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Violations of Neutrality Act

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Date July 1, 1794
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Richard Dobbs Spaight (primary)
Summary Secretary Knox writes Governor Richard Dobbs Spaight of North Carolina concerning rules for arming vessels of belligerent powers, in light of the Neutrality Act - and whether this is deemed an unlawful increase or augmentation of force. Knox considers the mounting of additional guns, or altering the caliber of the guns, or the making of new gun carriages, to be an unlawful augmentation of force. Additionally states that because the United States is neutral, the vessels of her citizens need not be armed
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Richard Dobbs Spaight; Henry Knox; British; French;
Related Places War Department; Philadelphia; Britain; France; ports;
Keywords guns; carriages; port holes; Ship Jane; vessels;
Key Phrases citizens; require to be armed; the arming of such vessels; presumption; hostile intent and contrary to the prohibitions of the Act of Congress; examined and ascertained; collusions with some of the belligerent powers; guard against such an abuse; sail; President; decision; sailing of vessels of war of the belligerent nations; and Act for the punishment of certain Crimes angainst; new gun carriages; additional guns mounted; brought in the hold; new portholes were cut in her sides and stern; Acts; unlawful; obliged to reland the new gun carriages; dismount the additional guns; dismantle and effectually close up the new port holes; belligerent powers; abuse or national responsibility; neutral nations; fitting out or equipping vessels in our ports; warring nations; all vessels; neutrals; doubts having arisen in several States as to the circumstances of equipment in any vessel belonging to the belligerent nations; unlawful increase or augmentation of force; uniform principle; mounting additional guns or changin or altering the calibre or size of the guns; making of new carriages or the cutting of new portholes in any part of a vessel; to be prevented; construction; British letter; Maruee Ship Jane;

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