Extension of Ban on Foreign Ships' Mounting Arms in American Ports

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Date July 1, 1794
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Governor Josiah Bartlett (primary)
Summary Discusses a uniform policy on belligerent nations' ships equipping themselves in American ports. Notes that the mounting of new guns and/or carriages is forbidden, though also noting the difference between procuring new ones in port and mounting armaments carried on board. Describes a case in which a British ship was made to conform to these regulations; extends the ban on mounting armaments to all foreign ships, even neutrals, to prevent abuses. Notes that the U.S. itself is a neutral nation, and in fairness most of its vessels should not be armed, unless receiving special permission (after demonstrating need) to do so.
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Related Persons/Groups Josiah Bartlett; Henry Knox; Governor New Hampshire; Secretary of War; His excellency; citizen; President United States; congress; George Washington; ;
Related Places War Department; New Hampshire; Britain; belligerent nations; American ports; neutrals; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords British ship; policy; guns; gun carriages; mounting; prohibitions; armaments; foreign ships; armed vessels; ;
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