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the enemy have any part or portion therein, directly nor indirectly, so may God Almighty help him. And as we wish to fee the said master prosper in his lawful affairs*. our prayer is to all the beforementioned, and to each of them separately, where the said master Ihall' arrive with his vessel and cargo, that they may please to receive the said master with goodness, and to treat him in a becoming manner, permitting him, upon the usual toll and expences in passing and repassing, to pass, navigate, and frequent the ports,'passes, and territories, to the end to transact his business where and in what manner he shall judge proper: whereof we shall be willingly indebted.

In witness and for cause whereof, we affix hereto the seal of this city.

(In the margin.)

By crdistance os the High and Mighty Lords the States
General of the United Netherlands.

CONVEN.

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CONVENTION,

BETWEEN THE

LORDS the STATES-GENERAL

O F T H E

UNITED NETHERLANDS

AND THE

UNITED STATES of AMERICA,

CONCERNING

VESSELS RECAPTURED

The Lords the States General of the United Netherlands and the United States of America, being inclined to establish some uniform principles with relation to prizes made by vessels of war,and commissioned by the two contracting powers, upon their common enemies, and to vessels of the subjects of cither party captured by the enemy, and recaptured by vessels of war commissioned by either party, have agreed upon the following articles.

ARTICLE I. VHE vessels of either of the two nations re-captured by the privateers of the other, shall be restored to the first proprietor, if such vessels have not been four-and-twenty hours in the power of the enemy; provided the owner of the vessel recaptured, pay therefor one-third of the value of the vessel, as also of that of the cargo, the cannons and apparel; which third shall be valued by agreement between the parties interested; or, if they cannot agree hereon among themselves, they shall address

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themselves to the officers of the Admiralty of the

place where the privateer who has retaken the

vessel, shall have conducted her. 1

ARTICLE II. If the vessel re-captured has been more than twenty-four hours in the power of the enemy, she lhall belong entirely to the privateer who has retaken her.

ARTICLE in.

In cafe a vessel shall have been re-captured by a Vessel of war belonging to the States General of the United Netherlands, or to the United States of America, she shall be restored to the first owner, he paying a thirtieth part of the value of the ship, her cargo, cannons and apparel, if she has been recaptured in the interval of twenty-four hours, and the tenth part if she has been re-captured after the twenty-four hours; which sums shall be distributed, in form of gratifications, to the crews of the vessels which shall have retaken her.

The valuation of the said thirtieth parts, and tenth parts, shall be regulated according to the tenor of the first article of the present Convention. ARTICLE IV.

The restitution of prizes, whether they may have been retaken by vessels of war or by privateers, in the mean time, and until requisite and sufficient proofs can be given of the property of vessels recaptured, shall be admitted in a reasonable time, under sufficient sureties for the observation of the aforesaid articles.

ARTICLE V. The vessels of war and privateers of one and of the other of the two nations shall be reciprocally, both in Europe and in the other parts of the world, admitted into the respective ports of each, with their prizes; which may be unloaded and sold, according to the formalities used in the State where the

the prize shall have been conducted, as sar as may be consistent with the twenty-second article of the Treaty of Commerce: provided always, that the legality of prizes by the vessels of the Low Countries, iliall be decided conformably to the laws and regulations established in the United Netherlands; as likewise, that of prizes made by American vessels, shall be judged according to the laws and regulations determined by the United States of America. - % >

ARTICLE VI.
Moreover, it shall be free for the States General
of the United Netherlands, as well as for the United
States of America, to make such regulations as
they shall judge necessary, relative to the conduct
which their respective vessels''and privateers ought
to hold, in relation to the vessels which they shall
have taken and conducted into the ports of the two
powers.

In Faith of which, we, the Deputies and Pleni-
potentiaries of the Lords the States General
of the United Netherlands, and Minister
Plenipotentiary of the United States of Ame-
rica, have, in virtue of our respective
authorities and full powers, signed these
presents, and confirmed the same with the"
leal of our arms.

DONE at the Hague, the Eighth of Oftober, one
thousand seven hundred and eighty-two.

(L. S.) GEORGE VAN RANDWYCK.

(L. S.) B. V. SANTEUVEL.

(L. S.) P. V. BLEISWYK.

(L. S.) W. C. H. VAN LYNDEN.

(L. S.) D. I. VAN HEECKEREN.

(L.S.) JOAN VAN KUFFELER.

(L. S.) F. G. VAN DEDEM. (Tot den Gelder)

(L.S.) H. TJASSENS.

(L.S.) JOHN ADAMS.

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PROVISIONAL ARTICLES

SIGNED AT PARIS, NOVEMBER 30, 1782, BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF HIS BRITANNICK MAJESTY AND THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

ARTICLES agreed upon by and between Richard Oswald, Esq. the Commissioner of his Britannick Majesty for treating of Peace with the Commissioners of the United States of America in behalf of his said Majesty on the one part, and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and Henry Laurens, four of the Com

. missioners of the said States for treating of Peace with the Commissioner of his said Majesty on their behalf on the other part, to be inserted in, and to constitute a treaty of Peace proposed to be concluded between the Crown of Great Britain and the said United States; but which treaty is not to be concluded until terms of Peace shall be agreed upon between Great Britain and France; and his Britannick Majesty shall be ready to conclude such treaty accordingly.

WHEREAS

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