Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 18 Part 2c.djvu/227

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220 PUBLIC TREATIES. Sienr Thomas Jefferson, citizen of the United States of America, and their Minister Plenipotentiary near the King; who, after having communicatcd to each other their respective full powers, have agreed on what follows: Anrrcm I. cemnussicns or The Consuls and Vice-Consuls named by the Most Christian King ¤¤¤¤¤i¤· and the United States shall be bound to present their commissions according to the forms which shall be established respectively- by the Most Christian King within his dominions, and by the Congress within Excquaturs. the United States. There shall be delivered to them, withont_ any charges, the exequatur necessary for the exercise of their functions; and on exhibiting the said exequatur, the Governors, Commanders, Heads of Justice, Bodies Corporate, Tribunals, and other onicers having authority in the ports and places of their consulates, shall cause them to enjoy immediately, and without diiliculty, the precrninences, authority, and privileges reeiprocally granted, without exacting from the said Consuls and Vice-Consuls any tec, under any pretext whatever. Anriomu II. Privileges of The Consuls and Vice-Consuls, and persons attached to their func- °°¤°“‘°’ °m°°’°· tions; that is to say, their Chaneellors and Secretaries, shall enjoy a full and entire immunity for their chancery, and the papers which shall be therein contained. They shall be exempt from all personal service, from soldiers’ billets, militia, watch, guard, guardianship, trusteeship, as well as from all duties, taxes, impositions, and charges whatsoever, except on the estate real and personal of which they may be the proprietors or possessors, which shall be subject to the taxes imposed on the estates of all other individuals: And in all other instances they shall be subject to the laws of the land as the natives are. Those of the said Consuls and Vice-Consuls who shall exercise commerce, shall be respectively subject to all taxes, charges, and impositions established on other merchants. They shall place over the outward door of their house the arms of their sovereign; brit this mark of indication shall not give to the said house any privilege of asylum for any person 0I' property whatsoever. Anrronm III. Consular agents. The respective Consuls and Vice-Consuls may establish agents in the diiierent ports and places of their departments where necessity shall require. These agents may be chosen among the merchants, either national or foreign, and furnished with a. commission from one of the said consuls: They shall confine themselves respectively to the rendering to their respective merchants, navigators, and vessels, all possible service, and to inform the nearest Consul of the wants of the said merchants, navigators, and vessels, without the said agents otherwise participating in the immunities, rights, and privileges attributed to Consuls and Vice-Consuls, and without power, under any pretext wliatever, to exact from the said merchants any duty or emolument w atsoever. Anrrotn IV. C on suls may The Consuls and Vice-Consuls respectively may establish a chall061‘Y, °°*”;bh°h ° °l“*¤· where shall be deposited the consular determinations, acts, and pFo- °°°‘ ccediugs, as also testaments, obligations, contracts, and other acts done by or between persons of their nation, and effects lei't by deceased persons, or saved from shipwreck. They may consequently appoint jlt persons to act in the said chancery, receive and swear them in, commit to them the custody of the seal, and authority to seal commissions, seutenccs, and other consular acts, and also to discharge the functions of notary and register of the consulate.