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

Additional instructions to the commanders of His Majesty's ships of war and privateers that have or may have letters of marque against France.  Given at our court at St. James's, the eighth day of June, 1793, and in the thirty-third year of our reign.

George R.

1st.  That it shall be lawful to stop and detain all vessels laden wholly or in part with corn, flour, or meal, bound to any port in France, or any port occupied by the armies of France, and to send them to such ports as shall be most convenient, in order that such corn, meal, or flour, may be purchased on behalf of His Majesty's Government, and the ships be released after such purchase, and after due allowance for freight; or that the masters of such ships, on giving due security, to be approved of by the Court of Admiralty, be permitted to proceed to dispose of their cargoes of corn, meal, or flour, in the prts of any country in amity with His Majesty.

2nd.  That it shall be lawful for the commanders of His Majesty's ships of war and privateers, that have or may have letters of marque against France, to seize all ships, whatever be their cargoes, that shall be found attempting to enter any blockaded port, and to send the same for condemnation, together with their cargoes, except the ships of Denmark and Sweden, which shall be prevented from entering on the first attempt, but on the second shall be sent in for condemnation likewise.

3rd.  That in case His Majesty shall declare any port to be blockaded, the commanders of His Majesty's ships of war and privateers that have or may have letters of marque against France, are hereby enjoined, if they meet with ships at sea, which appear from their papers to be destined to such blockaded port, but to have sailed from the ports of their respective countries before the declaration of the blockade shall have arrived there, to advertise them thereof, and to admonish them to go to other ports; but they are not to molest them afterwards, unless it shall appear that they have continued their course with intent to enter the blockaded port, in which case they shall be subject to capture and condemnation: as shall likewise all ships whatsoever found, that shall appear to have sailed from their ports, bound to any port which His Majesty shall have declared to be blockaded, after such declaration shall have received notice of the blockade in any manner, and yet shall have pursued their course with intent to enter the same.

 

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