During a whole twelvemonth, M r . Hoppner vainly pressed the Portuguese Government to take this step ; addressing to them during that period, four official representations in writing on the subject, and speaking to them repeatedly. M . Sampayo verbally assured him, that the wishes of the British Government should be complied with. But nothing was done in accordance with that assurance ; and M r . Hoppner was never able to elicit a written answer.*

On the 26th December, 1832,† Mr.Hoppner was instructed by Lord Palmerston to press the Portuguese Government to agree to a stipulation, for breaking up condemned slavevessels ; the Portuguese Minister verbally

offered no objection to the proposal; but on this point also he abstained from giving a written answer.