Bandinel, James (DNB00)

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BANDINEL, JAMES (1783–1849), writer on slavery, born in 1783, was son of James Bandinel, a doctor of St. Peter's, Oxford. Bulkeley Bandinel [q. v.], keeper of the Bodleian Library, was his elder brother. James Bandinel was a clerk in the Foreign Office for some fifty years, from which he retired shortly before his death on a full pension. In 1842 he published ‘Some Account of the Trade in Slaves from Africa, as connected with Europe and America,’ and dedicated the book to Lord Aberdeen, the then foreign secretary. It describes, first, ‘the introduction of the African slave trade into Europe, and progress of it among European nations;’ secondly, ‘the abandonment of the slave trade by England;’ and thirdly, ‘the efforts of the British government with other governments to effect the entire extinction of the trade.’

James Bandinel died on 29 July 1849 at his residence in Berkeley Square, at the age of 66.

[Annual Register, 1849; Bandinel, On the Slave Trade, 1849.]

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