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

Circular from Lord Harrowby to the ministers of the neutral nations in London, communicated to Colonel Monroe.

Downing Street, August 9, 1804.

The undersigned, His Majesty's principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received His Majesty's commands to acquaint Mr. Monroe, that the King has judged it expedient (for the protection of his subjects and the annoyance of his enemies) to establish the most rigorous blockade at the entrances of the ports of Fécamp, St. Vallery-aux-Caux, Dieppe, Treport, the Somme, Etaples, Boulogne, Calais, Gravelines, Dunkirk, Nieuport, and Ostend, and to maintain and enforce the same in the strictest manner, according to the usages of war acknowledged in similar cases.  Mr. Monroe is therefore requested to apprise the American consuls and merchants residing in England, that the entrances of the above-mentioned ports are, and must be considered as being in a state of blockade; and that from this time all the measures authorized by the law of nations, and the respective treaties between His Majesty and the different neutral Powers, will be adopted and executed with respect to vessels attempting to violate the said blockade, after this notice.

The undersigned requests Mr. Monroe, &c. &c.



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