In a letter, King Eyamba V of Calabar (Nigeria) proposes marriage to Britain’s Queen Victoria. He has received a letter from her urging that his kingdom cease trading in slaves and instead cultivate spices and agricultural products. She wrote that England would buy these products, while also offering military protection to his country. His translator mistakenly read “Queen of England” beneath her signature as “Queen of All White People.” In his letter of reply, Eyamba describes himself as “King of All Black People,” and says their marriage would allow them to rule the world. He orders a second throne built, and commands his court to wear imitation English clothes. Queen Victoria will respond by writing that her interest is strictly in trade relations.