of the restraints and prohibitions imposed by this act, in respect to the territories of the French Republic, or to any island, port or place belonging to the said Republic, with which in his opinion a commercial intercourse may be safely renewed; and also it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, whenever he shall afterwards deem it expedient, to revoke such order, and hereby to re-establish such restraints and prohibitions. And the President of the United States shall be, and he is hereby authorized, to make proclamation thereof accordingly.
How Hispaniola shall be considered under this act.Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the whole of the island of Hispaniola shall for the purposes of this act be considered as a dependency of the French Republic: Provided, that nothing herein contained shall be deemed to repeal or annul in any part, the order or proclamation of the President of the United States, heretofore issued for permitting commercial intercourse with certain ports of that island.
President may instruct the public armed ships to stop vessels contravening this act.Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, to give instructions to the public armed vessels of the United States, to stop and examine any ship or vessel of the United States on the high sea, which there may be reason to suspect to be engaged in any traffic or commerce contrary to this act, and if upon examination, it shall appear that such ship or vessel is bound or sailing to, or from any port or place, contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, it shall be the duty of the commander of such public armed vessel, to seize every ship or vessel engaged in such illicit commerce, and send the same to the nearest convenient port of the United States, to be there prosecuted in due course of law, and held liable to the penalties and forfeitures provided by this act.
Penalties may be mitigated, &c.Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That all penalties and forfeitures incurred by force of this act, shall, and may be examined, mitigated, and remitted in like manner, and under the like conditions, regulations, and restrictions, as are prescribed, authorized, and directed by the act, intituledVol. i. 506.
Distribution of penalties. “An act to provide for mitigating, or remitting, the forfeitures, penalties and disabilities accruing in certain cases therein mentioned;” and all penalties and forfeitures, which may be recovered in pursuance of this act in consequence of any seizure made by the commander of any public armed vessel of the United States, shall be distributed according to the rules prescribed by the act, intituledVol. i. 715. “An act for the government of the navy of the United States;” and all other penalties arising under this act, and which may be recovered, shall be distributed and accounted for in the manner prescribed by the act, intituledVol. i. 697. “An act to regulate the collection of duties on imports and tonnage.”
President may grant permission to enter and clear in certain cases.Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That nothing contained in this act shall extend to any ship or vessel to which the President of the United States shall grant permission to enter and clear; provided such ship or vessel shall be solely employed, pursuant to such permission, for purposes of national intercourse; and shall not be permitted to proceed with, or to bring to the United States any cargo or lading whatever other than necessary sea-stores.
Former act continued in part.
Vol. i. 613.Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That the act, intituled “An act further to suspend the intercourse between the United States and France, and the dependencies thereof,” shall be, and is hereby continued and shall be taken to be in force in respect to all offences, which shall have been committed against the same, before the expiration thereof; and to the intent that all seizures, forfeitures and penalties arising upon such offences, may be had, sued for, prosecuted and recovered, any limitation of the said act to the contrary hereof notwithstanding.