Dispatch of June 23rd 1813

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Dispatch of June 23rd 1813

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DOWNING-STREET
23d June, 1813

SIR,

I have the honour of enclosing an Order of Council, dated the 10th instant which it has been judged expedient to issue in consequence of the continuance of Hostilities between His Majesty and the United States of America.

By this Order you are authorized to grant licenses for the importation of certain articles enumerated in the Order, and for the exportation of certain articles also enumerated in the said Order, in the ship in which the importations aforesaid shall have been previously made.

This intercourse is to be subject to the condition stated in the Order, and to such instructions as you may, from time to time, receive from one of His Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State.

I am commanded by His Royal Highness the Prince Regent to signify to you, that, in granting the license for importation of the above enumerated articles, you take care that the articles, so to be imported be severally enumerated in the body of the license; that the port or place from whence the importation is to be made, and the port to which she is bound, be inserted in the body of the license; that is the person applying for the licence shall not be able to state the name f the vessel on board of which the proposed importation is to be made, the condition of the license should be, that the name of the vessel, the name of her master, her tonnage, and her national character, be endorsed n the license, on quitting her port of clearance, and that the condition of the license should also be, that se proceeds directly to her port of destination.

You will also take care that all licences under this order whether of import from or export to Ports of the United States be confined by express words in the body of the licence to ports not blockaded.

Although the Order of the council authorizes you to permit the importation of the enumerated articles in any vessel not French, you will not grant these licence to ay except to vessels in amity with His Majesty, unless you are convinced that the Isle of Dominica will be exposed to serious embarrassment by so confining the importation in question.

Whatever importations are proposed to be made under this Order from the United States of America should be by your licences confined to the ports of the Eastern States exclusively, unless you have reason to believe that the object of the Order would not be fulfilled if licences are not also granted for importation from the other ports belonging to the United States.

With respect to the licence for exportation on board the vessels in which an importation shall have been previously made, you will observe that the Order does not require that the port of destination in such case shall be the same as that from whence the importation had been made. But you will take care that in the body of the licence be inserted the name of the vessel, her tonnage, the name of her Master, and his national character, the port of clearance, and the port of destination, and the cargo be described in the body of the licence according to the words of the Order, viz. Rum, molasses, or any other goods and commodities whatsoever, except sugar, indigo, cotton-wool, coffee and cocoa.

You will take care that the term of the importation licence does not exceed the order under which it is granted, and that you do not issue and licence for exportation under this Order after that period. The fee payable for each licence is not in any case to exceed the sum of one pound one shilling.

I have the honour to be,
SIR,
Your most obedient
humble Servant,
“…”

Governor Ansile

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AT THE COURT AT CARLTON-HOUSE,

10th June, 1813,

PRESENT,

His Royal Highness the PRINCE REGENT in Council.

WHEREAS by an Act passed in the present Session of Parliament, intituled “An Act for empowering His Majesty to authorize the importation and exportation of certain articles into and from the West Indies, South America and Newfoundland, until six weeks after the commencement of the next Session o Parliament,” It is declare that it shall and may be lawful for His Majesty, from and after the passing of the said Act. And until six weeks after the commencement of the next Session of Parliament, by any Order or Orders in Council for the purpose to be issued, further to authorize the Governor or Lieutenant- Governor of any of the islands in the West Indies to His Majesty belonging (in which description the Bahamas and Bermuda or Somers Islands are included,) or of any of the island and territories to His Majesty belonging on the Continent of South America, to permit the importation of corn, grain, meal, flour, bread, biscuit, and rice into any of the said islands, ands and territories, in any unarmed ship or vessel not belonging to France, or to the subjects or inhabitants thereof, or any port or place annexed to the territories of France, and to export there from, in such ships or vessels, rum and molasses, and any other goods and commodities whatsoever, except sugar, indigo, cotton-wool, coffee and cocoa, subject to such regulations and restrictions as shall be contained in such order and orders., and to such instructions as the Governor or Lieutenant-Governor may, from time to time, receive from His Majesty, signified by one of His Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State; His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the name and on behalf of His Majesty, and by and with the advice of His Majesty’s Privy Council, is pleased further to authorize and empower the Governor or Lieutenant-Governor of any of the said islands, lands, and territories abovementioned, and they are herby respectively authorized and empowered to permit, until the 31st day of October next, the importation into the said islands, lands, and territories respectively, of corn, grain, meal, flour, bread, biscuit, and rice, in any unarmed ship or vessel not belonging to France, or to the subjects or inhabitants thereof, or any port or place annexed to the territories of France, under the licence of the said respective Governors, which they are hereby empowered to grant in His Majesty’s name, subject to such instructions as His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the name and on behalf of His Majesty, shall, from time to time, think fit to issue, to be signified by one of His Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State; and also to permit, under licences to be granted as aforesaid, the exportation from the said islands, lands, and territories into which such importation as aforesaid shall be made, of run and molasses, and any other goods and commodities whatsoever, except sugar, indigo, cotton wool, coffee and cocoa; Provided that such ships or vessels shall duly enter into, report and deliver their respective cargoes, and reload at such ports only, where regular custom houses shall have been established.

JAS. BULER


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