RESOLUTION OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS 10 June 18061
That this House, conceiving the African slave trade to be contrary to the principles of justice, humanity and sound policy, will, with all practicable expedition, proceed to take effectual measures for abolishing the said trade, in such manner and at such period as may be deemed advisable.
JAMAICA: LORD CASTLEREAGH TO GOVERNOR THE DUKE OF MANCHESTER, 19 January 18082
. . . It is with much concern that His Majesty has observed the tone of the Resolutions which have been lately entered into by the Assembly of Jamaica on the subject of the law for the abolition of the slave trade; but he trusts they may be considered as merely temporary effusions of warmth upon a measure which they consider, however erroneously, destructive to their personal interests and not as deliberate resolutions for their permanent conduct.
In this view of the proceeding of the Assembly it is not wished that any formal notice should be pointedly taken which would make it necessary to enter into further discussion of the legislative right of control and superintendence of the Imperial Parliament in all cases where taxation is not concerned. That superintendence will never be exercised, but in cases conducive to the true liberties of the Island and for the increase of the happiness of all the classes which inhabit it and which are all entitled in their several relations to the protecting care of the mother country. At a time like the present when it is found that by the too great increase of colonial produce the markets of the world are overstocked and the price proportionally reduced, an experiment for putting an end to a traffic attended always with inhumanity and injustice, may be tried with the least possible danger____________________