§ MR. BUCHANAN
I beg to ask the Attorney General whether slavery is recognised as a legal status in any British Protectorate?
SIR R. WEBSTER
Assuming slavery to be lawful according to the law of the country over which the Protectorate is assumed, it would be recognised as a legal status. But British subjects would, of course, be prohibited from dealing or trading in, purchasing, selling, or transferring slaves.