Memorandum regarding neutral vessels

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Date 1797
Author Name James McHenry (primary)
Recipient Name President of the United States (primary)
Summary Discusses rules of engagement between a neutral vessel and a belligerent power. Questions whether or not a neutral vessel has a right resist - by force - a search of their ship, or if a belligerent power has a right to search a neutral ship and carry the vessel back to their country for a trial. McHenry adds that the United States has no obligation to return deserters from British vessels, and fully condemns impressment.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; President; merchants; French; Timothy Pickering; British; deserters; seaman; Congress; Liston; Oliver Wolcott, Jr.; sailors;
Related Places France; courts; Britain;
Keywords Vessels; trial; laws; examination; cargo; statute; treaty;
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