and subject to a strict account, either according to the provisions of the Acts 23 Geo. II1, and 23d of the present King, or to such other as Parliament may deem it expedient to adopt. Your Committee cannot but anticipate the most beneficial effects, when the happy period of the total abandonment of the slave trade shall arrive.
Your Committee cannot conclude their Report, without expressing their confident hope, that Parliament will watch, with unceasing care, the progress made in African civilization under the system suggested by them, or under any other which may now be adopted, and will introduce, from time to time, such alterations as the great objects in view may appear to require.
MINUTE OF THE LORDS OF THE TREASURY 15 December 18202
My Lords read a letter from the African Company, dated 22nd September last, relative to the proposed transfer of the Settlements upon the Gold Coast to His Majesty, and enclosing particulars relative to those Forts, and a list of the officers and servants now in the employ of the Company.
My Lords also read a letter from Lieut. Governor Macarthy, of the 16th November 1820, transmitting a copy of the Charter for the Governor of Sierra Leone, and a Memorandum relative thereto.
In pursuance of the several Acts of Parliament before recited, the whole of the British Forts and Settlements upon the Gold Coast of Africa have become vested in the Company created by the said Act of the 23d Geo. 2d., c. 31, and have been entirely governed and managed by officers and servants appointed by them; but the whole expense of such management has, for many years past, been entirely defrayed by sums granted by Parliament for the support of these forts; the said Company having in their corporate capacity no funds whatever, out of which any part of such expenses could be defrayed, and having no beneficial interest in the said Forts.
My Lords also read the Reports of the Committees of the House of Commons of 13 June 1816, and 25th June 1817, appointed to inquire into the concerns of this Company.
Upon a full consideration of this subject, it appears to my Lords, that it will be expedient to submit a Bill to Parliament, for abolishing____________________