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from the territories of the united states, and to navigate all the lakes, rivers and waters thereof, and freely to carry on trade and commerce with the citizens of the united states: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the admission of British vessels from the sea into the rivers of the united states, beyond the highest ports of entry for foreign vessels from the sea ; and all goods and merchandise, the importation of which into the united states shall not be wholly prohibited, shall and may freely, for the purposes of coinmerce, be brought into the same, in manner aforesaid, by British subjects, from the territories of the king of Great-Britain, in America; and such goods and merchandise shall be subject to no higher or other duties, than are or shail be payable by the citizens of the united states, on the importation of the same in American vessels into the atlantic poris of the united states : And all goods, not prohibited to be exported from the united states, may, in manner aforesaid, be carried out of the united states into the territories aforesaid,
105. SECT. CV. No duty shall be leried or collected on the importation of peltries brought into the territories of the united states, nor on the proper goods and effects of whatever nature, of indians passing or repassing the boundary line aforesaid, unless the same be goods in balcs or other large packages unusual among indians, which shall not be considered as goods belonging bona fide to indians, nor be entitled to the exemption from duty aforesaid. And no higher or other tolls or rates of ferriage, than what are or shall be payable by citizens of the united states, shall be demanded of British subjects, and no duties, shall be payable on any goods, which shall merely be carried over any of the portages or carrying places within the territories of the united states, for the purpose of being immediately reimbarked, and carried to some other place or places : Prouided, That this last mentioned exemption from duty shall extend only to such goods as are carried in the usual and direct road across such portages and carrying places, and are not attempted to be in any manner sold or exchanged during their passage across the same. And it shall be lawful for citizens of the united states, and for all other persons, to import any goods or merchandise, of which the importation shall not be entirely prohibited, into the districts, which are or may be established on the northern and north-western boundaries of the united states, and on the rivers Ohio and Missisippi, in vessels or boats of any burthen, and in rasts or carsiages of any kind or nature whatsoever. (See antea 92.]
106. Sect. CVI. All vessels, boats, rasts and carriages, of what kind and nature soever, arriving in the districts aforesaid, containing goods, wares or merchandise, subject to duties on being imported into any port of the united states, shall be reported to the collector, or other chief officer of the customs at the port of entry, in the district inta which they shall be so imported ; and such goods shall be accompanied with like manifests, and like entries shall be made, by the persons having charge of any vessels, boats, rafts and carriages aforesaid, and by the owners or consignees of the goods, wares and merchandise, laden on board the same ; and the powers and duties of the officers of the customs shall be exerciged and discharged in the districts last mentioned, in like manner as is herein before directed and prescribed, in respect to goods, wares and merchandise imported into the united states, in vessels from the sea and generally, all importations as aforesaid shall be subject to like regulations, penalties and forfeitures as in other districts, except as is herein after specially provided.
107. SECT. CVII. When any goods, wares or merchandise subject loduties, shall be imported into any of the districts before mentioned, and which shall be report. I as being destined to be carried over any of the portages or carrying places within the territories of the united states, for the purposes of being immediately reimbarked, and carried to some other port or place, it shall be the duty of the owner or con. signee of the goods, wares or merchandise intended to be transported as aforesaid, to make entry thereof, as particularly as is herein before directed and prescribed, in respect to the like goods, wares and merchandise, when entered for the payment of duties, and moreover specifying in such entry the route, portage and carrying place, by and over which it is intended to transport the same ; which entry shall be Verified on oath or affirmation in manner following :
Port of I (here insert the name of the person making the entry) do solemn. ly, sincerely and truly swear, (or alhrm) that the entry now subscribed with my name, and delivered by me to the collector of (insert the name of the district) contains a just and true account of all the goods, wares and merchandise, contained in the several packages therein mentioned; that they are brought into this district, solely for the purpose of being carried and transported by the way of (here insert the portage or carrying place with intention of being immediateiy reimbarked and carried without the limits of the united states ; and are not intended, directly or indirectly to be sold, exchanged or consumed within the limits of the united states; and, I do further swear, (or affirm) that if I shall hereafter know, or discover, that the whole, or any part of the said goods, wares or merchandise, shall have been soid, alienated, exchangw or consumed within the limits of the united states, I will immediately report the same, with the circumstances thereof, truly to the collector of this district. So help me God.
108. SECT. CVIII. The collector who shall receive any entry as aforesaid, shall cause due examination, inspection and search to be made, in like manner as is herein before prescribed, in respect to im. portations made in vessels arriving by the sea, or intended to be exported from the united states, and, being satisfied therewith, shall thereupon grant a certificate or protection for the said goods, wares or merchandise which shall accompany the same, and which certificate or protection shall be of the form following, to wit: District of
SS. Port of It is hereby certified, that (here insert the name of the person maka ing entry) has made entry in this office, according to law, of the fola lowing merchandise (hiere insert the particulars of the packages and
merchandise, and the several marks, numbers and contents thereof an in the entry) and has made oath, that the said merchandise are intend. ed to be transported by the route of (here insert the portage or carrying place) to (here insert the proposed place of reimbarkation) for the purpose of being transported without the limits of the united states. Now therefore, this certificate is to serve as a protection for the said merchandise, during the transportation thereof by the route aforesaid : Provided, That the said merchandise, or any part thereof, are not and shall not be unpacked, alienated, sold or consumed within the limits of the united states, or be transported by any other route than is above specified, in either of which cases the said merchandise may be seized and forfeited, this certificate and protection notwithstanding. As witness, my hand and seal the day and year above mentioned.
A. B. Collector. And no certificate as aforesaid shall be in force for any term ex ceeding six months from the date thereof.
109. Sect. CIX. If any person having the charge, or being concern, ed in the transportation of any goods, wares or merchandise, entered as aforesaid, for the purpose of being transported across any of the portages or carrying places within the limits of the united states, and to be delivered without the limits thereof, shall, with intent to defraud the revenue, break open or unpack any part of the said merchandise, or shall sell, exchange or consume the same, or with like intent shall break or deface any seal or fastening, placed thereon by any officer of the revenue, or if any person whatever shall deface, alter or forge any certificate, granted for the protection of merchandise transported as aforesaid, each and every person so offending, shall forfeit and pay five hundred dollars, and shall be imprisoned not less than one nor more than six months, at the discretion of the court before which such person shall be convicted.
110. Sect. CX. Nothing contained in this act shall be construed tò exempt the masters or owners of vessels from making and subscribing any oaths or affirmations required by any laws of the united states, not iminediately relating to the collection of the duties on the importation of goods, wares and merchandise into the united states.
111. SECT. CXI. In cases where the forms of official documents, as prescribed by this act, shall be substantially complied with and observed, according to the true spirit, meaning and intent thereof, no penalty or forfeitare shall be incurred by a deviation therefrom; 1 the officers of the department of the treasury, according to their respective powers and duties, shall and may from time to time prescribe additions to the said forms, for the purpose of adapting the same to any alterations which may be made to the rates of duties on the importation of goods, wares and merchandise, and on the tonnage of ships and vessels, and for the better collection and payment of the said duties ;-Provided however, That it shall not be competent for the xaid officers to prescribe any form or regulations incompatible with of contravening the special provisions of this acl,
SEÇT, CXII, Is a repealing clause,
ACT of May 10, 1800. (Vol. V. p. 161.) d12. Sect. I. From and after the thirtieth day of June next, the towns of Wells and Arundel, in the state of Massachusetts, and all The shores and waters thereof, shall be a district, to be called the district of Kennebunk, of which the port of Kennebunk shall be the sole port of entry ; and the ports of Wells and Cape Porpoise shall be ports of delivery only, and a collector for the district shall be appointed to reside at Kennebunk.
113. Sect. II. Ships and vessels owned in whole or in part in the towns of Edgecomb and Newcastle, in the district of Maine, having entered in due form of law at the port of Wiscasset, and taken on board an officer, shall be permitted to unlade in the parts of the said towns which adjoin Sheepscut river.
114. Sect. III. From and after the thirtieth day of June next, the town of Lyme, in the state of Connecticut, and the shores and waters thereof, shall be annexed as a port of delivery only to the district of New-London, and all vessels bound to or from the said port of Lyme, shall first come to, enter, and clear at the said port of New-London: Provided however, That the surveyor appointed to reside at Saybrook shall be authorized to visit and inspect ships or vessels arriving at said port of Lyme, and generally to perform the duties of a surveyor, as may be requisite within said port. (See antea 4.]
115. SECT. IV. From and after the thirtieth day of June next, the district of Bermuda Hundred and City Point, as at present constituted in the state of Virginia, shail be called the district of Petersburg, to comprehend Petersburg, City Point, and all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, and inlets of James River, from Hood's and the junction of Chicahoming to the junction of the James and Appamattox rivers, and from thence to the highest tide-water of Appamattox, and also the Chicahoming to its highest tide-water mark; and the port for the said district shall extend from Petersburg to City Point. And another district shall be formed to be called the district of Richmond, to comprehend Richmond, and Manchester, and Bermuda Hundred, and all the waters, shores, bays, harbors, and iplets of James river from Bermuda Hundred, including the harbor thereof, to the highest tide-water of James river; and the port shall extend from Richmond and Mianchester to Bermuda Hundred. The office of collector for the district of Petersburg shall be kept in the town of Petersburg ; and a collectop shall be appointed for the Richmond district, whose office shall be kept in the city of Richmond ; and the surveyors within those two distries shall continue to reside at the places at present established by law. (See antea ll, and postea 121.]
116. Sect. V. The master of any ship or vessel, bound to any district of James River above Sewal's Point, shall, before he pass by the said Point, and immediately after his arrival either at the same or at Hampton Road, deposit with the collector of the port of Norfolk and Portsmouth, or of Hampton, a true manifest of the cargo on board such ship or vessel ; and the said collector shall, after registering the manifesy transmit the saine duly certified to have been so deposited, to the officer with whom the entries are to be made : And the said collector may, whenever he shall judge it to be necessary for the security of the revenue, put an inspector of the customs on board any such ship or vessel, io accompany the same until her arrival at the first port of entry or delivery, in the district, to which such ship or vessel may be destiued: And if the master or commander of any such ship or vessel shall neglect or omit to deposit a manifest in manner as aforesaid, or shall refuse to receive an inspector of the customs on board, as the case shall require, he shall forieit and pay five hundred dollars, to be recovered with costs of suit, one half for the use of the officer with whom such manifest ought to have been deposited, and the other half to the use of the collector of the district to which the said ship or vessel may be bound.
ACT of February 18, 1801. (Vol. V. p. 260.) 117. The port of Biddeford and Pepperrelborough, and the port of New Bedford, in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, shall be, and they are hereby made, poris of entry for ships or vessels arriving from the Cape of Good Flope, and from places beyond the same.
ACT of February 25, 1801. (Vol. V. p. 260.) 118. Sect. I. From and after the thirty-first day of March next, the towns of Bristol, Warren and Barrington, in the state of Rhode Island, and Providence Plantations, and all the shores and waters around the same, within the following limits, viz. a line beginning at the middle of the bay, between Mount Hope and Common Fence Point, running south westerly through the middle of Bristol Ferry, and continuing such course until it strikes a point of equal distance from Rhode-Island to Prudence Island, from thence northwardly on a straight line to the westermost part of Valant Point, and from thence to the western shore of Bullock's Point, shall be a district, to be called the district of Bristol, of which the port of Bristol shall be the sole port of entry, and a collector for said district shall be appointed to reside at Bristol, and Warren and Barrington shall be ports of delivery only, and a surveyor shall be appointed to reside at each of the ports of Bristol and Warren ; and the surveyor at Warren shall also be surveyor for the port of Barrington.
119. SECT. II. Said port of Bristol shall also be a port of entry, for all ships or vessels arriving from the Cape of Good Hope, or places beyond the same.
120. Sect. III. From and after the said thirty-first day of March next, the towns of Kittery and Berwick, in the state of Massachusetts shall be annexed to the district of Portsmouth ja New Hampshire, as ports of delivery only : Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the master or commander of any ship or vessel, having merchandise on board, destined for either of the said places, from making entry at his option, with the collector of the district of York, and obtaining permits for the deliyery thereof as heretofore. [See anica 1, 2.)