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

Instructions to the commanders of our 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 January, 1794.

George R.

Whereas, by our former instructions to the commanders of our ships of war and privateers, dated the 6th day of November, 1793, we signified that they should stop and detain all ships laden with goods the produce of any colony belonging to France, or carrying provisions or other supplies for the use of any such colony, and should bring the same, with their cargoes, to legal adjudication:  We are pleased to revoke the said instruction, and, in lieu thereof, we have thought it fit to issue these, our instructions, to be duly observed by the commanders of all our ships of war and privateers that have or may have letters of marque against France:

1. That they shall bring in, for lawful adjudication, all vessels, with their cargoes, that are laden with goods the produce of the French West India Islands, and coming directly from any port of the said islands to any port in Europe.

2. That they shall bring in, for lawful adjudication, all ships, with their cargoes, that are laden with goods the produce of the said islands, the property of which goods shall belong to subjects of France, to whatsoever ports the same may be bound.

3. That they shall seize all ships that shall be found attempting to enter any port of the said islands that is or shall be blockaded by the arms of His Majesty or his allies, and shall send them in, with their cargoes, for adjudication, according to the terms of the second article of the former instructions, bearing date the 8th day of June, 1793.

4. That they shall seize all vessels laden wholly or in part with naval or military stores, bound to any port of the said islands, and shall send them into some convenient port belonging to His Majesty, in order that they, together with their cargoes, may be proceeded against, according to the rules of nations.

 

 

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