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Practical Guide for Consular Officers,
AND ALSO FOR
MERCHANTS, SHIPOWNERS, AND MASTERS OF AMERICAN VESSELS
IN ALL THEIR CONSULAR TRANSACTIONS.
334 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
THE first edition of the Consular Manual being ex
hausted, and the demand for the work still continued,
the publisher has taken the opportunity, in presenting
to the public a new edition, to introduce several important statutes, having relation to the duties of consuls, recently enacted by Congress, and to make such
corrections in the text as were thereby rendered necessary or have been suggested by experience.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
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affecting the shipping interests of the country, which were adopted more than half a century ago, and were subsequently repealed; abolishes all fees heretofore received by consuls, prescribes a new tariff of consular fees, and imposes heavy penalties for malfeasance and for neglecting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, the regulations of the Department of State for consular officers, and forms to be observed in the transaction of consular business.