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France: Decrees on Trade 1793-1810

Extract from the registers of the special agency of the Executive Directory to the Windward islands.

Equality.              Liberty.

The special agents of the executive Directory to the Windward islands:

Considering that the laws, as well ancient as modern, forbid neutrals to carry the enemy contraband or prohibited merchandises;

Considering that notwithstanding the complaints of the minister plenipotentiary of the French republic near the United States of North America, of which he has informed us by his letter of the 2nd July, 1796; those States, and especially Virginia, have fitted out vessels, loaded with horses, for the English;

Decree, that from this day forward, all vessels loaded with merchandises, designated by the name contraband, as arms, instruments, munitions of war, of what kind soever, horses and their furniture, shall be stopped by the ships of war and privateers, to be seized and confiscated for the benefit of the captors.

At Basseterre, Guadaloupe, August 1, 1796.

Signed on the register,

VICTOR HUGUES.

LEBAS.

Compared with the register:

VAUCHELET, Secretary of the Agency.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series March 2003

 

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