Thomas Jefferson Papers

Proclamation re British ship Cambrian, 20 December 1806

20 December 1806

Whereas by a Proclamation bearing date the 3d. day of May last, for reasons therein stated, the British vessels of war called the Leander, the Cambrian, & the Driver, were for ever interdicted the entrance of the harbors & waters under the jurisdiction of the US. and in case of any of them re-entering the harbours or waters aforesaid, all intercourse with them was forbidden, all supplies and aid prohibited from being furnished them under the penalties by law provided: And whereas one of the said armed vessels, the Cambrian, has lately entered into the waters of the Chesapeake, within which, with certain other British armed vessels, she still remains: I have therefore thought fit to issue this my Proclamation, forbidding, so long as the said Cambrian shall be within the waters of the Chesapeak, all intercourse, not only with the said armed vessel the Cambrian, but with every armed vessel of the same nation, their officers & crews now in the sd. bay of Chesapeak, or it’s waters, or which may enter the same. And I do declare & make known, that if any person from, or within, the jurisdictional limits of the US. shall afford any aid to any of the said armed vessels, contrary to the prohibition contained in this proclamation, either in repairing any of them, or in furnishing them, their officers or crews, with supplies of any kind, or in any manner whatsoever, or if any pilot shall assist in navigating any of the said armed vessels, unless it be for the purpose of carrying them, in the first instance, beyond the limits & jurisdiction of the US. such person or persons shall, on conviction, suffer all the pains & penalties by the laws provided for such offences. And I do hereby enjoin & require all persons bearing office civil or military, within the US. and all others, citizens or inhabitants thereof, or being within the same, with vigilance & promptitude, to exert their respective authorities, & to be aiding & assisting to the carrying this proclamation and every part thereof into full effect.

In testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the US. to be affixed to these presents, and have signed the same with my hand. Given at the city of Washington the 20th. day of December in the year of our lord 1806. and of the sovereignty & independance of the United States the thirty first.


this was not issued, the Cambrian having gone off

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