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Augmentation of force in foreign vessels

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: Misc Collection view image
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Date July 1, 1794
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name George Mathews (primary)
Summary Issues direction pertaining to the arming of foreign vessels in U.S. ports, which Knox considers unlawful augmentation of force.
Document Format Copy of Signed Document
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Related Persons/Groups George Mathews; Henry Knox; Governor of Georgia; Secretary of War; belligerent nations; neutral nation; President United States; George Washington; citizen United States; ;
Related Places War Department; Philadelphia; Georgia;
Keywords arming of foreign vessels; unlawful augmentation of force; guns; gun carriages; port holes; construction; British Letter; vessel; sides; stern; rule; fitting out; equipping; act of congress; armed; sail; crimes; punishment; ;
Key Phrases additional guns mounted; hold of the said vessel; cut in her sides and stern; acts being deemed unlawful; obliged to reland; dismount the additional guns; dismantle and effectually close up; rule; considered as applicable to the belligerent powers only; prevent any abuse or national responsibility from the subjects of other neutral nations fitting out or equipping in our ports for the use of one of the warring nations; neutral nation; vessels of their citizens; do not require to be armed; arming of such vessels; hostile intent; contrary to the prohibitions of the Act of Congress; special cases; arming may be proper and necessary; examined and ascertained; collusions with some of the belligerent powers; guard; circumstances concerning her shall be submitted to the President; decision thereon made known; new rule as to the sailing of vessels of war of the belligerent nations; Act entitled "An Act in addition to an Act for the punishment of certain Crimes against the United States"; doubts; several of the states; circumstances of euipment in any vessel belonging to the belligerent nations; unlawful increase or augmentation of force; judged adviseable; uniform principle may prevail; explanation; mounting additional guns or changing or altering the calibre of the guns; making of new gun carriages; cutting of new port holes in any part of a vessel; each ajudged to be an unlawful augmentation of force; to be prevented; construction had its full operation upon the British letter; Marque Ship Jano; arrived in the port;

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