Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1805. First Edition. 8 X 10 Inches. Very Good. Item #3133
Very Scarce ORIGINAL "CIRCULAR TO THE CONSULS AND COMMERCIAL AGENTS OF THE UNITED STATES"
DATED JULY 1ST, 1805 - Signed by Secretary of State JAMES MADISON
Among the regulations discussed in the circular at two relatively important ones. The first is the instruction to consuls and commercial agents to purchase and return to the US any information on disease and quarantine regulations from the countries visited. A cap of $5.00 per year is assigned to this expenditure. The second is the regulation stating that no "certificates of ownership" will be issued and/or honored to vessels owned by any person who has lived in their native country for one year and/or in any other country for two years. In an effort to protect our borders and build a loyal citizenry, this measure pushed the limits of the very freedom the country was built on.
Two pages, folded. Three small punch holes to blank left edge, two horizontal mailing folds, and a few light creases. Boldly signed by James Madison at the conclusion.