vessels employed in carrying slaves the property of any Portuguese colonist who may be proceeding from one port to another of tho Portuguese possessions on the coast of Africa, I now beg leave to acquaint you that I have received a communication from the "Board of Admiralty, stating that Commodore Adams denies having given any such orders as those imputed to him, and disclaims any intention to act otherwise than in strict accordance with the stipulations of Article V of the Treaty of the 3rd of July, 1842, between thia country and Portugal, for the suppression of the Slave Trade. I am, &c.

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Count Lavradio. CLAEENDON.

No. 353.—Mr. Howard to the Earl of Clarendon.(Itee. July 14.) Ml Lohd, Lisbon, July 8, 1856.

In' my despatch of the 10th of February last, I reported that tho Chamber of Deputies, in sanctioning tho Koyal Decree of the 14th of December, 1851, for the registration aud partial emancipation of slaves in the Portuguese Colonial possessions (a translation of which ■was inclosed in Sir Bichard Pakenham's despatch of the 8th of January, 1855), had passed a resolution extending to the slaves belonging to the Municipal Chambers, and charitable institutions called " misericordias," tho freedom stipulated by the single paragraph in Article 6 of that Decree for all slaves belonging to tho State.

The Chamber of Peers having approved of this resolution, it has been converted into the law of which I have the honour to transmit herewith a translation, sigued by His Most Faithful Majesty, under date of the 30th ultimo, aud published in the official Gazette yesterday. I have, &c.

'The Earl of Clarendon. HEATEY F. HOWARD.

(_Inclosure.)Law liberating Slaccs belonging to the Htale and to (Translation.) certain Corporations.

Don Pedeo, by the Grace of God, King of Portugal and the Algarves, &c.

AYe hereby make known to all our subjects that the General Cortes have decreed, aud we confirm, the following law :—

Abt. I. The Decree of 14th December, 1854, containing measures for effecting the liberation of slaves in the transmarine provinces, and for affording protection to these and to the liberated negroes, is hereby confirmed with the alterations set down in the following Articles.

II. Besides the slaves belonging to the State, to whom liberty was granted by virtue of the section of Article 6 of the said Decree, those belonging to the Municipal Chambers and to charitable institutions (" misericordias ") are also free from the date of tho official publication of this law in the respective provinces.

III. Such slaves as may obtain their liberty by virtue of tho the " Boletim Official" of Angola; and in the other territories mentioned in the preceding Article, six months from the establishment in each, by the Government, of administrative and military authorities.

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III. All legislative enactments to the contrary are hereby revoked.

We therefore command all the authorities to whom the knowledge and execution of the above law appertains, to carry it out, and cause it to be carried out and observed fully, as therein contained. The Minister and Secretary of State for Marine and Colonial Affairs shall cause it to be printed, published, and circulated.

Given at the Palace of Necessidades, on 5th July, 1856. Viscount Sa Da Bandeiba. KIM (Sealed with the Royal Arms.)

No. 357.—Mr. Howard to the Earl of Clarendon.—{Bee. July 21.) Mt Lord, Lisbon, July 18, 1856.

"with reference to my despatch of the 8th of March last, I have the honour of inclosing the translation of a Bill which was intra* duced into the Chamber of Peers by Viscount de S6 da Bandeira in order to guard against cases similar to that of the fugitive slave Jose Maria from the Brazilian brig Iris, at Oporto, and which, after having been passed by that Chamber, was yesterday adopted by the Chamber of Deputies.

This Bill provides, by Article I, for the freedom of slaves entering any port or anchorage of the Kingdom of Portugal, or of the Archipelagoes of Madeira and the Azores; and by Article II, for that of all slaves belonging to foreigners on their landing in any of the above-mentioned territories, the stipulations, however, of existing Treaties with foreign Powers being observed in respect to such liberated slaves, who will have to be given up to the Commanders of the vessels to which they may belong.

Article IV secures the freedom of slaves entering the Kingdom of Portugal by the frontier.

Article V extends the provisions of Articles I and II, with a distinction as to the period of their coming into execution, to the territories of the States of India, and to the city of Macao and its dependencies.

Article VI repeals the Alvara of the 10th of March, 1800, and other legislative enactments to the contrary under which the slave Jose Maria was claimed.

T reserve to myself to transmit a copy of this law when officially nromulgated. I have, &c.

The Earl of Clarendon. HENBY F. HO WAltD.

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