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

Mr. Fox to Mr. Monroe.

Downing Street, April 8, 1806.

The undersigned, His Majesty's principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received His Majesty's commands to acquaint Mr. Monroe, that, in consequence of His Majesty the King of Prussia having taken possession of various parts of the electorate of Hanover, and other dominions belong to His Majesty, in a forcible and hostile manner; and having also notified, that all British ships shall be excluded from the ports of the Prussian dominions, and from certain other ports in the north of Europe, and not suffered to enter or trade therewith, in violation of the just rights and interests of His Majesty and his dominions, and contrary to the established law and practice of nations in amity with each other: His Majesty has judged it expedient to establish the most rigorous blockade at the entrances of the Ems, the Weser, the Elbe, and the Trave, and to maintain and enforce the same in the strictest manner, according to the usages of war, acknowledged and allowed in similar cases.

Mr. Monroe is therefore requested to apprise the American consuls and merchants residing in England, that the coast rivers, and ports above mentioned, 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 to accept the assurance of his high consideration.

C. J. FOX.


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