British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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out the colonies under such provisions for regulating the condition of the negroes as may combine their welfare with the interests of the proprietors.
3. That it is expedient that all children born after the passing of any Act or who shall be under the age of six years at the time of passing any Act of Parliament for this purpose, be declared free; subject nevertheless to such temporary restrictions as may be deemed necessary for their support and maintenance.
4. That all persons now slaves be entitled to be registered as apprenticed labourers and to acquire thereby all rights and privileges of freedom; subject to the restriction of labouring, under conditions and for a time to be fixed by Parliament, for their present owners.
5. That, to provide against the risk of loss which proprietors in His Majesty's colonial possessions might sustain by the abolition of slavery, His Majesty be enabled to advance by way of loan to be raised from time to time a sum not exceeding in the whole £15,000,000, to be repaid in such manner and at such a rate of interest as shall be prescribed by Parliament.
6. That His Majesty be enabled to defray any such expense as he may incur in establishing an efficient stipendiary magistracy in the colonies and in aiding the local legislatures in providing for the religious and moral education of the negro population to be emancipated.

B. THE TREATMENT OF ABORIGINES

(a) North American Indians

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UPPER CANADA: LIEUT.-GOVERNOR SIR PEREGRINE MAITLAND TO LORD BATHURST 29 November 18211

York.

MY LORD,

In obedience to the desire expressed in your Lordship's dispatch of the 31st May, I have the honour to submit for your Lordship's consideration the details of the plan which I would propose should be carried into effect for the amelioration of the Indian tribes in the

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of the proposed reforms of 1823-4. In the course of the debates on the resolutions and on the Bill (3 & 4 Will. IV, cap. 73) the proposed loan of £15 million became a grant of £20 million, while the period of apprenticeship was reduced from twelve years for praedial slaves to six. The resolutions in a slightly amended form were passed without a division by the Commons on 12 June, and were introduced into the Lords on 25 June by Goderich, now Lord Ripon.
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C.O. 42/366. Sir Peregrine Maitland had fought throughout the great French Wars until the battle of Waterloo. From 1819 to 1828 he was Lieut.-Governor of Upper Canada, and for four years afterwards was Lieut.-Governor of Nova Scotia. Bathurst does not seem to have made any comment on this dispatch.

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