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SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ASIATIC SAILORS EMPLOYED IN THE EAST INDIA TRADE
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Address to the public on behalf of a projected society for the protection of the Asiatic sailors employed in the East India trade, while in this country.
London: printed by H. Teape, [1814].
3, [1] p. ; 37.2 cm. (2°)

Folded sheet, final page blank. Drop-head title. Dated 'London, 14th of March, 1814'. Treasurer, 'Edward Forster, Esq'; secretary 'George Knight', of the Society of Friends. Following the renewal of the Charter of the East India Company in 1813 and the defeat of Napoleon in 1814, regulations concerning the registration of the East India fleet based in India excluded Indian seamen from British citizenship for the purpose of the Navigation Acts, precluding the employment of all-lascar crews on ships bound for Britain. Nonetheless, the repeal of Warren Hasting's ordnances of 1783 for regulating the employment of lascars in Company shipping combined to leave those so employed in dire straits, and by 1814 there were some 1500 lascars destitute in London alone, many dying on the streets. Their plight won considerable public support but it was not in fact until 1857 that another group of philanthropists succeeded in establishing a 'Strangers' Home' for housing the lascars in Limehouse.

Copy Notes Previously folded as a letter addressed in ink John Soane Esqr / Lincolns Inn Fields.

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 6086


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