Catalogue reference: CO 152/106. Crown Copyright.
Copy At a Court of Vice Admiralty held
ST. CHRISTOPHER on Wednesday the eighteenth day of
In the Court of Vice= January in the year of Our LORD
Admiralty. one thousand eight hundred and
John Garnett. fifteen at the Court House in the
Town of BASSETERRE in the said
Island of SAINT CHRISTOPHER.
PRESENT The Worshipful John
Garnett Judge Surrogate.
Nathaniel Coffin Esquire, Collector of His
Majesty’s Customs at the Port of Basseterre
A Mulatto man called Charles, otherwise
PROCLAMATION being made, and the Court being called, and having sat, the Substance of the Information was opened by the Solicitor General for the Leeward Islands, and the same having been read, and proof made of the execution of the Monition issued in this cause, and no person appearing to claim the said Mulatto Man after due Proclamation made for that purpose, The Judge was pleased to declare and adjudge the said Mulatto man to be forfeited unto our Sovereign Lord the King, as having been imported into the said Island of Saint Christopher contrary to the provisions of an ACT OF PARLIAMENT made in the Forty Seventh year of the Reign of our said Lord the King, Intituled “An ACT for the ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE” as in the said Information particularly set forth; AND His Worship did decree and condemn the said Mulatto man to the use of our said Lord the King for the purpose only of divesting and barring all other property, right, title, or interest whatever which heretofore existed, or hereafter may be set up to the said Mulatto man, according to the force, form, and effect of the said ACT OF PARLIAMENT: All which is Ordered, Decreed, and Adjudged accordingly.
By the Court
Truly transcribed from the Copy I took of the Original
granted to & in possession of the aforesaid Charles Hamilton
who is at Present in England
Guadaloupe 3d Jan[uar]y 1816 William Hamilton