Research Subjects: Government & Politics



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

Order in Council. Blockade of Copenhagen.

Mr. Canning to Mr. Pinkney.

Foreign Office, May 4, 1808.

The undersigned, His Majesty's principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received His Majesty's command to acquaint Mr. Pinkney that His Majesty has judged it expedient to establish the most rigorous blockade of the port of Copenhagen, and of all the other ports in the island of Zealand. Mr. Pinkney is therefore requested to apprise the American consuls and merchants residing in England, that the entrances of all the ports above mentioned 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 all vessels attempting to violate the said blockade after this notice.

The undersigned requests Mr. Pinkney to accept the assurances of his high consideration.




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