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The Acts, Orders in Council, &c. of Great Britain [on Trade], 1793 - 1812

Instructions to the commanders of our ships of war and privateers that have or may have letters of marque against France, Spain, or the United Provinces.  Given at our court at St. James's, the 25th day of January, 1798, in the thirty-eighth year of our reign.

George R.

Whereas, by our former instructions to the commanders of our ships of war and privateers, dated the 8th January, 1794, we signified that they should bring in, for lawful adjudication, all vessels, with their cargoes, that were laden with goods the produce of the French West India Islands, and coming directly from any port of the said islands to any port in Europe; and likewise all ships, with their cargoes, that were laden with goods the produce of the said islands, the property of which goods should belong to subjects of France, to whatsoever ports the same might be bound; and that they should seize all ships that should be found attempting to enter any port of the said islands that was or should be blockaded by the arms of His Majesty or his allies, and should send them in, with their cargoes, for adjudication; and, also, all vessels laden wholly or in part with naval or military stores, bound to any port of the said islands, and should send them into some convenient port belonging to His Majesty, in order that they, together with their cargoes, might be proceeded against, according to the rules of nations; And whereas, in consideration of the present state of the commerce of this country, as well of that of neutral countries, it is expedient to revoke the said instructions, we are pleased hereby to revoke the same; and, in lieu thereof, we have thought it fit to issue these our instructions, to be duly observed from henceforth by the commanders of all our ships of war and privateers that have or may have letters of marque against France, Spain, and the United Provinces.

1. That they shall bring in, for lawful adjudication, all vessels, with their cargoes, that are laden with goods the produce of any island or settlement belong to France, Spain, or the United Provinces, and coming directly from any port of the said islands or settlements to any port in Europe, not being a port of this kingdom, nor a port of that country to which such ships, being neutral, shall belong.

2. That they shall bring in, for lawful adjudication, all ships, with their cargoes, that are laden with goods the produce of the said islands or settlements, the property of which goods shall belong to subjects of France, Spain, or the United Provinces, to whatsoever ports the same may be bound.

3. That they shall seize all ships that shall be found attempting to enter any port of the said islands or settlements that is or shall be blockaded by the arms of His Majesty, and shall send them in, with their cargoes, for adjudication, according to the terms of the second article of the former instructions, bearing date the 8th day of June, 1793.

4. That they shall seize all vessels laden wholly or in part with naval or military stores, bound to any port of the said islands or settlements, and shall send them into some convenient port belonging to His Majesty, in order that they, together with their cargoes, may be proceeded against, according to the rules of the law of nations.

By His Majesty's command:

PORTLAND.

 

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