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762 TWELFTH CONGRESS. Sess. I. Cr:. 107. {S12. ramen to keep during the present hostilities between the United States and Great Bri· ¥°'“'“l'• tain, shall keep a regular journal, containing a true and exact account of his daily transactions and proceedings with such vessel and the crew thereof; the ports and places he shall put into or cast anchor in; the time of his stay there and the cause thereof; the prizes he shall take; the nature and probable value of such prizes; the times and places, when and where taken, and how and in what manner he shall dispose of the same; the ships or vessels he shall fall in with; the times and places, when and where he shall meet with them, and his observations and remarks thereon; also, of whatever else shall occur to him or any of his officers or mariners, or be discovered and found out by examination or conference with any mariners or passengers of; or in any other ships and vessels, or by any other ways or means whatsoever, touching or concerning the fleets, vessels and forces of the enemy, their posts and places of station and destination, strength, numbers, intents and designs: Joumslstobe and such commanding officer shall, immediately on his arrival in any

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’continuance of any voyage or cruise, produce his commission for such vessel, and deliver up such journal so kept as aforesaid, signed with his proper name and handwriting, to the collector or other chief officer of the customs, at or nearest to such port; the truth of which journal shall be verified by the oath of the commanding officer for theltime hemg, and such collector or other chief officer of the customs shall, immediately on the arrival of such vessel, order the proper officer of the customs to go on board and take an account of the officers and men, the number and nature of the guns, and whatever else shall occur to him, on examination, material to be known; and no such vessel shall be permitted to sail out of port again, after such arrival, until such journal shall have been delivered up, and a certificate obtained under the hand of such collector or other chief officer of the customs, that she is manned and armed according to her commission; and upon delivery of such certificate, any former certificate of a like nature, which shall have been obtained b the commander of such vessel, shall be delivered u . Commanding Sec. 11.y And be it further enacted, That captains and comliianders

   it of vessels having letters of marque and reprisal,_in case of falling in with
,u,i,,hei,. j,,,,,_ any of the vessels of war or revenue of the United States, shall produce

nant &c.&c.¢¤ to the commanding officer of such vessels their journals, commissions gf‘l:’1:;°U ‘é‘;;i:;’ and certificates as aforesaid; and the commanding officers of such ships `of war or revenue, shall make, respectively, a. memorandum in such journal of the day on which it was so produced to him, and shall subscribe his name to it: and in case such vessel, having letters of marque as aforesaid, shall put into any foreign port where there is an American consul or other public agent of the United States, the commander shall produce his journal, commission and certilicate aforesaid, to such consul or a ent, who ma o on board and number the officers and crew and exarhine the guugignd if the same shall not correspond with the commission and certificate respectively, such consul or agent shall forthwith communicate the same to the Secretary of the Navy. neggglgjs fg Sec. 12. Ami be it further enacted, That the commanders of vessels keep jcuyms, having letters of marque and reprisal as aforesaid, neglecting to keep a or- koepingutp Journal as aforesaid, or wilfully making fraudulent entries therein, or

  • ’“° °¤°S· obliterating any material transactions therein, where the interest of the

United] States is in any manger concerned, or refusing toproduce such ourna , commission or cern cate, ursuant to the rece in section 0 tlhis act, then and in such cases, the commissionslor letter? of rnarque and reprisal of such vessels, shall be liable to be revoked; and such commanders, respectively shall forfeit for every such offence the sum of one thousand dollars, one moiety thereof to the use of the United States, and the other to the informer.