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Doc. 92. instructions to British Consuls.

Lord Lyons forwarded to all the British Consuls in the Southern States the following letter, enclosing another from Secretary Seward:

Washington, October 16, 1861.
sir: On the 11th of May last I made to her Majesty's Consuls in the Southern States the following announcement:

Neutral vessels will be allowed fifteen days to leave port after the actual commencement of the blockade, whether such vessels are with or without cargoes, and whether the cargoes were shipped before or after the commencement of the blockade.

I enclose herewith a copy of a note which I have received to-day from the Secretary of State of the United States, and in which he informs me that the law of blockade, which does not permit a vessel in a blockaded port to take on board cargo after the commencement of the blockade, will be expected to be strictly observed by all vessels in ports blockaded by the naval forces of the United States.

You will take note of this communication of the Secretary of State for your own guidance and that of the masters of British vessels; and you will mark carefully and report to me the exact date at which the present despatch and its enclosure reach you.

You will, without delay, send copies of this despatch and its enclosure to your Vice-Consuls for their information and guidance.

I am, sir, your most obedient humble servant,

Lyons. To her Majesty's Consul at------.

Department of State, Washington, October 16, 1861.
my Lord: The Judge of the Court of the [204] United States for the southern district of New York having recently decided, after elaborate argument of counsel, that the law of the blockade does not permit a vessel in a blockaded port to take on board cargo after the commencement of the blockade, with a view to avoid any future misunderstanding upon this subject, you are informed that the law, as thus interpreted by the judge, will be expected to be strictly observed by all vessels in ports of insurgent States during their blockade by the naval forces of the United States. I avail myself, &c.,


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