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molest any vessels bringing provisions and refreshments for his Britannic Majesty's troops and garrisons in thofe places, or to give any disturbance to the trade and commerce thereof: and if any prize shall be taken by the ships or vessels of Tunis, within the space of ten miles of the aforesaid places, she shall be restored without any contradiction.
XII. That all the ships of war belonging to the dominions of either party, shall have free liberty to use each other's ports, for washing, cleaning, and repairing any their defects; and to buy and ship off any sort of victuals, alive or dead, or any other necessaries, at the price the natives buy at in the market, without paying custom to any officer. And whereas his Britannic Majesty's ships of war do frequendy assemble and harbour in the port of Mahon in the island of Minorca; if, at any time, they, or his Majesty's troops in garrison there, should be in want of provisions, and should send from thence to purchase supplies in any part of the dominions belonging to Tunis, they shall be permitted to buy catde alive or dead, and all other kinds of provision, at the prices they are sold in the market, and shall be suffered to carry it off without paying duty to any officer, in the same manner as if his Majesty's ships were themselves in the port.
XIII. That in case any ships of war, belonging to the dominions of Tunis, shall take, in any of their enemies ships, any Englishmen serving for wages, they are to be made slaves; but if merchants orpassengers, they are to enjoy their liberty and goods free.
XIV. That if any slave of Tunis should make his escape from thence, and get on board an English man of war, the said slave shall be free, and neither the English consul, nor any of his nation, shall in any manner be questioned about the same.
XV. That, the better to prevent any disputes that may hereafter arise between the two parties about
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salutes and public ceremonies, it is hereby agreed and concluded, that whenever any flag officer of Great Britain shall arrive in the bay of Tunis, in any of his Majesty's ships of war, there shall be shot off from the castles of the Goletta, or other the nearest fortifications belonging to Tunis, a number of guns according to custom, as a royal salute to his British Majesty's colours, and the same number shall be returned in answer thereto by his Majesty's ships; and it is hereby stipulated and agreed, that all ceremonies of honour shall be allowed to the British consul, who resides here to represent his Majesty's person, equal in every re" spect to any other nation whatsoever, and no other consul in the kingdom to be admitted before him in precedency.
XVI. That the subjects of his most Sacred Majesty of Great Britain, &c. either residing in or trading to the dominions of Tunis, shall not, for the time to come, pay any more than three per cent, custom on the value of the goods or merchandize which they shall either bring into or carry out of the kingdom of Tunis.
XVII. It is moreover agreed, concluded, and established, that at whatsoever time it shall please the government of Tunis to reduce the customs of the French nation to less than they pay at present, it shall always be observed, that the British customs shall be two per cent, less than any agreement that shall for the future be made with the said French, or that shall be paid by the subjects of France.
XVIII. It is moreover agreed, concluded, and established, that in case any British ship or ships, or any of the subjects of his Majesty of Great Britain, shall import at the port of Tunis, or any port of this kingdom, any warlike stores, as cannons, muskets, pistols, cannon powder, or fine powder, bullets, masts, anchors, cables, pitch, tar, or the like j as also provisions, viz. wheat,
barley, beans, oats, oil, or the like; for the said kind of merchandize they shall not pay any sort of duty or custom whatever.
XIX. That in case a war should happen between his Britannic Majesty and any other state or nation whatever, the ships of Tunis shall not in any sort afford assistance to the enemies of his Majesty or his subjects.
XX. That if an Englishman kills a Turk, he shall be judged before the caddi of the place, according to justice: if he is found guilty of the crime, he shall be punished with death; but if he escape, the consul shall not be molested, or called upon for that account; and the consul shall always have timely notice, that he may have an opportunity of being present at the trial.
XXI. That if at any time a war or rupture happen between the two contracting Powers, the English consul and his nation may freely depart with all their goods and effects: and this article is to be reciprocal for the subjects of Tunis.]
XXII. That whereas Gibraltar and the island of Minorca do belong to his Britannic Majesty, if at any time any of the cruizers of Tunis should meet with any vessels of the said places, under English colours, surnished with proper passports, they shall be treated in all respects like other English ships, provided that there be no more than one third part of the ship's company who are not subjects of his said Majesty, for, in such case, they (the said strangers) shall be deemed as prisoners: but it is allowed to embark as many merchants or passengers as they fee good, be they of what nation soever: and if at any time a Tunis man of war shall take a ship from their enemies, on board of which may happen to be any English subjects, they shall be immediately released, with all their goods and merchandize, provided always that they be provided
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with proper passports; and this article is to be observed reciprocally on the parts of the English.
XXIII. That if any British ships or vessels meet with any of the ships or vessels belonging to the State of Tunis,and there should be any injury or offence given by either side, justice being properly demanded, shall be immediately done, and the aggressor shall be severely punished, without it occasioning any breach or war.
XXIV. That his Britannic Majesty's subjects shall be always treated, by the State of Tunis, with the highest degree of respect, love, and honour; because the English, of all other Powers, are their first and best friends.
XXV. That new Mediterranean passes shall be issued out and given to his said Majesty's trading subjects, with all convenient speed; and that the time for the continuance of the old passes, for the ships in the Indies and remote parts, shall be three years; and for all other ships and vessels, one year; to commence from the delivery of the counter-tops of the new passes at Algiers; of which his Majesty's consul here shall give the earliest notice to this state; and it is hereby expressly agreed and declared, that the said new passes shall, during the above-mentioned spaces of time of three years and one year, be of full and sufficient force and effect to protect all ships and vessels of his said Majesty's subjects, who shall be provided with the same. , > . .. .
XXV,I. That all packets bearing his Britannic Majesty's commission, which shall be met by any of the cruizers of Tunis, shall be treated with the same respect as his Majesty's ships of war; and all due respect shall be paid to his Majesty's commission, and both at meeting and parting they shall be treated as friends; and if any of the cruizers of Tunis commit the least
fault sault or violence against them, the captains or raizes so offending shall, on their arrival at Tunis, and proper complaint being made of them, be most severely punished, without admitting of their excuses.
All the preceding articles of this treaty, having been approved of and agreed to, are hereby ratified, renewed, and confirmed, between his most Sacred Majesty the King of Great Britain, &c, and the most Illustrious Lord Ali Pasha, Begler Bey and supreme commander of the state of Tunis, which let no one presume to infringe or violate. Dated, in the presence of Almighty God, at the palace of Bardo, near Tunis, this nineteenth day of October, one thousand seven hundred and fifty-one, according to the Christian computation; and of the Turkish Hageira, one thousand one hundred and sixty-four, the tenth day of the moon Zil Hadgi Sherissay.
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