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Britain and Ireland; We, according to the engagements which we have contracted by the same Treaty, and conformably to what We have already ordained by our gracious Proclamation of 7th February, 1823, do hereby, in the most express manner, renew to all our Subjects the prohibition already issued, in the above-mentioned Ordinance, to partake in any way whatever in the Slave Trade:
Wherefore, We graciously ordain and command, that those concerned do conform exactly, both to the above-mentioned Ordinance and to the contents of the before-mentioned Treaty, for the suppression of a traffick so disgraceful to humanity.
Let all those concerned obediently conform to these presents, for the further confirmation of which we have signed them with our own hand, and affixed thereto our Royal Seal.
Palace of Stockholm, 21st July, 1825. (L.S.) C. D. SKOGMAN.
ACT of Congress " to provide for the adjustment of Claims
of Persons entitled to indemnification, under the 1st Article of the Treaty of Ghent, and for the distribution, among such Claimants, of the sum paid, and to be paid, by the Government of Great Britain, under a Convention between The United States and His Britannick Majesty, concluded at London, on the 13th of November, 1826."—Approved, 2d March, 1827.
Sect. I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the President of The United States shall be, and he is hereby authorized, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint three Commissioners, and one Clerk, who shall constitute a Commission, to carry into effect the
of this Act. II. And be it further enacted, that all records, documents, and other papers, which were in possession of the Commissioners, constituting the Mixed Commission under the Treaty of Ghent, so far as the same are under the control of the Government of The United States, shall be delivered to the Commissioners under this Act.
III. And be it further enacted, that the said Commissioners, or a majority of them, with their Clerk, shall convene in the City of Washington, on the 10th day of July next, and shall proceed to execute the duties of their Commission, and the Secretary of State shall be, and he is hereby, authorized and required, forthwith, after the passing of this Act, to give a notice of the said intended meeting, to be published in one or more Publick Gazettes in the City of Washington, and in the States from which the property of Claimants who have heretofore re. gistered their Claims, shall have been taken.
IV. And be it further enacted, that the said Commissioners shall proceed, immediately after their meeting in the City of Washington, with all convenient despatch, to arrange and docket the several Claims, and to consider the evidence which shall have been or which may be offered by the respective Claimants, allowing such further time for the production of such further evidence as they may require, as they shall think reasonable and just; and they shall thereupon proceed to determine such Claims, and to award distribution of the said fund among the several Claimants, according to their respective rights.
V. And be it further enacted, that the said Commissioners shall be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered, to make all needful rules and regulations, not contravening the laws of the land, the provisions of this Act, or the provisions of the said Treaty and Convention for carrying their said Commission into full and complete effect.
VI. And be it further enacted, that the said Commissioners shall be entitled to, and allowed, the sum of 3000 dollars per annum, each; and the Clerk of the said Commission shall be entitled to, and allowed the sum of 1500 dollars per annum, during the continuance of the said Commission; and the President of The United States shall be, and he is hereby, authorized to make such provision for the incidental expenses of the said Commission as shall appear to him reasonable and proper; and the said salaries and expences shall be paid out of any money in the Treasury, not otherwise appropriated.
VII. And be it further enacted, that the said Commissioners and Clerk, shall severally take an oath for the faithful performance of the duties of their respective offices.
VIII. And be it further enacted, that the Commission hereby created shall not continue after the end of the next Session of Congress.
IX. And be it further enacted, that the payment of such Claims as may be admitted and adjusted by the said Commissioners, or the major part of them, to an amount not exceeding 1,204,960 dollars, shall be made out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated : that is to say, so soon, and as often, as any of the said Claims shall be adjudged to be valid, and the principal amount shall be ascertained, there shall be paid on such Claims, respectively, a sum equal to 75 per centum of the principal sums thereof, so ascertained; and at the termination of the time hereby fixed for the dissolution of the Board, or such earlier dissolution thereof as may be determined upon by the Board itself, after it shall have examined and decided upon all the Claims aforesaid, the balance of all such sums as shall be adjudged to the Claimants, shall be paid : Provided, the whole sum adjudged or awarded to them, collectively, shall not exceed the aforesaid sum of 1,204,960 dollars; and if the whole sum adjudged or awarded shall exceed that amount, the Claimants shall, respectively, receive in proportion to the sums awarded to them respectively, a part of the balance thereof remaining for distribution.
X. And be it further enacted, that all moneys already received, and all which shall hereafter be received, under the Convention aforesaid, signed at London on the 13th of November, 1826, shall be paid into the Treasury of The United States.
XI. And be it further enacted, that as soon as the said Commission shall be executed and completed, the records, documents and all other papers in the possession of the Commission, or its officers, shall be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State.
XII. And be it further enacted, that all Claims which were deposited in the Department of State, and by mistake omitted to be placed on the definitive list delivered to the former Commissioners, shall be, and are hereby required to be added thereto; and the said Claimants shall be entitled to the same rights and benefits as if such Claims had been placed on the said definitive list, in terms of the 3rd Article of the Convention concluded at St. Petersburgh, on the 12th day of July, 1822.
PROCLAMATION of The President, prohibiting inter
course between The United States and certain British Colonial Ports-17th March. 1827.
Whereas by the 6th Section of an Act of Congress, entitled, “ An Act to regulate the Commercial intercourse between The United States and certain British Colonial Ports,” which was approved on the 1st day of March, in the year of our Lord, 1823, it is enacted, “ that this Act, unless repealed, altered, or amended, by Congress, shall be and continue in force so long as the above enumerated "British Colonial Ports shall be open to the admission of the Vessels of The United States, conformably to the provisions of the British Act of Parliament of the 24th of June last, being the 44th Chapter of the Acts of the 3d year of George the Fourth. But if at any time the trade and intercourse between The United States and all or any of the above enumerated British Colonial Ports, authorized by the said Act of Parliament, should be prohibited by a British Order in Council, or by Act of Parliament, then, from the day of the date of such Order in Council, or Act of Parliament, or from the time that the same shall commence to be in force, Proclamation to that effect having been made by the Pre
sident of The United States, each and every provision of this Act, so far as the same shall apply to the intercourse between The United States, and the above enumerated British Colonial Ports, in British Vessels, shall cease to operate in their favour; and each and every provision of the Act concerning Navigation, approved on the 18th of April, 1818, and of the Act supplementary thereto, approved on the 15th of May, 1820, shall revive and be in full force.”
And, whereas, by an Act of the British Parliament, which passed on the 5th day of July, in the year of our Lord, 1825, (Cap. 105.) entitled “ An Act to repeal the several laws relating to the Customs,”? the said Act of Parliament of the 24th June, 1822, was repealed; and by another Act of the British Parliament, passed on the 5th day of July, in the year of our Lord, 1825, in the 6th year of the reign of George the Fourth, (Cap. 114.] entitled “ An Act to regulate the trade of the British Possessions abroad,” and by an Order of His Brie tannick Majesty in Council, bearing date the 27th of July, 1826, the trade and intercourse authorized by the aforesaid Act of Parliament, of the 24th of June, 1822, between The United States and the greater part of the said British Colonial Ports therein enumerated, have been prohibited upon and from the 1st day of December last past, and the contingency has thereby arisen on which the President of The United States was authorized by the 6th Section aforesaid of the Act of Congress of the 1st of March, 1823, to issue a Proclamation to the effect therein mentioned :
Now, therefore, I, John Quincy Adams, President of the United States of America, do hereby declare and proclaim, that the trade and intercourse authorized by the said Act of Parliament of the 24th of June, 1822, between The United States and the British Colonial Ports enumerated in the aforesaid Act of Congress of the 1st of March, 1823, have been, and are, upon and from the 1st day of December, 1826, by the aforesaid two several Acts of Parliament, of the 5th of July, 1825, and by the aforesaid British Order in Council of the 27th day of July, 1826, prohibited.
Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this 17th day of March, in the year of our Lord, 1827, and the 51st of the Independence of The United States. By the President.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. H. CLAY, Secretary of State.
BRITISH Order in Council, relative to the Privileges granted
to Foreign countries of trading with the British Possessions Abroad.-16th July, 1827.
At the Court at Windsor, the 16th day of July, 1827,
PRESENT, THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL.
WHEREAS by a certain Act of Parliament passed in the 6th Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled “ An Act to regulate the trade of the British Possessions abroad,” [Cap. 114.] after reciting, that “ by the Law of Navigation Foreign Ships are permitted to import into any of the British Possessions abroad, from the Countries to which they belong, goods, the produce of those Countries, and to export goods from such Possessions to be carried to any Foreign country whatever, and that it is expedient that such permission should be subject to certain conditions,” it is enacted, “ that the privileges thereby granted to Foreign Ships shall be limited to the Ships of those Countries which, having Colonial Possessions, shall grant the like privileges of trading with those Possessions to British Ships, or which, not having Colonial Possessions, shall place the Commerce and Navigation of this Country, and of its Possessions abroad, upon the footing of the most favoured Nation, unless His Majesty, by His Order in Council, shall in any case deem it expedient to grant the whole or any of such privileges to the Ships of any Foreign Country, although the conditions aforesaid shall not in all respects be fulfilled by such Foreign Country.”
And whereas by an Order of His Majesty in Council, bearing date the 3d day of May, 1826, after reciting, that within the Dominions of His Majesty the King of Prussia, the Commerce and Navigation of this Country, and of its Possessions abroad, have been placed upon the footing of the most favoured Nation, His Majesty was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to declare, that the Ships of and belonging to the Dominions of His Majesty the King of Prussia were entitled to the privileges so granted as aforesaid by the Law of Navigation, and might import from such the Dominions of His Majesty the King of Prussia, into any of the British Possessions abroad, goods, the produce of such Dominions, and might export goods from such British Possessions abroad to be carried to any Foreign Country whatever :
And whereas by an Order of His Majesty in Council, bearing date the 1st day of June, 1826, after reciting, that the conditions mentioned and referred to in and by the said Act of Parliament, had not in all respects been fulfilled by the Government of France, but that, neverless, His Majesty, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, did deem it expedient to grant certain of the privileges aforesaid to the Ships of France; His Majesty did, therefore, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, and in pursuance and exercise of the powers