Sir George Goldie and the Making of Nigeria

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APPENDIX II
Royal Charter granted to the National African Company, later called the Royal Niger Company

VICTORIA, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith. To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting:

Whereas an humble Petition has been presented to Us, in Our Council, by the National African Company, Limited, of 34 to 40, Ludgate Hill, in the City of London (hereinafter referred to as 'the Company').

And whereas the said Petition states (among other things) that the Petitioner Company was incorporated in the year 1882, under the Companies Acts, 1862 to 1880, as a Company limited by Shares. And that the Capital of the Company is 1,000,000l., divided into 100,000 Shares of 10l, each, with power to increase. And 91,675 of such Shares have been subscribed for and issued; and a further 6,000 of such Shares have been subscribed for and are about to be issued, making in all, 97,675 of such Shares. And that the objects of the Company as declared by the Memorandum of Association of the Company, are (amongst others) the following, that is to say:

To carry on business and to act as merchants, bankers, traders, commission agents, shipowners, carriers, or in any other capacity, in the United Kingdom, Africa, or elsewhere, and to import, export, buy, sell, barter, exchange, pledge, make advances upon, or otherwise deal in goods, produce, articles, and merchandise according to the custom of merchants, or otherwise.

To form or acquire and carry on trading stations, factories, stores and depôts in Africa or elsewhere, and to purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire, carry on, develop, or improve any business or any real or personal property in the United Kingdom, Africa, or elsewhere, or any undivided or other interest whatsoever therein respectively.

To apply for, acquire, and hold any Charters, Acts of Parliament, privileges, monopolies, licences, concessions, patents, or other rights or powers from the British Government, or any other Government or State, or any potentate or local or other authority in

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