Catalogue reference: CO 23/94/6 folio 25. Crown Copyright.
AS His said late Majesty King George the Fourth in and by His Royal Order in Council made and given at the Court of Windsor on the nineteenth day of July which was in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five, after reciting as hereinbefore is recited, did by and with the advice of His Privy Council, Order that all slaves or Persons who had heretofore been, or who should or might at any time thereafter be so condemned, as aforesaid as Prize of War or as forfeited to the sole use of His said late Majesty, His Heirs or Successors for the purpose aforesaid, under or by virtue of the said recited Act of Parliament, or under or by virtue of any other Act of Parliament theretofore in force for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, whom it had not been found practicable or convenient to bind as Apprentices to any Person or Persons resident in such Colonies or Plantations, or to enter or enlist into His Majesty’s Land or Sea Service, and who were then living, or who should, at any future time, be placed under the protection of the Collector or other chief officer of Customs in any of
His Majesty’s said Colonies or Plantations, should, by Indentures to be for that purpose from time to time executed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor or
other person for the time being administering the Government of any such Colony or Plantation, be bound as Apprentices for any term not exceeding seven years to such Collector or other Chief Officer of Customs, upon the terms and conditions and subject to the regulations therein and hereinafter mentioned: NOW
THEREFORE this indenture Witnesseth that the said Blayney Towney Balfour, Lieutenant Governor as aforesaid, by virtue of the Powers and authorities
to him given and granted in and by His said late Majesty’s Royal Order in Council herein before recited, made and given in pursuance of the aforesaid statute here-
inbefore also recited, hath put out and bound and doth hereby put out and bind a certain male African named Pompey Dala, about the Age of 10 years, 4 feet 2 inches in height, marked Ť on left breast, or by whatsoever other name, age, height or marks the said Pompey Dala, shall hereafter be known or distinguished, and on the twenty seventh day of October last past, which was in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, to wit, at His Majesty’s Colony or settlement of Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Africa, by a certain sentence of condemnation in the British and Portuguese Mixed Commission Court, then and there established and sitting for the trial and adjudication of certain Slave captures, pronounced and declared to be emancipated, in pursuance of, and for the purposes in and by the subsisting treaties between His Majesty and the King of Portugal, in this behalf, provided and set forth:- and being number 234 of the cargo of the Portuguese ship or vessel called the “Hebe,” whereof a certain Domingo Jose d’ Almeida was, or was alleged to be the master, Apprentice to the said James Walker Collector of the Customs as aforesaid, from the date hereof for and during the term of Seven Years, to serve the said James Walker, Collector a s aforesaid, in some art, trade, mystery or occupation in the Island of New Providence, or some other island within this government ; provided always and it is hereby declared and agreed, that the said James Walker, Collector of the Customs as aforesaid, is by this Indenture bound and required to provide to the best of his power, and not further or otherwise, for the employment and instruction of the said Apprentice in such Art, Trade, Mystery or occupation in which it may be found practicable to employ or instruct him. And that this Indenture and the said Apprentice may be assigned by the said James Walker, Collector of the Customs aforesaid, to any other person within the said Island of New Providence or other is-land within this government as aforesaid whom he may think proper to be entrusted with such Apprentice at any time within the said term of Seven years for the residue of such term.