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

[Order in Council] At the court at the Queen's Palace, the 25th of November, 1807: Present, the King's Most Excellent Majesty in council.

His Majesty, taking into consideration the circumstances under which Portugal has been compelled to shut her ports against ships and goods of His Majesty's subjects, is pleased, by and with the advice of his privy council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, that all ships and goods belonging to Portugal which have been and are now detained in the ports of this kingdom or elsewhere, shall be restored, upon being pronounced by the High Court of Admiralty, or any Court of Vice-Admiralty in which proceedings may have been or shall be commenced, to belong to subjects and inhabitants of Portugal, and not otherwise liable to confiscation; and that such ships and goods shall be permitted to proceed to any neutral port or to Portugal; and it is further ordered, that the ships and goods belonging to Portugal shall not, until further orders, be liable to detention; provided such ships and goods shall be trading to and from any port in this kingdom, or to and from Gibraltar or Malta, and proceeding direct to the port specified in their clearances, or between neutral port and neutral port, or between Portugal and the ports of her own colonies, or from any port of His Majesty's allies, and proceeding direct to the port specified in their respective clearances; provided such ports shall not be at the time in a state of actual blockade; and it is further ordered, that the ships of Portugal shall not be considered as entitled, under any treaty between His Majesty and Portugal, to protect goods laden therein which may be otherwise subject to confiscation.

And the right honorable the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, and the Judges of the High Court of Admiralty and Courts of Vice-Admiralty, are to take the necessary measures herein as to them shall respectively appertain.



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