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Public armed vessels, and gun boats authorized to stop vessels suspected of violating embargo laws.That the commanders of the public armed vessels and gun boats of the United States shall, as well as the commanders or masters of the revenue cutters, and revenue boats, be authorized, and they are hereby authorized to stop and examine any vessel, flat, or boat, belonging to any citizen of the United States, either on the high seas, or within the jurisdiction of the United States, or any foreign vessel within the jurisdiction of the United States, which there may be reason to suspect to be engaged in any traffic or commerce, or in the transportation of merchandise, of either domestic or foreign growth or manufacture, contrary to the provisions of this act, or of the act laying an embargo on all ships and vessels in the ports and harbors of the United States, or of any of the acts supplementary thereto, and if upon examination, it shall appear that such vessel, flat or boat is thus engaged, it shall be duty of the commander to seize every such vessel, flat, or boat, and to send the same to the nearest port of the United States for trial.

Comptroller of treasury may remit certain duties, &c. &c.Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the comptroller of the treasury be, and he hereby is authorized to remit the duties accruing on the importation of goods of domestic produce, or which being of foreign produce, had been exported without receiving a drawback, which may have been, or may be re-imported in vessels owned by citizens of the United States, and which having sailed subsequent to the first day of October last, and prior to the twenty-second day of December last, may be or have been stopped on the high seas by foreign armed vessels, and by reason thereof have returned, or may hereafter return into the United States. And the said comptroller is likewise authorized to direct the exportation bonds given for foreign merchandise, exported with privilege of drawback, in such vessel and re-imported in the same, in the manner aforesaid to be cancelled, the duties on such re-importation being previously paid, and on such other conditions and restrictions as may be necessary for the security of the revenue.

Foreign vessels not allowed to carry on the coasting trade in the U. States during the continuance of the embargo.Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That during the continuance of the act laying an embargo on all ships and vessels in the ports and harbors of the United States, no foreign ship or vessel shall go from one port in the United States to another, and should any foreign ship or vessel, contrary to this section, go from one port of the United States to another, the vessel with her cargo shall be wholly forfeited, and the owner, or owners, agent, factors, freighters, and master of such ship or vessel, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding three thousand dollars, nor less than one thousand dollars.

Fees for clearances of vessels, &c. &c.Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That no vessel, flat, or boat, comprehended in this act shall be obliged to pay more than twenty cents for each clearance.

Collectors authorized to detain vessels ostensibly bound to other ports of the U. States under suspicious circumstances.Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That the collectors of the customs be, and they are hereby respectively authorized to detain any vessel ostensibly bound with a cargo to some other port of the United States, whenever in their opinions the intention is to violate or evade any of the provisions of the acts laying an embargo, until the decision of the President of the United States be had thereupon.

Collectors in ports adjacent to foreign territories may take into their custody provisions, &c. &c. accumulated in large quantities in their districts, &c. &c.Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That if any unusual deposits of provisions, lumber, or other articles of domestic growth or manufacture shall have been, or shall be made in any of the ports of the United States, adjacent to the territories, colonies, or provinces of a foreign nation, the collector of the district shall be, and he hereby is authorized to take the same in his custody, and not to permit such articles to be removed until bond with sufficient sureties shall have been given for the landing or delivery of the same in some port or place of the United States.

Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That any ship or vessel owned