The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2

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Treaty Between Texas

of the Bath, and Her Britannic Majesty's Principal Secretary of
State for Foreign Affairs; who, after having communicated to each
other their respective Full Powers, found in good and due form,
have agreed upon and concluded the following articles:
ARTICLE I.
The Republic of Texas and Her Majesty, the Queen of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, engage to prohibit
African Slave Trade, either by their respective citizens or subjects,
or under their respective flags, or by means of capital belonging
to their respective citizens or subjects, and to declare such trade
piracy. And the high contracting parties further declare, that any
vessel attempting to carry on the slave trade shall, by that act
alone, lose all right to claim the protection of their flag.
ARTICLE II.
In order more completely to accomplish the object of the present
treaty, the high contracting parties mutually consent that those
ships of their respective navies which shall be provided with special
warrants and orders, according to the form in Annex A, to this
treaty, may visit such merchant vessels of either of the high contracting
parties as mayj upon reasonable grounds, be suspected of
being engaged in the aforesaid traffic in slaves, or of having been
fitted out for that purpose, or of having, during the voyage on
which they are met with by the said cruisers, been engaged in the
aforesaid traffic; and that such cruisers may detain, and send or
carry away such vessels, in order that they may be brought to trial
in the manner hereinafter agreed upon.
But the above mentioned right of searching merchant vessels
of either of the high contracting parties, shall be exercised only
by ships of war, whose commanders shall have the rank of
captain, or at least that of lieutenant in the navy, unless the
command shall, by reason of death or otherwise, be held by an
officer of inferior rank, and the commander of such ship of war
shall be furnished with a warrant according to the form annexed
to this treaty, letter A, and the said right shall not be
exercised within the Mediterranean sea, nor within those seas in
Europe which lie without the Straits of Gibralter, and to the
northward of the 37th parallel of north latitude, and within and

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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 2. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6726/. Accessed July 31, 2014.