Parliamentary Debate on the slave trade.
By the steamship Europe
, which arrived at Halifax
on the 7th inst., we have the following:
In the House of Commons, on the 20th, Mr. Boxton
called attention to the increase of the Cuba
slave trade, and the importance of supplementing the exertions of the naval force on the African coast
by other measures, especially by the re-appointment of a Consul at Mozambique.
A general debate ensued, in which the Emperor Napoleon's free emigration schemes were denounced, some of the members contending that the introduction of coolies into the French
colonies might become worse than the slave trade.
hoped the Emperor
would now cooperate with England
in putting down the slave trade.
Recent events in America
would, he trusted, prevent American capital being embarked in the nefarious traffic.
said the slave trade would continue until it was made unprofitable.
He suggested a differential duty on slave-grown sugar.
Lord Palmerston said nothing but the progress of public opinion in other nations could destroy the trade; but he regarded the public opinion of France
as having of late considerably retrograded.
The Government was desirous of stopping the French
system of coolie trade in disguise; but the only alternative was the granting of facilities for the coolie emigration which would be carried out as an experiment, under the most approved regulations.
He regretted the Government
was not more successful in inducing the United States
to take more stringent measures to put down the traffic, which is chiefly carried on by American vessels.
He did not think a Consul at Mozambique would do much good, but the proposition was worthy of consideration.
The subject was then dropped.