Illegal Actions for Belligerent Ship Outfitting in American Ports, to Extend to Neutral Nations & Most American Ships

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Date July 1, 1794
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Samuel Huntington (primary) Location: Connecticut
Summary Establishes a uniform principle of what outfitting actions taken by belligerent European ships in American ports are illegal. Any alterations to guns or creation of new carriages or portholes are illegal. Describes how a British privateer was made to conform to these rules. To keep neutrals from outfitting privateers for belligerents, these bans are extended to all vessels. Declares that American ships are neutral, and should not be outfitted in similar fashions unless they can prove the necessity of such preparations. Encloses a further rule on privateers sailing out of U.S. ports and a Congressional act for punishing crimes [neither is included].
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Related Persons/Groups Sam Huntington; Henry Knox; British privateer; belligerents; neutral nations; the Governor of Connecticut; ;
Related Places Connecticut; states; War Department; American ports; Philadelphia; United States; ;
Keywords ships; guns; carriages; portholes; vessels; ;
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