Visitation And Search; Or, An Historical Sketch Of The British Claim To Exercise A Maritime Police…

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byWilliam Beach Lawrence

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...was exactly that which, in one of the most able state papers, had been laid down by General Cass in his letter to Lord Napier. In that document there was this passage:--" A merchant vessel upon the high seas is protected by her national character. He who forcibly enters her does so upon his own responsibility. Undoubtedly, if a vessel assume a national character to which she is not entitled, and is sailing under false colors, she cannot be protected by this assumption of a nationality to which she has no claim. As the identity of a person must be determined by the officer bearing a process for his arrest, and determined at the risk of such officer, so must the national identity of a vessel be determined at the like hazard to him who, doubting the flag she displays, searches her to ascertain her true character. There no doubt may be circumstances which would go far to modify the complaints a nation would have a right to make for such a violation of its sovereignty. If the boarding officer had just grounds for suspicion, and deported himself with propriety in the performance of his task, doing no injury, and peaceably retiring when satisfied of his error, no nation would make such an act the subject of serious reclamation." This, he believed, was strictly the position which we were entitled to take by international law. The American government had themselves acknowledged it on the face of General Cass's state paper to be that vhich " no nation would make the subject of serious reclamation;" and this course her Majesty's government would instruct our cruisers in future to pursue. The Honorable gentleman had also asked whether any addition had been made to our fleet in the Cuban waters. During the time that her Majesty's government had been...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...was exactly that which, in one of the most able state papers, had been laid down by General Cass in his letter ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217415857

ISBN - 13:9780217415859

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