[2 November 1810]
President of the United States,
Whereas by the fourth section of the act of Congress, passed on the first day of May, 1810, entitled “An act concerning the commercial intercourse between the United States and Great Britain and France and their dependencies and for other purposes,” it is provided “that in case either Great Britain or France shall, before the third day of March next, so revoke or modify her edicts as that they shall cease to violate the neutral commerce of the United States, which fact the President of the United States shall declare by1 proclamation, and if the other nation shall not within three months thereafter so revoke or modify her edicts in like manner, then the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth and eighteenth sections of the act, entitled ’An act to interdict the commercial intercourse between the United States and Great Britain and France and their dependencies, and for other purposes,’ shall, from and after the expiration of three months from the date of the proclamation aforesaid, be revived and have full force and effect, so far as relates to the dominions, colonies and dependencies, and to the articles the growth, produce or manufacture of the dominions, colonies and dependencies of the nation thus refusing or neglecting to revoke or modify her edicts in the manner aforesaid. And the restrictions imposed by this act shall, from the date of such proclamation, cease and be discontinued in relation to the nation revoking or modifying her decrees in the manner aforesaid:”
And whereas it has been officially made known to this government that the2 edicts of France violating the neutral commerce of the United States have been so revoked as to cease to have effect, on the first of the present month: Now, therefore, I, James Madison, President of the United States, do hereby proclaim that the said edicts of France have been so revoked as that they ceased3 on the said first day of the present month to violate the neutral commerce of the United States; and that, from the date of these presents, all the restrictions imposed by the aforesaid act shall cease and be discontinued in relation to France and her dependencies.
In testimony whereof, I have caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed, and signed the same with my hand at the city of Washington, this second day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten, and of the independence of the United States the thirty-fifth.
By the President,
R. Smith, Secretary of State.
Printed circular (DNA: RG 233, President’s Messages, 11th Cong., 3d sess.); draft (DLC). Printed with Treasury Department circular to customs collectors, 2 Nov. 1810. Enclosed in JM’s message to Congress, 14 Jan. 1811. Draft in the hand of Caesar A. Rodney, amended and docketed by JM.
1. In Rodney’s draft the remainder of this paragraph reads: “proclamation,’ then, the restrictions imposed by the said act, ’shall cease & be discontinued in relation to the nation so revoking or modifying her decrees.’”
2. Here Rodney’s draft reads: “French decrees of Berlin & Milan were revoked, & that they would cease to have effect on the first instant.” JM altered it to: “… were so revoked, as that …” and wrote “the present” after “the first instant.”
3. Rodney’s draft from this point reads: “to have effect on the first instant, & that from the date of these presents …” Someone, probably JM, interlined “to violate &c” above “effect.”