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In Britain a legal judgment confirms that no British subject or company may own or sell slaves abroad

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In London, the Court of Common Pleas decided the case of Santos v. Illidge, a dispute over contracts between a British mining company and a Brazilian labor contractor, in favor of the British defendants.  The court also ruled that British use of slave labor abroad as well as any purchase, ownership, and selling of slaves by British individuals or companies overseas over the past thirty-five years had been illegal since 1824.  A Briton could come into ownership of another human being only by inheritance or marriage.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 

 Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 98-99.