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UNITED STATES CONSULAR SYSTEM:
MANUAL FOR CONSULS,
AND ALSO FOR
MERCHANTS, SHIPOWNERS AND MASTERS
THEIR CONSULAR TRANSACTIONS;
THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE IN
PRIVILEGES, AND LIABILITIES.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1856,
By TAYLOR & MAURY,
in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia.
At the late session of Congress, an act was passed to regulate the diplomatic and consular systems of the United States. This act is of a most comprehensive character, and enters into much detail in relation to consular affairs, prescribing duties to be observed by merchants engaged in foreign trade, shipowners and shipmasters, collectors of customs, and American travellers in European countries; repeals many of the provisions of existing laws, and revives others, intimately affecting the shipping interests of the country, which were adopted more than half a century ago, and were subsequently repealed; abolishes all fees heretofore received by consuls, prescribes a new tariff of consular fees, and imposes heavy penalties for malfeasance and for neglecting the observance of the requisitions of the statute. The importance of these provisions, affecting as they do so many classes of the community, has suggested the publication of this volume for general information. It embraces, as will be perceived, in addition to a brief historical sketch of the consular system of the United States, the regulations of the Department of State for consular officers, the laws relating to their duties, forms to be observed in the transaction of consular business, together with copious indexes for convenience of reference.