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A Copy ef the Additional Articles of Friendsjip and Commerce, made by the Emperor of Morocco with the King of Great Britain i concluded with Sir Roger Curtis, his Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to Morocco, 24th May, 1783.

In the name of God, Amen. Nothing can be done but with the help of God. From the slave of God, Mahomet Ben Abdallah. God is his master.

(L.S.) THESE are the articles of friendship and peace made and concluded between us and the great King of the English, George the Third, through the hands of his Excellency Sir Roger Curtis, the ambassador which he sent unto us.

I. There is peace and friendship between us, agreeable to former treaties, nor has it been otherwise. The English merchants have free liberty to come to all our ports, there to trade, and to buy, and to sell, like other nations: and we also give leave to the merchants, our subjects, to repair to and trade at all English ports. These are our orders. Dated the 23d day ofthe month Jumet,the i6. in the year of God 1197.

Thanks be to God alone. (L. S.)

II. All English subjects, who have debts or demands in cur dominions or ports, have free liberty to come and recover the same, and to be paid even to the last blanquin. But if any have claims upon such as are bankrupt and unable to pay, their money is unavoidably lost; for we have heretofore often signified, to all the merchants who traded to our ports, not to fell their goods but for ready money, or to persons of established credit. And these are still our orders. And we also give the same orders to our merchants who trade to foreign ports, not to fell but for ready money, or with people of credit; and if they dealed with insufficient persons, they must lofe their money. These are our orders. The 23d of the month Jumet, the 2d in the year of God 1197.

Thanks be to God alone. (L. S.)

III. We grant to the English the house at Tangier, where the English vice-consul used to live; but as to the house of Elihu, the Jew, where Logie used to live, it is agreed with the said Elihu, that if he suffered any Christian, of whatsoever nation, to live in the said house, it shall be taken from him and forfeited to the public treasury of the Mussulmen; and all the furniture and other effects of Logie, which was in the said house, we have ordered to be restored again, without any thing being lost; and if any thing shall be missing, our servant Alcaide Mahomet Ben Abdelmaleek, the governor of Tangier, is to pay for it. These are our orders. The 23d of the month Jumet, 2d in the year of God Iiq7.

Thanks be to God alone. (L.S.)

* IV. We grant to the English our house at Tangier, where Benido used to live, and aster him our servant Alcaide Abdelhazed Fenish. We give it to you.

* V. We promise to build a house for the English agent at Marteen. The rooms on the ground-floor shall be for lodging the stores of our ships, and the upper part shall be for the habitation of whoever the English sends. These are our orders. The 23d of the month Jumet, in the year of God ^ 1.97.

Thanks be to God alone. CJ-S-)

• • These twe articles are under the fame seal.

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VI. The English shall load provisions and refreshments from all cur ports for one year, the said year to commence on the * first day of the month Jumet, the 1 ft in the year 1197, and to end on the last day of the month Rabere, the 2d, 1198 f; during which year they are to pay no duty, no ounce, nor anchorage fee. And from the first of the month Jumet, 1st 1198 J, the English shall have the use of all our ports, Safie, Willideeah, New Teet, Tadallah, Dalbydah, Arabat (the beginining of goodness) Sallee, Mamora, Tangier, Larache, and Tetuon, to load the aforesaid provisions and refreshments: to pay the following duties:


And all other articles to pay the same duty as formerly; except at the port of Magodor, where the English are to pay the same duties, for provisions or refreshments, as the merchants of other Christian nations. And we grant the English leave to take on board mules from all our ports, paying ten cobbs duty for every mule \ and they are allowed 300 weight of barley for each mule. These are our orders. The 23d day of the month Jumet, 2din the year of God 1197. Thanks be to God alone. (L. S.) •

VII. The master of every vessel, which comes from Gibraltar to load provisions or refreshments, is to bring a clearance, in which is to be .inserted, upon the oath of the master, the size of the vessel.

A vessel of 200 quintals, or 10 tons bur- 7 , , • then, is to pay for anchorage fee — \3 . From 200 quintals to 400, or 20 tons - 5 cobbs. From 400 D" to 600, or 30 tons — 8 D°. • From 600 D° to 800, or 40 tons — 10 D\

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But is any vessels carry any manner of merchandize besides provisions and refreshments, they shall pay the same anchorage duties as the merchant vessels of all other nations which come to our ports. These are our orders. The 23d day of the month Jurriet, id in year of God 1197.

Thanks be to God alone. (L. S.)

VIII. We have given orders to our servants, at all our ports, that they do observe and obey all the articles which we have now granted, neither more nor less. These are our orders. The 23d of the month Jumet, the ad in the year of God 1197.

N. B. The originals of these articles were all written in the Arabic language, upon separate sheets of paper, and each of them sealed and dated, except the 4th and 5th, which were written upon one sheet. The date answers to the 24th May, 1783, our stile.

Ro^er Curtis.


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