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Fines arising, as well from the said Publication, as from our present Decree, shall devolve one third part thereof to the Colony Chest, one third part to the Fiscal's Office, and one third part to the Officer who has charge of the Registers.

XXXII. This Decree shall be considered to be put in force from the 1st of this month, and those concerned shall be obliged to give in Lists of all increases or decreases that have occurred in the number of their Slaves, from the 1st of this month to the day they give in these Lists, which is to be done within a fortnight, for as far as regards the Town of Paramaribo, and within a month for as far as relates to the further Part of the Colony, both to be reckoned from the day of the publication of this Decree.

And our Minister for the Navy and Colonies is charged with the execution of this Decree, and the same shall be made known to our Minister of Justice, and to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Given at The Hague, this 4th day of January, in the Year 1826, the 13th of Our Reign.

WILLIAM. By His Majesty's Command, J. G. de Mey van STREEFKERK. Agrees with its Original, The Greffier at the State Secretary's Office, A true Copy,

L. H. ELIAS SCHOVEL. The Secretary-General of the Ministry for the Navy and Colonies,

QUARLES VAN UFFORD.

And we, therefore, furthermore, adhering to the limitations of the Publication of the Governor and Court of the 18th August, 1823, Official Paper No. 5, have ordained the Five Forms of Declarations hereafter mentioned, to be observed by all and every one at the giving in of their Declarations, according to the tenour of His Majesty's afore. written Decree, for which end the said Forms shall be obtainable at the Office of the Capitation Tax, viz :

1. Form of declaring the Birth of Slaves. 2. Form of declaring the Death of Slaves.

3. Form of declaring the Increase of one's Slaves, arising from purchase or any other title.

4. Form of declaring the Decrease of one's Slaves, arising from sale or any other title. 5. Form of declaring the Pledging of Slaves.

And do Command and Order that these Presents shall be duly published, affixed, inserted in the Official Papers, and in the Newspapers of this Colony, and also sent round through the different Divisions and Districts of this Colony, from Plantation to Plantation, and be made generally known by these means, in order that every one do regulate himself hereafter: And we do, in the Name of His Majesty the King, forbid the transgression of His Majesty's aforewritten Laws within this

Colony, under the penalties therein mentioned, the execution whereof shall be strictly and severely attended to.

Done at Paramaribo, in the Colony of Surinam, the 19th of April, in the Year 1826, the 13th of His Majesty's Reign. DE VEER By His Excellency's Command,

The Secretary of Government, J. G. RINGELING. Published the 21st next ensuing,

The Secretary of Government, J. G. RINGELING. Translated from the Official Paper issued and published in this Colony,

J. G. RINGELING, Paramaribo, the 31st July, 1826.

Sworn Translator. No. 129. Seen for legalisation of the Signature of J. G. Ringeling, Esq. sworn Translator in this Colony.

The Major-General, Governor of Surinam, Paramaribo, the 31st July, 1826.

DE VEER. By His Excellency's Command,

The Secretary of Government, J. G. RINGELING.

(Enclosure 2.)- Publication of the Governor of Surinam, 5th May, 1826.

(Translation.) 1826. OFFICIAL PAPER.

No. 2. Publication. Whereby are extended Article 32, also Articles 3 and 30, of the De

cree of His Majesty the King, of the 4th of January, 1826, No. 92, regarding the Registers of the Slave Population in this Colony, put in force by the Publication contained in the Official Paper of this Year, No. 1.

We, Abraham de Veer, Knight of the Order of the Belgic

Lion, Major-General in the Service of His Majesty the
King of The Netherlands, Governor of the Colony of
Surinam, and Commander-in-Chief over the Land and Sea

Forces within the same, &c. &c. &c.
To all who shall see or hear read these Presents, greeting, be it known :

WHEREAS experience has taught that a longer period than that which has been hereto prefixed, is required to establish and keep the Registers of the Slave Population amplified with a column of Mutations, and, through those means, duly to execute the limitations of the Decree of His Majesty the King, dated 4th of January of this Year, No. 92, published in this Colony on the 21st of April last, and contained in the Official Paper of this Year, No. 1, and further to continue the same by the booking of the Mutations that have occurred from the 1st of January of this Year, and will occur in future, as is prescribed to be done by the limitations of His Majesty's said Decree; likewise, that longer periods must be granted for the sending in of the Declarations from Plantations, in order not to expose the Planter to the loss of the labour of his able workmen, through the necessity of sending, at every occasion, Boats to Paramaribo to carry over the said Declarations.

And whereas, by virtue of the Order given to us by His Excellency the Minister, by his Letter of the 24th of January last, No. 983, to adopt the most proper measures for the due, as well as for the speedy, execution of the Limitations made by the aforesaid Royal Decree, we have, with the advice of our confidential Court, resolved to provide for the aforewritten impediment by means of further limitations, to the best effect.

Therefore, we do amplify and extend the Limitations of Article 32 in particular, and also of Article 3, and of Article 30, of the said Decree, and accordingly do ordain as follows:

Art. I. To establish the Registers of the Slave Populat on, amplified with a column of Mutations, as prescribed by the King's Decree of the 4th of January, 1826, No. 92, and the writing of the said Registers, time is allowed to the last of the Month of July of this Year to the Officer appointed for the said Registers, to whom two Assistants are added; and the said Registers must be in readiness at that time.

II. The period of 14 days and of a month, within which, according to Article 32 of the aforesaid Royal Decree, the Declarations are prescribed to be done, of all increases and decreases occurred in the number of the Slaves, from the 1st of January of this Year to the day of the giving in of the Declaration, shall be reckoned to begin with the Ist of the month of August of this Year; and the said Declarations must be given in to the Registration Office within the first 14 days, as for Paramaribo, and before the last day of that month, as for Plantations; and all Declarations of each Deponent must be contained in one Document, according to the forms prescribed.

III. A period of a month is, by extension, granted, instead of 14 days, to give in the Declarations ordained by Article 3 of the Decree, from elsewhere than Paramaribo; it being, however, understood, that such Declarations shall contain all the Mutations that have occurred from the first to the last of each month.

IV. A period of 14 days is granted, instead of that of 3 days, stipulated by Article 30 of the Decree, to the giving in of the Declarations by the Inhabitants of the Upper and Lower Districts of Nickerie, to the Land-Drost, and to the Drost of the said Districts; this, however, only for'as far as the said Inhabitants reside on Plantations.

V. In the Cases stated in Articles 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15, of the said Decree, wherein Extracts of the Registers are required, it will, during the intercourse or interlapse from the publication of the Decree on the 21st of April last to the 31st of the month of July next, inclusive, suffice to produce Certificates of the Office of the Capitation

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Tax to prove that the Slave or Slaves thereby concerned is or are known on the Yearly Lists.

And for the rest, all the Limitations of His Majesty's aforesaid Decree remain in full force and effect.

And we do ordain and command that these Presents be duly published, affixed, inserted in the Official Papers, and in the Newspapers of this Colony; also, that Copies of the same be sent to circulate from Plantation to Plantation, through the several Divisions and Districts of this Colony, arid be made generally known, through these means, that every Person do conform to the same.

Done at Paramaribo, in the Colony of Surinam, the 5th of May, in the Year 1826, the 13th of His Majesty's reign. DE VEER. By command of His Excellency the Secretary of Government,

J. G. RINGELING.
Published on the 6th thereunto next ensuing.
The Secretary of Government,

J. G. RINGELING. Translated from the printed Copies issued in this Colony of Surinam. Paramaribo, the 1st of August, 1826.

J. G. RINGELING,

Sworn Translator.

(Enclosure 3.)-Publication of the Governor of Surinam.-(Translation.)

Paramaribo, Wednesday, the 19th April, 1826.--No. 80. N.B. It is hereby requested, that, at the citing of these Presents, the Date and Number of the same be likewise punctually mentioned.

We, Abraham de Veer, Knight of the Order of the Belgic Lion,

Major-General in the Service of His Majesty the King of The Netherlands, Governor of the Colony of Surinam, and Commander-in-Chief over the Land and Sea Forces within the

same, &c. &c. &c. Having read the Letter, dated 24th January of this Year, Littera J. No. 983, of His Excellency the Minister for the Navy and Colonies, wherein His Excellency encloses to us a Copy of the Decree of His Majesty the King, dated the 4th of the said month of January, No. 92, by which it has pleased His Majesty to make some further Limitations and Provisions to amplify the Slave Registers in this Colony, in order to serve as an efficacious curb against the Slave-trade, and further, His Excellency, as being entrusted with the execution of the said Decree, empowers us to adopt the most proper measures for the speedy and due execution of the Limitations therein contained, and furtherinore, His Excellency, as empowered by His Majesty, authorizes us to fix and appoint a Salary for the Publick Officer, designated in Articles 23, 24, and 25, of His Majesty's Decree, and who is to be nominated by us to do the work arising from the said Decree, a minimum of the fees, which

said Functionary has to demand and receive for his profit, according to the tenour of the said Article 23, on which said minimum accordingly he might reckon and rely as a stated income, and with regard whereto His Excellency the Minister will expect our Report and Proposal, in order to solicit His Majesty's sanction thereon:

Having heard the deliberations and advice of our confidential Court; Have found proper and resolved :

In fulfilment of the aforesaid Ministerial Order, and to the putting into effect of the aforesaid Decree of His Majesty, dated 4th January of this Year, No. 92, to issue and execute the following Publication, as its tenour purports ;

(F. J.)

[See the Official Paper of this Year, No. 1.] Under higher sanction, by alteration of the Clause of Article 23 of the aforesaid Royal Decree ; to order, as we do by these Presents, that the fees designated and alluded to by the said Article shall be held to the profit of, and paid to the Publick Treasury in this Colony, and that instead thereof, a stated Salary shall be appointed and allowed to the Publick Officer, who, according to Article 24 of the Decree, is to be nominated to do the work of the Registers, on which stated Salary the same might reckon and rely as a stated income, over and above which the one third part of all fines to be incurred and arising from His Majesty's said Decree, as well as from the Publication of the Governor and Court of the 18th August, 1823, contained in the official Paper of that Year, No. 5, remains allowed to the said Functionary in pursuance of Article 31 of the said Decree;

To nominate and appoint, as we do nominate and appoint by these Presents, A. A. Boers, Esq. at present Archivist at the Secretary's Office of the Court of Policy and Criminal Justice of this Colony, as Publick Officer, to do the work of the said Registers, according to the Limitations of the said Decree, on a fixed Salary of 12,000 Guilders, Surinam currency, yearly, to be reckoned from the 21st of this month; also on the one-third part of the afore-mentioned eventual fines; and the said A. A. Boers shall accordingly resign the said Office of Archivist, and the Yearly Salary of 4,000 Guilders, Surinam currency, thereunto attached, shall cease with the 20th of this month;

To cause Copies of these Presents to be sent to all the competent Authorities, with Conductory Letters, where requisite, in order duly to execute the Limitations of these Presents, and of the afore-mentioned Publication ;

To cause a Copy hereof to be sent to the nominated Publick Offi. cer Boers, to serve as his Commission, to whom it is hereby enjoined to be sworn to the Office upon him conferred; also to fill and send in before the last of this month to the Board of Administration of the Peu

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