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lide, and as far as the 30th degree of West Longi. 1833 fade, reckoning from the Meridian of Paris : ! Second. All round the Island of Madagascar, to the extent of 20 Leagues from that Island:

Third. To the same distance from the Coasts of the Island of Cuba:

Fourth. To the same distance from the Coasts of the Island of Porto Rico:

Fifth. To the same distance from the Coasts of Brazil:

It was however understood that a suspected Vessel, described and begun to be chased by the Cruizers, while within the said space of 20 Leagues, might be searched by them beyond those Limits, if, without erer having lost sight of her, they should only succeed in coming up with her at a greater distance from the Coast :

And whereas by the IInd Article it was agreed, that the Right of searching Merchant Vessels of either of the 2 Nations in the Waters herein-before mentioned, should be exercised only by Ships of War whose Commanders should have the rank of Captain, or at least that of Lieutenant in the Navy: And whereas by the Ilrd Article it was agreed that the number of Ships to be invested with the said Right should be fixed each Year by a special agreement, that the number for each Nation need not be the same, but that in no case should the number of the Cruizers of the one Nation be more than double the number of the Cruizers of the other: and whereas by the IVth Article it was agreed, that The names of the Ships and of their Commanders should be communicated by each of the Contracting Governments to the other, and information should be reciprocally given of all changes which might take place in the Cruizers: and whereas by the Vth Article it was agreed that Instructions should be drawn up and agreed upon in common by the 2 Governments for the Cruizers of both Nations, which Cruizers should afford 0 each other mutual assistance in all circumstances IN which it might be useful that they should act in concert; and that the Ships of War authorized to exercise the reciprocal Right of Search should be brnished with a Special Authority from each of the Governments: and whereas by the VIth 'Article it

agreed, that whenever a Cruizer should have

1833 'chased and overtaken a Merchant Vessel, as li

suspicion, the Commanding Officer, before he proceed to the search, should exhibit to the of the Merchant Vessel the special Orders vyhich upon him, by exception, the right to visit her; case he should ascertain the Ship’s Papers to be lar, and her proceedings lawful, he should upon the Log Book of the Vessel that the searc place only in virtue of the said Orders; and these formalities having been completed, the should be at liberty to continue her course: and w by the VIIth Article it was agreed, that the captured for being engaged in the Slave - trade, being suspected of being fitted out for that inf Traffic, should, together with their Crews, be del over, without delay, to the Jurisdiction of the I to which they should belong; and it was furthe distinctly understood, that they should only be ji according to the Laws in force in their resp Countries: and whereas by the VIIIth Article i agreed, that in no case should the Right of n search be exercised upon the Ships of War of Nation; that the 2 Governments should agree particular Signal with which those Cruizers only s be furnished which were invested with that Right, which Signal should not be made known to any Ship not employed upon that service; and by the Article the High Contracting Parties to the said T agreed to invite the other Maritime Powers to ac to it within as short a period as possible; and by Xth Article it was agreed, that the then present vention should be ratified, and the Ratifications should be exchanged within 1 Month, or sooner it were possible: and whereas the said Convention ratified by and between His Majesty and His Maj the King of the French respectively, and such R cations were exchanged on the 16th day of Decer. 1831: and whereas a Supplementary Convention concluded between His Majesty and His Majesty King of the French for the more effectual suppres of the Traffic in Slaves, and signed at Paris on 22nd Day of March in the Year of our Lord 10 and whereas by the 1st Article of the said Sup mentary Convention it was agreed, that wheneve

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Merchant Vessel navigating under the Flag of one of 1833 the said 2 Nations should have been detained by the Cruizers of the other, duly authorized to that effect, conformably to the Provisions of the said Convention of the 30th day of November in the year 1831, such Merchant Vessel, and also her Master, her Crew, her Cargo, and the Slaves who might be on board, should be carried to such places as should have been appointed by the Contracting Parties respectively, in order that Proceedings might be there instituted respecting them, agreeably to the Laws of each Country, and that they should be delivered over to the Authorities appointed for that purpose by the respective Governments; and that when the Commander of the Cruizer should not think proper to take upon himself the carrying in and delivering up the detained Vessel, he should not entrust that duty to an Officer' below the rank of Lieutenant in the Navy: And whereas by the Ilnd Article of the said Supplementary Convention it was greed, that the Cruizers of the 2 Nations authorized o exercise the Right of Visit and Detention, in execution of the Convention of the 30th day of November 1831, should, in all that relates to the formalities of the Visit and of the Detention, as well as to the measures to be taken for delivering up Vessels suspected, of being engaged in the Slave-trade to the respective Jurisdictions, conform strictly to the Instructions anhered to the said Supplementary Convention, and which should be considered as an integral part thereof; and une said 2 High Contracting Parties reserved to themsites the power of making in those Instructions, by common consent, any modifications which circumstances might render necessary: and whereas, in conformity with the Ilnd Article of the said Supplementary ConLention, it was agreed, that the Instructions next folmoking should be annexed to the said Supplementary Convention, and considered as an integral portion thereof; (that is to say,)

Instructions to Cruizers.. And whereas by the IIIrd Article of the aforesaid pplementary Convention it was agreed that it was early understood, that if the Commander of a Cruizer " one of the 2 Nations should have reason to suspect

1833 that a Merchant Vessel navigating under Convoy of

in Company with a Vessel of War of the other Nati had engaged in the Slave - trade, or had been fitt out for the said Trade, he should make known suspicions to the Commander of the Convoy or Ves of War, who should proceed alone to visit the suspect Vessel, and in case the latter Commander should fi that the suspicion was well founded, he should cau the Vessel to be taken, together with her Master, h Crew, and the Cargo and the Slaves who might on board, into a Port of his own Nation, in ord that Proceedings might be instituted with regard them agreeably to the respective Law: And where by the IVth Article of the aforesaid Supplementa Convention it was agreed, that as soon as any Mercha Vessel detained and sent before the Tribunals aforesai should arrive at one of the Ports respectively pointe out, the Commander of the Cruizer which should har detained her, or the Officer appointed to bring her in should deliver to the Authorities appointed for tha purpose one Copy signed by him of all the List Declarations, and other Documents specified in th before-mentioned Instructions annexed to the said Sup plementary Convention; and the said Authorities shoul in consequence proceed to a survey of the detaine Vessel and her Cargo, and to an inspection of he Crew and of the Slaves who might be on board, afte having previously given notice of the time of such survey and inspection to the Commander of the Cruizer or to the Officer who should have brought in the Ves sel, in order that he or some Person in his behal might be present thereat; and that a declaration o such proceedings should be drawn up in duplicate signed by the Persons who should have acted therein or been present at the same, and one of the said declarations should be delivered to the Commander of the Cruizer, or to the Officer who should have been appointed to bring in the detained Vessel: and whereas by the Vth Article to the aforesaid Supplementary Convention it was agreed, that the Vessels detained as before mentioned, their Masters, Crews, and Cargoes, should be forthwith proceeded against before the proper Tribunals in the respective Countries, according to the established forms, and if, in consequence

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Asach proceedings, the said Vessels should be found 1833 ho have been employed in the Slave - trade, or to have been fitted out for the purposes thereof, the Master, he Crew, and the Accomplices, as well as the Ship Ind Cargo, should be dealt with conformably to the espective Laws of the 2 Countries; and that in case be said Vessel should be confiscated, a portion of be proceeds arising from their sale should be paid to the bands of the Government to which the Captor dould belong, to be distributed among the Officers and Crew of the capturing Ship; that this portion should be 65 per centum of the net 'produce of the sale, as long as such a distribution of the proceeds hould be consistent with the respective Laws of the Countries: and whereas by the VIth Article of the aid Supplementary Convention it was agreed, that us Merchant Vessel of either of the 2 Nations visited od detained in pursuance of the Convention of the oth of November 1831, and of the Provisions hereindelore recited, should, unless proof were given to the witrary, be held and taken of right to have engaged in the Slave - trade, or to have been fitted out for the purposes of such Traffic, if any of the particulars derein - after specified should be found in her outfit ir equipment, or on board of her': videlicet,

First. Having her hatches fitted with open graa. lings, instead of being close hatches, as usual in Merchant Vessels :

Second. Having more divisions or bulk heads in the hold or on deck than necessary for trading Vessels.

Third. Having on board spare planks, either ac- ' tually fitted in that shape, or fit for readily laying a second or moveable deck, or slave deck:

fourth: Having on board shackles, bolts, or

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Fifth. Having on board a supply of water more han sufficient for the consumption of her Crew as a

Merchant Vessel:

Sixth. Having on board an unreasonnable num-' of water casks or other vessels for holding water, ess the Master should produce a Certificate from Custom House of the place at which he cleared Sards, stating that a sufficient security had been ven by the Owners of such Vessel that such casks

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