Research Subjects: Government & Politics



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

Mr. Merry to Mr. Madison.

Washington, April 12, 1804.


Mr. Thornton not having failed to transmit to His Majesty's Government an account of the representation which you were pleased to address to him under date of the 27th October, last year, respecting the blockade of the islands of Martinique and Guadaloupe, it is with great satisfaction, sir, that I have just received His Majesty's commands, signified to me by his principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, under date of the 6th January last, to communicate to you the instructions which have, in consequence of your representation, been sent to Commodore Hood, and to the judges of the Vice-admiralty courts in the West Indies.

I have, accordingly, the honor to transmit to you, sir, enclosed, the copy of a letter from Sir Evan Nepean, secretary to the Board of Admiralty, to Mr. Hammond, His Majesty's Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, specifying the nature of the instructions which have been given.

His Majesty's Government doubt not that the promptitude which has been manifested in redressing the grievance complained of by the Government of the United States, will be considered by the latter as an additional evidence of His Majesty's constant and sincere desire to remove any ground of misunderstanding that could have a tendency to interrupt the harmony which so happily subsists between this Government and that of the United States.

I have the honor to be, &c.


[Evan Nepean's Letter.]

Admiralty Office, January 5, 1804.


Having communicated o the Lords of the Admiralty, Lord Hawkesbury's letter of the 23rd ultimo, enclosing the copy of a despatch which his lordship had received from Mr. Thornton, His Majesty's chargé d'affaires in America, on the subject of the blockade of the islands of Martinique and Guadaloupe, together with the report of the Advocate General:

Thereupon, I have their lordships' commands to acquaint you, for his lordships information, that they have sent orders to Commodore Hood not to consider any blockade of those islands as existing, unless in respect of particular ports which may be actually invested, and then not to capture vessels bound to such ports, unless they shall previously have been warned not to enter them, and that they have also sent the necessary directions on the subject to the judges of the Vice-admiralty courts in the West Indies and America.

I am, &c.


George Hammond, Esq.


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