Congressional Edition Volume . 4206, 3

Congressional Edition Volume . 4206, 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...a disposition to deviate from them in some of the most material points, the governments which had preserved a neutral course in the contest became alarmed at the danger with which their maritime rights were threatened by the encroachments and naval supremacy of England, and the Empress of Russia, at their head, undertook to unite them in the defense of those rights. On the 28th February, 1780, she issued her celebrated declaration, containing the principles according to which the commanders of her naval armaments would be instructed to protect the neutral rights of her subjects. Those principles were as follows: "1st. Neutral vessels may freely sail from port to port, and on the coasts of the nations parties to the war. "2d. The goods belonging to the subjects of the said nations at war are, with the exception of contraband articles, free on board neutral vessels. "3d. With respect to the definition of contraband articles, the Empress adheres to the provisions of the 10th and 11th articles of her treaty of commerce with Great Britain, and extends the obligations therein contained to all the nations at war. "4th. To determine what constitutes a blockaded port, this denomination is confined to those the entrance into which is manifestly rendered dangerous in consequence of the dispositions made by the attacking power with ships stationed and sufficiently near. "5th. These principles are to serve as a rule in proceedings and judgments with respect to the legality of prizes. "This declaration was communicated to the belligerent Governments with a request that the principles it contained should be observed by them in the prosecution of the war. From France and Spain it received the most cordial and more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 903g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787390
  • 9781236787392