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February 24, 2013

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ajay

I hadn't realised that the amounts involved were quite so huge - £20 million, 40% of total government spending! And my own idiot ancestor didn't see a penny of it, having manumitted all 200 of his slaves on moral grounds about 20 years before abolition.

ajay

What it reminds me of most strongly, actually, is Bevin (?) being asked how he would overcome the BMA's opposition to the foundation of the NHS, and replying "we will stuff their mouths with gold".

You can add to that the bill (and the butcher's bill) for the West Africa Squadron; quite apart from the cost of maintaining the squadron, it freed 150,000 slaves, and there was head money awarded (similar to prize money) of £5 per person.

Chris Williams

Not to mention that the 'sickly season' of anti-slavery patrols kept RN officer promotion going during the hideous post 1815 blockage. Also it enabled ex RN officers to stand for election on Liberal tickets, in the basis that they'd suppressed the trade. That Bartholemew Roberts, he freed quite a few slaves - til he was executed for premature anti-slavery.

Snark aside, abolition was a Good Thing, and worth remarking upon. Well done to Ajay's grandsire, too.

*inter alia.

ajay

Not to mention that the 'sickly season' of anti-slavery patrols kept RN officer promotion going during the hideous post 1815 blockage.

That was one of the reasons for the great Wave of Explorers that swept across northern Canada in the 1820s and 1830s from right to left (starting, correctly, in Hudson Bay) - ambitious young naval officers needed something dangerous to do to show they were worthy of promotion.

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