RESOLUTIONS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS 15 May 18231
That it is expedient to adopt effectual and decisive measures for meliorating the condition of the slave population in His Majesty's colonies.
That through a determined and persevering, but at the same time judicious and temperate enforcement of such measures, this House looks forward to a progressive improvement in the character of the slave population, such as may prepare them for a participation in those civil rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other classes of His Majesty's subjects.
That this House is anxious for the accomplishment of this purpose at the earliest period that shall be compatible with the well being of the slaves themselves, with the safety of the colonies, and with a fair and equitable consideration of the interests of private property.
Ordered, that the said resolution be laid before His Majesty by such Members of this House as are of His Majesty's most honourable Privy Council.
BRITISH GUIANA: LORD BATHURST TO GOVERNOR JOHN MURRAY AND LIEUT.- GOVERNOR HENRY BEARD, 28 May 18232
I take the earliest opportunity of communicating to you the Resolutions which were unanimously agreed to by the House of Commons____________________
C.O. 112/5, pp. 171-6. Major-General Murray succeeded Carmichael as Governor of Demerara in 1813. He had previously been Lieut.-Governor of Berbice, where he was succeeded by Henry Beard. A copy of this dispatch was sent to each of the West Indian Governors. In the case of territories enjoying representative institutions the Governor was enjoined 'to recommend similar measures to the consideration of the colonial legislature whenever that body may assemble' (C.O. 29/30). A secret circular of the same date enclosed a Proclamation which should be issued at discretion if the slave population seemed to misunderstand the Resolutions