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Hungarian people a powerful aid, by extremely'at heart to confer with our contributing with generosity to the states about matters connected with

the internal administration of the kingentire conviction, that our faithful dom. Moreover, the faithful s States states, listening only to the zeal which whom we assure of our imperial and they have inherited from their fore- royal good-will, shall learn our intenfathers, and to that love of country to tions more in detail from the proposiwhich no sacrifice is too costly, will tions which we shall transmit to them." adopt, in order to second our paternal

FOX90 intentions, the only object of which is the universal welfare of the nations Maritime Decree of Napoleon. which Providence has entrusted to us, measures which shall be adequate to In the name of his Majesty the Emthe state of the royal dignity, to the peror of the French, &c. the commisglory, the celebrity, and the grandeursion of the government, established by of the monarchy; and thus to that of the decree of the 18th of December, our well-beloved Hungarian people, 1810, considering the decree of his which is in effect contributing to the majesty, dated 26th of December, welfare of individuals, and the general 1810, ordering that a maritime admi. prosperity.

nistration and navigation police should “ We are the more inclined to ex be established in the Hanseatic depart. pect from you favourable arrange- ments, conformably to the laws and ments for the execution of our pater. regulations in existence in France, up. nal plans, upon which, as you know, on the report of the counsellors of depend not only the happiness of the state, intendant of the interior and fiHungarians, but also the maintenance nances, decrees as follows :of their constitution ; inasmuch as we Art. 1. There shall be taken throughwitnessed the zeal which you display. out the Hanseatic departments, a par. ed in the late wars which we support. ticular account of French citizens who ed, when

exerted all


efforts are destined to navigation. to avert the dangers which threatened Art. 2. The offices for maritime in. our empire, with which was so closely scription are provisionally established connected the peril of the Hungarian at Hamburgh, for Hamburgh and monarchy. We have, therefore, from Luneburg ; at Travemunde, for the the first, reckoned upon the efficacious arondissement of Lubeck ; at Stadte, co-operation of the States of Hungary for the arondissement of Stadte ; at for the re-establishment of our finan. Bremerlehe, for the department of the ces. All our views tend only to the mouth of the Weser; and at Varel, general good, without which, the pros. for the department of the Upper Ems. perity of individuals is illusory, but Art. 3. There are comprehended in we mean not to demand of the States the maritime inscription, any thing more than is required by an 1. Sailors of every description, wheindispensable necessity.

ther navigating armed or merchants' “ In fine, we doubt not that you ships. yourselves are fully persuaded, that 2. Those who navigate, or are fishthe aids which we ask will be employ. ermen. ed solely for the good of our people, 3. Those who sail in harges or boats, and, especially, of the Hungarian nas upon the coasts or in the roads, rivers, tion; and that, this great and difficult or canals, comprehended in the mari. object being terminated, we have it time districts,

Art. 4. There shall be included in ships and arsenals of the empire, and the maritime inscription every citizen, the merchants' vessels. ini Saged 18,' who has fulfilled one of the Art. 11. The length of service in following conditions:

the three departments, either in the 1. The having performed two long merchants' service, or on board ships * voyages, or to the grand fishery, of war, shall be computed agreeably 32. Having been at sea eighteen to article 205 of the imperial decree of months.

the 4th of July, 1811, as if it had t"> 3. Having been employed in the taken place on board French ships, coasting fishery two years.

and give the same right to balf-pay 4. Having served two years appren- and pensions upon the invalid marine ticeship to the sea.

chest. Art. 5. All foreign sailors residing Art. 12. The widows and children in the territory of the empire, who of sailors shall have the same clains have married French women, and sail. to assistance and succours, as those of ed in French merchant-ships, are sub- military men who died in the service. ject to the maritime inscription.

Art. 13. All captains, &c. navigaArt. 6. The already mentioned sail- ting the rivers, or on the coasts of the ors are bound to present themselves at 328 military division, will from hence the office of maritime inscription, in to the 1st of November next, provide the district where they reside, and themselves with a role d'equipage, at have their names inscribed.

the maritime office of inscription.' Art. 7. Carpenters, sail-makers, &c. Art. 14. Every captain, &cé who, exercising their professions in the ma. after the 1st of November, sails upon ritime ports and places, shall be called the rivers, coasts, &c. of the 32d mito the military posts in the event of litary division, and has not conformed war, preparations for war, or of extra- to the dispositions of the present de. ordinary or considerable works. There cree, shall be punished with eight days shall be kept an exact registry in the imprisonment, without prejudice to offices of inscription, and they shall be still greater penalties, should there be exempt from all other requisitions than occasion to inflict them. those relative to the maritime service. Given at the palace at Hamburgh,

Art. 8. Every French citizen com- Sept. 17. prehended in the maritime inscription (Signed) The Marshal Prince of is exempt from all other services, than

ECKMUHL. those of the navy, marine, arsenals, "and the national guard, in the arondissement of their districts.

Lisbon, October 28th. p"? Art. 3. Every sailor who has attained the full age of 50 years, is, by right, exempt from the requisition for the ships or arsenals of the empire ; It having been represented to the without, however, losing the power of Prince Regent, our Lord, that many scontinuing the employment of fishing, persons, forgetful that the defence of or even serving in'the ships of the state. their country is a sacred duty dictated sí. Art. 10. There shall be granted to by reason and nature, resort to all enrolled sailors, pensions, occording means in order to escape from the reto their rank, age, wounds, or infirmi. cruiting service, even retiring from this ties. These pensions will be fixed ac. kingdom in vessels which leave its cording to their services on board the ports, on board which they are admits



ted without the necessary passports, dom without passports from the above or with such passports as are incon- secretaries of state; and that a copy siderately given to them, notwithstand of the present edict shall be sent to sing the laws and proclamations which each of the said consuls, signed by the have repeatedly prohibited the same; intendant-general of police.," and his Royal Highness being desirous 5. Lastly, that the masters of foof preventing such a shameful and reign ships, who carry out any Poripernicious abuse, particularly at a tugueze without the above-mentioned moment when the greatest efforts are passport, shall be liable to a tine of necessary to repel and frustrate the 1000 cruzadoes, to be paid into the attempts of the common enemy: exchequer; that the boatmen who

He has thought fit, in conformity take them on board the said ships, be sto the regulation of the 9th of January, low the tower of Belem, shall be çon.

1792, to direct, that during the con- demned to the loss of their boats, sails, tinuance of the present war, the edicts &c. for a period of two years; and, of the 6th of September, 1645, of the that no one may plead ignorance of Sth of February, the 4th of July, and the present edict, it shall be published the 5th of September, 1646, and of by the intendant of police, both in this

the 6th of December, 1660, be strictly capital and in the provinces ; the said sand entirely observed ; and he has re- intendant being charged with the exesolved in consequence,

cution of the same, as well as all the 1st. That no minister resident in civil and military authorities in their this capital, or in the provinces, shall several departments. grant passports to leave the kingdom ; Signed by the Four Lorda-Gom and that

who claim them shall

vernors of the Kingdom. apply only to his Royal Highness, Palace of Government, through his secretaries of state for Oct. 10th, 1811, foreign affairs and for war, or for the

naval service, conformably to every such applicant's situation in life. Washington City, Tuesday, Nov. 5th.

2. That all and every person, a subject of this kingdom, who leaves it The President of the United States without a passport from one or other this day communicated, by Mr Edof the above secretaries of state, shall ward Coles, his private secretary, the incur the punishment of denaturaliza- following message to Congress tion, and the loss of his property and honours; the simple fact of departure Fellow Citizens of the Senate and of sufficing to incur such pains, without the House of Representatives, any sentence or declaration what- In calling you together sooner than

a separation from your homes would 3. That the captains and masters otherwise have been required, I yieldof Portugueze vessels shall be bound ed to considerations drawn from the to make declaration on oath, that the posture of our foreign affairs; and in individuals named in their respective fixing the present for the time of your ship-lists really belong to their crew, meeting, regard was had to the prounder a penalty of 200,000 reis. bability of further developments of the

4. That the consuls of foreign na- belligerent powers towards this countions oblige the captains of foreign try, which might the more unite the ships to give security that they will national councils in the measures to be not carry away Datives of this king- pursued...

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At the elose of the last session of proofsof such a change, and to proceed, eongress, it was hoped that the suc- in the mean time, in adapting our mea. wessie confirmations of the extinction sures to the views which have been dis, of the French decrees, so far as they closed through that minister, will best violated our neutral commerce, would consult our whole duty. have induced the government of Great In the unfriendly spirit of those disa Britain to repeal its orders in council; closures, indemnity and redress for and thereby authorize a removal of the other wrongs have continued to be existing obstructions to her commerce withheld; and our coasts and the with the United States.

mouths of our harbours have again Instead of this reasonable step to witnessed scenes, not less derogatory, wards: satisfaction and friendship be to the dearest of our national rights tween the two nations, the orders were, than vexatious to the regular course at a moment when least to have been of our trade. expected, put into more rigorous exe- -Among the occurrences produced cution, and it was communicated, by the conduct of British ships of war through the British erivoy just arrived, hovering on our coasts, was an encount: that, whilst the revocation of the edicts ter between one of them and the Ame. of France, as officially made known to rican frigate commanded by Captain. the British government, was denied to Rodgers, rendered unavoidable on the have taken place, it was an indispen- part of the latter, by a fire commenced sable condition of the repeal of the Bri- without cause by the former ; whose tish orders, that commerce should be commander is, therefore, alone charge., restored to a footing, that would admit able with the blood unfortunately, the productions and manufactures of shed in maintaining the honour of the Great Britain, when owned by neus American flag. The proceedings of trals, into markets shut against them a court of enquiry, requested by Capt. by her enemy; the United States be- Rodgers are communicated; toge ing given to understand, that, in the ther with the correspondence relating mean time, a continuance of their don to the occurrence, between the Secres importation act would lead to measures tary of State and his Britannic Majesen of retaliation.

ty's envoy. To these are added, the At a later date, it has, indeed, ap- several correspondences which have peared, that a communication to the passed on the subject of the British British government, of fresh evidence orders in council; and to both, the of the repeal of the French decrees correspondencerelating to the Floridas, against our neutral trade, was follow. in which Congress will be made aco ed by an intimation, that it had been quainted with the interposition which transmitted to the British plenipoten- the government of Great Britain has : tiary here, in order that it might re- thought proper to make against the ceiver full consideration in the depend. proceedings of the United States, ing discussions. This communication The justice and fairness which haven appears, not to have been received ; been evinced on the part of the United. but the transmission of it hither, in- States towards France, both before stead of founding on it an actual re- and since the revocation of her de,, peal of the orders, or assurances that crees, authorized an expectation that the repeal would ensue, will not per- her government would have followed mit us to rely on any effective change up that measure by all such others, in the British cabinet. To bę ready were due to our reasonable claims, as, to meet with cordiality satisfactory well as dictated by its amicable pros:

fessions. No proof, however, is yet the general security. The works of given of an intention to repair the defence on our maritime frontier have other wrongs done to the United accordingly been prosecuted with am States; and, particularly, to restore activity leaving little to be added for the great amount of American pro- the completion of the most important perty seized and condemned under ones; and, as particularly suited for edicts, which, though not affecting co-operation in emergencies, a portion our neutral relations, and therefore, of the gun-boats have, in particular. not entering into questions between harbours, been ordered into use. The the United States and other bellige- ships of war before in commission, rents, were nevertheless founded in with the addition of a frigate, have such unjust principles, that the repa. been chiefly employed as a cruising ration ought to have been prompt and guard to the rights of our coast; and ample,

such a disposition has been made of In addition to this and other de- our land forces, as was thought to pro. mands of strict right on that nation, mise the services most appropriate and the United States have much reason important: In this disposition is in.' to be dissatisfied with the rigorous and cluded a force, consisting of regulars unexpected restrictions to which their and militia, embodied in the Indiana. trade with the French dominions has territory, and marched towards our been subjected; and which, if not dis- north-western frontier. This measure continued, will require at least corre. was made requisite by several murders. sponding restrictions on importations and depredations committed by In-1 from France into the United States, dians; but more especially by the mea

On all those subjects our minister nacing preparations and aspect of a plenipotentiary, lately sent to Paris, combination of them on the Wabash, has carried with him the necessary in- under the influence and direction of a structions ; the result of which will be fanatic of the Shawanese tribe. With communicated to you; and by ascer- these exceptions, the Indian tribes ree taining the ulterior policy of the French tain their peaceable dispositions towards government towards the United States, us, and their usual pursuits. will enable you to adapt to it that of I must now add, that the period is the United States towards France. arrived, which claims from the legisla

Our other foreign relations remain tive guardians of the national rights a without unfavourable changes. With system of more ample provisions for Russia, they are on the best footing of maintaining them.--Notwithstaoding friendship. The ports of Sweden have the scrupulous justice, the protracted afforded proofs of friendly dispositions moderation, and the multiplied efforts towards our commerce in the councils on the part of the United States, to : of that nation also. And the informa. substitute, for the accumulating dan: tion from our special minister to Den- gers to the peace of the two countries, mark, shewy, that the mission had been all the mutual advantages of re-estari: attended with valuable effects to our blished friendship and confidence, we citizens, whose property had been so have seen that the British cabinet

perso extensively violated and endangered by severes, not only in withholding a re, cruisers under the Danish flag. medy for other wrongs, so long and so

Under the ominous indications which loudly calling for it, but in theexecution', commanded attention, it became a duty brought home to the threshold of outra to exert the means-committed to the territory, of measures which, uuder, executive department, in providing for existing circumstances, have the cha

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