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

Order in Council   Circular

Downing Street, November 9, 1812.


I have the honor of enclosing an order of council, which it has been judged expedient to issue, in consequence of the existing hostilities between His Majesty and the United States of America.  By this order you are authorized to grant licenses for importation of certain articles enumerated in the order, and for the exportation of certain articles in the same order, in the ships in which the importation shall be made.

This intercourse is to be subject to the condition stated in the order, and such instructions as you may, from time to time, receive from one of His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State.  I am commanded by His Royal Highness the Prince Regent to signify to you that, in granting the licenses for importation of the above enumerated articles, you take care that the articles so to be imported be severally enumerated in the body of the license; that the port or place from whence the importation is to be made, and the port to which the vessel is bound, are also to be inserted in the body of the license.

That if the person applying for the license shall not be able to state the name of the vessel on board of which the proposed importation is to be made, the condition of the license should be, that the name of the vessel, the name of the master, her tonnage, and her national character, be endorsed on the license on quitting her port of clearance, and that the condition of her license should also be, that she proceed direct for the port of her destination.

Although the order in council authorizes you to permit the importations of he enumerated articles in any vessels not French, you will not grant these licenses to any except to vessels in amity with His Majesty, unless you are convinced that the island will be exposed to serious embarrassments by so confining the importation in question.

Whatever importations are proposed to be made, under the order, from the United States of America, should be by your licenses confined to the ports in the EASTERN STATES EXCLUSIVELY, unless you have reason to suppose that the object of the order would not be fulfilled if licenses are not also granted for the importations from the other ports in the United States.

With respect to the licenses for exportation on board the vessels in which an importation shall have been previously made, you will observe that the order does not require that the port of destination in such cases shall be the same as that from whence the importation had been made; but you will take care that in the body of the license be inserted the name of the vessel, her tonnage, the name of the master, and her national character, the port of clearance, and the port of destination; and that the cargo be described in the body of the license, according to the words of the order, viz: rum, molasses, or any other goods and commodities whatsoever, except sugar, indigo, cotton wool, coffee, and cocoa.

You will take care that the term of the import license does not exceed the term of the order on which it is granted, and that you do not issue any license for exportation under this order after that period.

I have the honor to be, sir, your most obedient humble servant,

To Lt. Col. Governor Harcourt, &c.


Placed on the Napoleon Series April 2003


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