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(15.)—ADDITIONAL ARTICLES to the Commercial Treaty with the
King and Chiefs of the New Calabar River, dated October 2, 1850.*-September 15, 1855.
ART. I. That in one week from this date, it be deemed illegal for any supercargo to receive from a trader an irregular cask; that the trade puncheon be a regular 38-inch cask; and should any trader bring a regular cask of less dimensions and gallonage, he must make good the difference. Should he, however, dispute the guage of the supercargo, he may be allowed to take his cask of oil away.
II. That any breach of the above Article shall be punished as follows, viz. .-Any native offering such a cask for sale shall be fined one puncheon of palm oil, the puncheon in question to be held as security for the fine; and any white trader receiving or purchasing oil in such irregular cask be fined five puncheons of palm oil.
III. Should any trader dispute the fact of the puncheon being cut which has been offered for sale, the matter to be referred by both parties to the Chairman of the New Calabar Committee, who shall endeavour to settle the matter himself, but failing to do so to the satisfaction of both parties, shall call a meeting of the whole of the members, whose decision shall be final.
IV. Should any native trader object to the size of a cask which he is receiving from a supercargo, and that supercargo insist upon him taking it, he may, if he chooses, apply to the Chairman of the Calabar Committee to measure said cask, and should it be found to exceed a 38-inch cask, the cask shall be forfeited to said trader.
V. That Articles I. and II. of the Additional Treaties made on the 10th January last,t be from and after this date considered null, and void, and are hereby rescinded.
Given under our hands, on board Her Britannic Majesty's ship Minx, in the New Calabar river, this 15th day of September, 1855.
Bight of Biafra.
[And 8 Others]
(16.)— ADDITIONAL ARTICLE to the Bonny Commercial Treaty, duted
October 3, 18501.-- September 12, 1855. That from and after this date no supercargo trading in this river sball receive on board of bis vessel any native or refugee, without the consent of the Chiefs.
* Vol. XXXIX. Page 1045. + Page 542.
+ Vol. XXXIX. Page 1048.
Given under our hands on board Her Britannic Majesty's ship Philomel, in the River Bonny, this 12th day of September, 1855.
J. W. B. LYNSLAGER, Acting British Consul for
the Bight of Biafra. JOHN McN. SKENE, Commander and Senior Officer
of the Bights Division.
(17.)-- DECLARATION of King Eyo, of Creek Town, Old Calabar.
Creek Town, October 17, 1855. I, KING Evo HONESTY, of Creek Town river, Old Calabar, do hereby promise that in order to liquidate the trust now owing by me to the several supercargoes now laying in this river, that I will in future, from and after this date, pay to the said supercargoes my just and lawful debts in the following order, they being the vessels first in turn for payment, as the oldest outstanding debts, viz. :
Ship Sarah, Captain Crompton, supercargo.
Calabar, Captain Davies for Captain Calvert, deceased.
Mars, Mr. Morgan, supercargo.
„ Hants, Captain Straw, supercargo.
That each of these vessels shall receive in rotation the produce of one market each, to consist of 50 puncheons of good saleable palm oil.
And I do hereby promise that I will use my utmost endeavours to enforce the payment of all just debts due by the natives of this river to the above-named vessels, at the earliest opportunity of their obtaining oil for that purpose.
Given under my hand at Creek Town river, Old Calabar, this 17th day of October, 1855.
KING EYO HONESTY.
Bight of Biafra,
mark. JOHN EYO.
(18.)–ENGAGEMENT of King Eyo, of Creek Town, Old Calabar.
October 17, 1855. I, King Evo HONESTY, of Creek Town, River Old Calabar, do hereby certify that as it is necessary to have recourse to extreme measures for the liquidation of the debts owing to the British supercargoes by the natives of this river, which the supercargoes are unable to obtain, that in future, from and after this date, that I will consider it legal and just for any Creek Town trader to be detained by any supercargo for any debt any other Creek Town trader may owe him (the supercargo), and that the same rule shall hold good for Duke Town; only that no Creek Town man be detained for any Duke Town man, or any Duke Town man be detained for any Creek Town man; and that this shall be sufficient authority for so doing, until instructions be received from Her Britannic Majesty's Govern. ment by Her Britannic Majesty's Consul at Fernando Po.
Given under my hand at Creek Town, River Old Calabar, this 17th day of October, 1855.
KING EYO HONESTY. Signed before us, at Creek Town, Old Calabar, this 17th day of October, 1855.
J. W. B. LYNSLAGER, H.B.M.'s Acting Consul,
Bight of Biafra.
YOUNG EYO HONESTY; and 2 Others. (19.)—DECLARATION of King Duke Ephraim, of Duke Town, Old
Calabar.- October 19, 1855. I, DUKE EPHRAIM, of Duke Town, River Old Calabar, do hereby promise that in future, from and after this date, that a supercargo making a requisition to me to blow “ Egbo" on any native who may owe any vessel, that I will immediately blow such“ Egbo ” on any such native, and enforce the payment of such debt in the course of five months from this date.
Given under my hand, on board Her Britannic Majesty's steamvessel Minx, River Old Calabar, this 19th day of October, 1855.
KING DUKE. And 10 Chiefs.] Signed before us, on board Her Majesty's steam-vessel Minx, River Old Calabar, this 19th day of October, 1855.
J. W. B. LYNSLAGER, H.B.M.'s Acting Consul,
Bight of Biafra.
THOS. M. SIMPSON, Secretary to H.B.M.'s Consul, (20,)—AGREEMENT of the Chiefs of Dido and Acqua Towns,
Cameroons.—January 14, 1856. WE, John Acqua and Ned Dido, do guarantee, in presence of Her Britannic Majesty's Consul, that all palavers in our country being settled up to this day, to ask no reprisal of sacrifice or money for the two freemen killed in the late war, and bind ourselves in default by any penalty the Equity Court may inflict for the due performance of this contract.
Given under our hands, on board Her Majesty's steam-vessel Bloodhound, Cameroons River, this 14th day of January, 1856.
marks. Witnesses to the marks of Ned Dido and John Acqua:
THOS. J. HUTCHINSON, H.B.M.'s Consul for the
Bight of Biafra and the Island of Fernando Po. THOS. M. SIMPSON, Secretary to H.B.M.'s Consul.
[And 8 Others.]
(21.)—Bye-Laws for the better Regulation of Trading Matters
between the Supercargoes and Native Traders of the River Cameroons, passed at a Meeting held on board of H.M.'s steamvessel Bloodhound.—January 14, 1856.
ART. I. That an Equity Court be established in the River Çameroons, to keep in their integrity the following bye-laws and regulations; and that the Court shall consist of all the supercargoes, as well as of the Kings and traders, of the locality.
II. That the proposed Court-house be erected, and the ground purchased, at the joint expense of the supercargoes now trading in the river; to be considered British property, and under the protection of Her British Majesty's Consul, subject to the approval of Her Majesty's Government.
III. That this body have a monthly sitting, unless in special cases, to be summoned at any time; that a supercargo, each in his turn from seniority, be elected chairman for a month; and that a report of each meeting be forwarded to Her British Majesty's Consul, to Fernando Po.
IV. That these laws now entered into be complied with and respected by supercargoes absent from this river, or this meeting, at the time of their enactment, or afterwards to be here; and any native traders to “coine up,” to be bound by them also.
V. That the pative Kings and Chiefs pledge themselves, not pnly to pay their own debts, but to use their influence, each with his respective traders, to do the same, and that for their neglect of this they be subject to a fine, to be settled by the Court,
VI. That any three members of the Court have the power to make an appeal against its decisions, which appeal is to be deferred till the Consul’s next visit ; and that if, on examining this appeal, it be proved to be frivolous or invalid, the appellants are to be fined in the highest penalty the Court can inflict.
VII. That this Court shall apply the fines levied by it to the expense of its erection and keeping in order, or as the Court assembled may think fit.
VIII. That the Kings and Chiefs of Cameroons hereby solemnly pledge themselves to keep inviolate the Anti-Slave Trade Declaration made between Her Majesty's Government and the Kings of Cameroons on the 10th of June, 1840,* and to give information to any of Her Majesty's officers in the neighbourhood, of the presence of a slave-trader in Cameroons.
IX. That any supercargo or native, after receiving a formal Dotice to appear at the Court, refusing to attend, thereby setting the laws of the Court at defiance, shall be fined in the amount of five pieces of cloth, unless he can show clear cause for his absence.
X. That any native refusing to pay any fine that may be inflicted by the Court, shall be stopped from going on board any ship in the river, either for trade or any other purpose, and any supercargo refusing to pay a fine shall be denied the privileges of the Equity Court.
XI. That in the event of any native trader attempting to evade the penalty of the Court by non-appearance or otherwise, and notice of such defaulter being sent to all the masters, traders, or supercargoes in the river, such masters, traders, or supercargoes are hereby bound, under the penalty of 100 crews, to forbid such defaulter coming to his vessel for trade, or under any pretence whatever, and, if necessary, the final settlement to await the arrival of Her British Majesty's Consul.
XII. That all old palavers shall be considered as settled up to this date, and cannot be again brought forward to the detriment of trade.
XIII. That any vessel coming into the river for the purpose of trade, shall pay to the King, or headman, of the town at which he may choose to anchor, the amount of ten original crews for every 100 tons of the vessel's register; in special cases, or those of resident agents, their comey to be according as they may arrange it annually, or otherwise, with the King or headman of the town at which their cask-houses are situated ; and under no pretence shall any other King or headman demand any comey or dash whatever from such vessel; and also the said King or lieadman to supply the said ship with a suitable cask-house, on payment of five crews. XIV. That after the usual payment to the King or headman for
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