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. XII. All Englishmen, or subjects of England, which shall be found slaves in our state, or shall be demanded by the ambassador or consul, the cause shall be duly examined, and such persons as are found truly to be subjects of England shall be set free, and delivered to the ambassador or consul.

XIII. All Englishmen, and all other subjects of the Crown of England, which shall dwell or reside in our dominions, whether they be married or single, may buy, sell, and traffic; and of them shall no harach or head-money be demanded.

XIV. The English ambassador, resident in Aleppo, Alexandria, Tripoly of Suria, or Tunis, Algier, Tripoly of Barbary, in Smyrna, the ports of Cairo, or any other parts of our dominions, may at their pleasure establish their consuls, and in like manner remove them, or change, and appoint others in their places, and none of our ministers shall oppofe, or resuse to accept them.

XV. In all causes concerning law and justice, between the English nation and any other, in the absence of their interpreters, the judges, nor any other of our ministers, shall not proceed to give sentence.

XVI. If there happen any controversy amongst themselves, the decision thereof shall be wholly left to their own ambassador or consul, according to their own right and laws, and with no such causes our ministers shall intermeddle.

XVII. Our armada of gallies, ships, or any other vessels of our empire, which at sea shall meet or find any English ships, shall not do them, nor suffer to be done to them, the least injury or trouble; nor shall they stay them, demand, pretend, or take any thing from them, but shall salute and shew good and mutual friendship the one to the other, without offence.


XVIJI. All thofe particular privileges and capitulations, which in former times have been granted to the French, Venetians, or any other Christian nation, whose King is in peace and friendship with this port, in like manner the same were granted and given to the said English nation; to the end, that in time to come, the tenor of this our Imperial capitulations maybe always observed by all men; and that none may, in any manner, upon any pretence, presume to contradict; or violate it.

XIX. If the pirates, or Levents, who infest the seas with their frigates, shall be found to have taken any English vessel, or to have robbed or spoiled their goods and saculties; also, if it shall be found, that in any of our dominions, any shall have violently taken goods of any Englishman, our ministers shall with all diligence seek out such offenders, and severely punish them, and cause that all such goods, ships, monies, and whatsoever hath been taken away from the English nation, shall be presently, justly, and absolutely restored to them.

XX. All our beglerbegs, begs, captains, masters of Imperial ships, and other private judges, governors, customers, sarmers, and all our ministers, subjects, and slaves, shall always obey and keep the tenor of these our sworn capitulations, and shall with all observance respect the friendship and good correspondence established on both parties, every one in particular taking especial care not to commit any act contrary thereunto. And as long as the said Queen of England, according to this present agreement of sincere friendship and good correspondence, shall shew herself, and remain with us in peace, friendship, and league, firm, constant, and sincere, we do promise also on our parts reciprocally, that this peace, friendship, articles, capitulations, and correspondence, in the fore-written form, shall be for ever of us maintained, observed, and respected; and of no man any part thereof shall be con

F f 3 tradicted tradicted or infringed. All which above-mentioned articles of peace and friendship were concluded, signed, and an Imperial capitulation granted and confirmed, by our ancestors of happy memory.

Since which time his Majesty of England, James, deceased in the time of our grandsather of happy memory, Sultan Achmet Han, having sent unto our Imperial throne his ambassadors, letters, and presents, which were most acceptable, and desired that the already contracted peace and friendship, and good correspondence made with our grandsathers, and the capitulations, articles, and privileges above-written, should be again ratified, and the said peace and friendship renewed; sarther requesting, that certain articles very necessary should to the same capitulations be added; the desire of his Majesty being declared in the Imperial presence of our said grandsather Sultan Achmet Han, was presently granted: and he gave express command and order, that the said peace and friendship should be renewed and fortified, and the ancient capitulations and privileges confirmed; and that the new desired articles should be inserted, and added to the Imperial capitulations: granting sarther to the English nation, all thofe articles and sarther privileges which were given, and written in any capitulations with other nations, Potentates, or Kings, in peace and amity with this Imperial Port: and by this Imperial command he gave order that these his Imperial commands should be obeyed of all men, and the tenor of them duly observed. The articles which then were granted, and added to the capitulations, were these following.

XXI. That our ministers shall not demand or take, of the said English nation any custom, or other duties, of all the dollars and chequeens they, or any under their banner, shall bring in, or transport from place to place, or carry out of our dominions; and that neither beglerbegs, begs, caddees, treasurers, mint-masters, or other, shall take and demand either dollars or chequeens queens from the said nation, to change them into small aspers, nor shall give or do them any violence or trouble thereupon.

XXII. The English nation, and all thofe that come under their banner, their vessels, small and great, shall and may navigate, traffic, buy, sell, and abide in all parts of our dominions; and, excepting arms, gunpowder, and other such prohibited commodities, they may load and carry away in their ships whatsoever of our merchandizes, at their own pleasure, without the impeachment or trouble of any man; and their ships and vessels may come safely and securely to anchor at all times, and traffic at all times in every part of our dominions, and with their money buy victuals, and all other things, without any contradiction or hinderance of any man.

XXIII. And if any difference shall happen with any of the said English nation, by suit in law, or any other controversy, the caddees, or any other ministers of our justice, shall not hear nor decide the cause, until the ambassador, consul, or druggerman of the said nation shall be present.

XXIV. All differences or suits of law depending with the said nation, which shall exceed the value of 4000 afpers, shall always be heard and decided at our Imperial Port.

XXV. The English nation's consul or resident, in any port of our dominions, being established by the ambassador resident for the English nation, our ministers shall have no power to imprison, or examine, or seal up their houses, nor to dismiss or displace them from their charge and office; but in case of any difference or suit with the consul, there shall be made a certificate to the Imperial Port, to the end that the ambassador may protect and answer for them.

XXVI. When any Englishman, or other under their banner, shall die in our dominions, with their

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goods or saculties, or any thing that belonged unto them, our escheators, caddees, or other ministers, upon pretence they are goods of the dead, without any owner, shall not meddle, take, or seize any part thereof, but they shall always be consigned and remain to such other English as the deceased shall by his testament assign; and if he died intestate, then the English consul shall take and receive his saculties and goods; and if there be no consul, the English resident there shall take the possession; and in case there be neither consul, nor English resident, the said goods and saculties whatsoever, shall be received into the custody of the caddee of that place; and having advised the English ambassador thereof, the said caddee shall resign all the said goods unto such persons as the ambassador slull fend with commission to receive them.

XXVII. All these privileges, and other liberties granted to the English nation, and thofe who come under their protection, by divers Imperial commands, whether before or aster the date of these Imperial capitulations, shall be always obeyed and observed, and shall always be understood and interpreted in savour of the English nation, according to the tenor and true contents thereof,

XXVIII. Neither the officer called the Cassam, or gatherer of the caddees duties, in case of death, nor the caddee, shall pretend or take of the said English nation any kind of tenths, or casmets, or fee of division.

XXIX. The ambassador of the King of England, or consul, residing in our dominion, shall and may take into their service any janizary, or interpreter, at their own charge and choice; and no janizary, nor other our slaves, shall put themselves, or intermeddle with their service against their liking or consent.

XXX. The ambassador of his Majesty of England, and consul, and the English nation residing in our empire^ for the use of their own persons and samilies,

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