FO 84: Foreign Office: Slave Trade Department and successors: General Correspondence before 1906


Records created and inherited by the Foreign Office. Collection held by The National Archives, Kew.

The Foreign Office, from 1782 to 1968, was responsible for correspondence and negotiations with other states and the conduct of British foreign policy.

FO 84 is the main Foreign Office series relating to diplomatic efforts on the suppression of the slave trade 1816 - 1892.

"The Slave Trade Department was originally concerned with executing the various treaties for the suppression of the slave trade which arose out of the Congress of Vienna, 1814-1815. Its work was initially expected to be temporary and it was not placed on the establishment of the Foreign Office until 1841." (For more information, please visit the National Archives at:


  • The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre (The Harriet Tubman Institute)