HC Deb 08 May 1862 vol 166 c1360

said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government have succeeded in negotiating a fresh Treaty with the Government of the United States for the suppression of the Slave Trade; and if so, whether he in prepared to lay such Treaty upon the table of the House?


Sir, I am happy to be able to inform my hon. Friend that a treaty for the suppression of the Slave Trade has been concluded between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the United States. The treaty is of a highly satisfactory nature, as it confers the right of search on British vessels, and consequently gives good reason to hope that the Slave Trade, which has been carried on to so great an extent during some years under the United States flag, will be suppressed. As soon as the ratifications have been exchanged, the treaty will be laid on the table of the House.