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

Order on Council. At the Court at the Queen's Palace, the 24th of May, 1809; Present, the King's Most Excellent Majesty in council.

Whereas, His Majesty was pleased, by his order in council of the 26th of April last, to declare certain ports and places of the countries which have been lately styled the kingdom of Holland, to be subject to the restrictions incident to a strict and rigorous blockade, as continued from His Majesty's former order of the eleventh of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven: and whereas, advices have been received of a certain provisional agreement entered into by His Majesty's envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary in America, with the Government of the United States, whereby it is understood, that His Majesty's orders in council of the seventh January, and of the eleventh of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven, shall be withdrawn, so far as respects the United States, on the tenth of June next:

And whereas, although the said provisional agreement is not such as was authorized by His Majesty's instructions, or such as His Majesty can approve, it may already have happened, or may happen, that persons being citizens of the United States may be led, by a reliance on the said provisional agreement, to engage in trade with and to the said ports and places of Holland, contrary to and in violation of the restrictions imposed by the said orders of the seventh of January, and of the eleventh of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven as altered by the order of the twenty-sixth of April last; His Majesty, in order to prevent any inconveniences that may ensue from the circumstances above recited, is pleased, by and with the advice of his privy council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, that the said several orders shall be suspended, so far as is necessary for the protection of vessels of the said United States, so sailing under the faith of the said provisional agreement, viz: That after the ninth day of June next, no vessel of the United States, which shall have cleared out, between the nineteenth of April last, and the twentieth July ensuing, for any of the ports of Holland aforesaid, from any port of the United States, shall be molested or interrupted in her voyage by the commanders of His Majesty's ships or privateers.

And it is further ordered, That no vessels of the United States, which shall have been cleared out from any port of America, previous to the twentieth of July next, for any other permitted port, and shall, during her voyage, have changed her destination, in consequence of information of the said provisional agreement, and shall be proceeding to any of the ports of Holland aforesaid, shall be molested or interrupted by the commanders of any of His Majesty's ships or privateers, unless such vessel shall have been informed of this order on her voyage, or shall have been warned not to proceed to any of the port of Holland aforesaid, and shall, notwithstanding such warning, be found attempting to proceed to any such port.

And it is further ordered, That after the said ninth day of June next, no vessel of the said United States, which shall have cleared out for or be destined to any of the ports of Holland, from any port or place not subject to the restrictions of the said order of the 26th of April last, after notice of such provisional agreement, as aforesaid, shall be molested or interrupted in her voyage by the commanders of His Majesty's ships or privateers, provided such vessel shall have so cleared out previous to actual notice of this order at such place of clearance, or, in default of proof of actual notice previous to the like periods of time, after the date of this order, as are fixed for constructive notice of His Majesty's order of the eleventh of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven, by the orders of the twenty-fifth of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven, and of the eighteenth of May, one thousand eight hundred and eight, at certain places and latitudes therein mentioned, unless such vessel shall have been informed of this order on her voyage, and warned by any of His Majesty's ships or privateers not to proceed to any port of Holland, and shall, notwithstanding such warning, attempt to proceed to any such port.

And His Majesty is pleased further to order, and it is hereby ordered, That the said several orders of the seventh of January, and eleventh of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven, as altered by the said order of the twenty-sixth of April last, shall also be suspended, so far as is necessary for the protection of vessels of the said United States which shall clear out to an ports not declared to be under the restriction of blockade from any port of Holland, between the ninth day of June, and the first day of July next; Provided always, That nothing that is contained in the present order shall extend or be construed to extend, to protect any vessels or their cargoes that may be liable to condemnation or detention for any other cause than the violation of the aforesaid orders of the seventh of January and the eleventh of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven, as altered by the said order of the twenty-sixth of April last.

Provided also, That, nothing in this order contained shall extend, or be construed to extend, to protect any vessel which shall attempt to enter any port actually blockaded by any of His Majesty's ships of war.

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.

STEPHEN COTTRELL.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series April 2003

 

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