France: Decrees on Trade 1793-1810
General Armstrong to Mr. Smith.
Washington, December 27, 1810.
The enclosed documents, marked 1 and 2, were intended to have made part of my last communication. The paper entitled Avis au commerce, &c. (notice to merchants,) contains a tariff of the new duties payable in France, and shows, besides, what are the articles admissible there. If this paper has no other value, it will be found important from the illustration it gives to that passage of the Duke of Cadore's letter to me of the 12th of September last, in which he says that "American vessels loaded with merchandise, the growth of the American States, will be received without difficulty into the ports of France." It is also in perfect concert with the practice of the French custom-house, in the case of the ship Ida, coming from Boston with a cargo of cotton.
I am, sir, &c.
Hon. Robert Smith, Secretary of State.
Notice to Merchants on the Sale of the 1st of August, 1810.
Note.—The additional tenth is not comprised in the above duties.
The document, of which the above is a translation, is in print; and under the words "Custom-house duties," ("Droits de Douane,") are in manuscript the following words, viz: "by decree of the 5th August, 1810."
Decrees of the French Agents in the West Indies.
1797. August 1.—Making horses contraband.
1797. February 1.—Authorizes the capture of American vessels bound to certain West India islands.
1797. November 27.—Authorizes the capture of American vessels going to, or coming from, English ports.
1805. February 5.—Declares that all persons found on board vessels bound to, or coming from, any ports in Hispanola, occupied by the rebels, shall suffer death.
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