General Instructions to the Consuls and Commercial Agents of the United States

General Instructions to the Consuls and Commercial Agents of the United States

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...extraordinary and internuncios, in the second; ministers resident in the third; and charges d'afl"aires at the bottom of the scale, (Martens, Guide Diplomatique, tom. i, p. 1, ch. 3): but in doing this, we relinquish no rights. Regulations which we did not participate in, we accept or not as we please. Of course, we can by no means admit that ambassadors, and they only, have a representative character. Whatever in Europe may be the arbitrarily assumed relation of any foreign minister to the sovereign of his country, all ministers, duly appointed and commissioned by the constitutional authorities, are alike the direct "representatives," as they are aptly termed in the statute before me, of the United States. The republic of the United Provinces has had its ambassadors 'in the courts and congresses of Europe; so may they be had by the republic of the United States. In truth, neither the power nor the functions of a public minister with us have the least regard to his title. That, and the salary, are questions of dignity only. None of our ministers have, in strictness, full powers, because they are confined by their instructions, and still more by the limited powers of the federal government, from which ensues the necessity of limited powers to each one of its functionaries. Within the range of constitutional authority, they have such powers as the President sees fit to grant, and no more. On the other hand, whatever their title of dignity, and whatever the salary allowed to support that more or less 'of dignity, they are, each and all, in virtue of their commissions under the great seal of the United States, the unquestionable representatives pro tanto of the sovereignty of the United States. To complete...
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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236951042
  • 9781236951045