William IV

Article 13




An Act For the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies ; for Promoting the Industry of the manumitted Slaves; and for compensating the Persons hitherto entitled to the Services of such Slaves. [25th August 1833.]

WHEREAS divers Persons are holden in slavery within divers of His Majesty's colonies, and it is just and expedient that all such persons should be manumitted and set free, and that a reasonable compensation should be made to the persons hitherto entitled to the services of such slaves for the loss which they will incur by being deprived of their right to such services: and whereas it is also expedient that provision should be made for promoting the industry and securing the good conduct of the persons so to be manumitted, for a limited period after such their manumission: and whereas it is necessary that the laws now in force in the said several colonies should forthwith be adapted to the new state and relations of society therein which will follow upon such general manumission as aforesaid of the said slaves; and that, in order to afford the necessary time for such adaptation of the said laws, a short Interval should elapse before such manumission should take effect: be it therefore enacted by the King's most excellent majesty by and with the advice and consent of the Lords spiritual and temporal and commons in this present Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same that from and a person is after the first day of August one thousand eight hundred and thirty four 1834 shall have been for all persons who in conformity with the laws now in force in registered as the said colonies respectively shall on or before the first day of August one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four have been duly registered as slaves in any such colony and who on the said first try to be six day of August one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four shall be years old or actually within any such colony, and who shall by such registries appear to be on the said first day of August one thousand eight hundred and thirty four of the full age of six years or upwards, become, shall by force and virtue of this act and without the previous apprenticed execution of any indenture of apprenticeship or other deed or labourers instrument for that purpose become an apprentice labourer provided that, for the purposes aforesaid, every slave engaged in his ordinary occupation on the seas shall be deemed and taken to be within the colony to which such slave shall belong.........................................................

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