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    British Anti-Slavery Naval Order signed by John Hope Smith. Four integral pages written on page one, 9.5" x 15.25", "Tantum Fort, [Gold Coast] January 15, 1811 [sic]", on laid paper watermarked "Gater 1809." The document, signed by John Hope Smith as governor of the Gold Coast [now Ghana], commands Captain John Moss of the British schooner Alder to "seize any Ship, vessel, or vessels acting contrary to the said act [Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 14th May 1811], by dealing in or for Slaves with the intent of their being transported beyond sea." The enabling act referred to in the document was enacted by Parliament to exact punishment on the owners of slaving ships including the seizure of all goods and effects and the condemnation of the vessels. The document retains the original red wax seal and is countersigned by "J. M. Meacham." Folds, light chipping along edges.

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    April, 2011
    8th-9th Friday-Saturday
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