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preceding Annual Statement for 1815; with Notes in relation to the increase of the Registered and Enrolled Tonnage respectively, in 1816. By this Statement, it appears that the total amount of new Vessels, built in the several Districts of The United States in 1816, was: Registered Tonnage.............

62,206 41 Enrolled ditto

69,461 45

Total Amount, Tons 131,667 86

I have the honor to be, &c.

JOSEPH NOURSE, Register. The Hon. Wm. H. Crawford.

Recapitulation of the Tonnage of The United States, for the Year 1816.

Tons 95ths. The aggregate amount of the Tonnage of The United States, on the 31st December, 1816, is stated at 1,372,218 53

Whereof :

Permanent Registered

Tonnage... 701,477 66 ....... 99,281 92

Total Registered Tonnage ......

800,759 63 Permanent Enrolled and licensed Tonnage

501,497 41 Temporary

..... 17,529 03 Total Enrolled and Licensed Tonnage.... .... (a) 519,026 44

Licensed Vessels, under 20 Tons, employed in the Coasting Trade 42,185 70 Cod Fishery ....

10,246 66

Total Licensed Tonnage, under 20 Tons......

52,432 41


1,372,218 53

(a) Ofthe Enrolled and Licensed Tonnage, there was employed in the Coasting Trade..........

479,979 14 Whale Fishery

1,168 00 Cod Fishery

57,879 30 Tons ...... 519,026 44

Treasury Department,

JOSEPH NOURSE, Register. Register's Office, 14th January, 1818.

General Statement of Tonnage Accounts, showing the Increase of

Registered Enrolled Licensed



Tonnage. Tonnage. Tonnage


To Balance, as appears by General Tons. Tons. Tons. Tons, 95ths. Decem. 31. Statement of Tonnage on this day

800,759 63 519,026 44 52,432 41 1,372,218 53 To amount of Tonnage sold_to

Foreigners, as per Collectors' Re.
turns, for the year 1816
22,932 37 447 34

23,379 71 Amount of Tonnage lost at sea, as

per Collectors' Returns for the year

16,991 59 5,599 82

22,591 46 Amount of Tonnage captured during

the late War, as per Collectors'
Returns for 1816 -

1,663 16 1,430 30

3,093 46 Amount of Tonnage condemned as

unseaworthy, as per Collectors'
Returns for 1816 -

5,376 35 1,325 91

6,702 31 To this difference in the registered

and enrolled Tonnage, which, it is
presumed, arises from transfers in
1815, not credited until 1816 68,778 00 4,438 72

73,216 71

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Tons, and 95ths

916,501 20 532,268 67 52,432 41

501,202 33

Note.—The increase of the Registered Tonnage for the Year 1816, is shown as follows :

Registered Registered Vessels.


Ships. Brigs. Schr's. Sloops. Tons 95ths There were built during the year 1816

73 Ill


24 62,206 41

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73,216 71 4,090 70

The difference in the Registered and Enrolled Tonnage above, brought
The nominal increase appears to be -

Tons, 95ths..
Treasury Department,
Register's Office, 14th January, 1818.

77,307 46

Tunnage, from the 31st Dec. 1815, to the 31st Dec. 1816, inclusive.


Registered Enrolled

Licensed Aggregate

Tonnage. Tonnage Tonnage. Tonnage.

Tons. TORS. Tons. Tons. 95ths 1815. By Balance, per Statement for the Decem, 31.

854,294 74 462,807 22 51,025 77 1,368,127 78

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There were lost at sea, per Collec-
tors Returns for 1816 -

6 36 36 5,599 82 There were captured during the

late War, per Collectors' Returns
for the year 1816 -

9 11

1,430 30 There were condemned as unsea

worthy, per Collectors' Returns
for the year 1816

13 14 1,325 91 The difference in favor of the

real increase of Enrolled Ton-
nage for the year 1816, is -


14 555 336 60,657 93 Tons, 95ths.. 3

22 617

19,461 45 The difference in favor of the increased Registered Tonnage, brought over 15,242 84

Ditto ditto Enrolled Tonnage, brought down 60,657 93
Ditto in the Licensed Tonnage, under twenty tons, brought

1,406 59

Tons, 95ths.. 77,307 46 JOSEPH NOURSE,



CAPITULATION of the Spanish Troops at Amelia Island,

and Proclamation, &c. of General MacGregor, as Commander-in-Chief of the Spanish-American Forces.*-Fernandina, June, July, 1817.

(1.)— Capitulation of the Island of Amelia.—(Translation.)

Fernandina, 29th June, 1817. BRIGADIER-General MacGregor, Commander-in-Chief of all the Forces, both Naval and Military, destined to effect the Independence of the Floridas, duly authorized by the Constituted Authorities of the Republics of Mexico, Buenos Ayres, New-Granada and Venezuela, offers to Don Francisco Morales, Capilan del Regimiento de Cuba, and Commandant, Civil and Military, of the Island of Amelia, the following Terms:

Art. I. The Commandant, Civil and Military, Don Francisco de Morales, shall forth with surrender the Garrison of the Island, with all the arms and munitions of War belonging to the King of Spain.

II. All the Officers and Troops of the Garrison shall surrender as Prisoners of War, to be sent to Augustine, or to The Havana, with their private baggage, which shall be respected.

III. The lives and property of all Private Persons, whether Friends or Foes to the System of Independence, shall be sacred and inviolate; and to those who do not choose to join the Standard of Independence, 6 months shall be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of their property.

IV. The General also offers to the Inhabitants of Amelia, whether Friends or Foes, who have absented themselves on account of the present circumstances, the privilege of returning to their Homes, and enjoying the benefit of the IIIrd Article of this Capitulation; and Passports will be freely granted to all who wish to depart.

The preceding Articles were agreed to between the Commandant, Don Francisco Morales, and the Secretary of General MacGregor.



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(2.) Proclamation of General MacGregor.(Translation.)

Head Quarters, Amelia Island, 30th June, 1817. Gregor MacGREGOR, Brigadier-General of the Armies of the United Provinces of New-Granada and Venezuela, and General-in

* Referred to as Addenda, to the Message of the President of the United States to Congress, respecting Amelia Island, of 13th January, 1818. See Vol, 1817,--18. Page 762.

Chief of the Armies for the 2 Floridas, commissioned by the Supreme Authorities of Mexico, South America, &c.

Inhabitants of the Island of Amelia,

Your Brethren of Mexico, Buenos Ayres, New-Granada and Venezuela, who are so gloriously engaged in fighting for their Independence, that inestimable gift which Nature has bestowed upon her Children, and which all civilized Nations have endeavoured to secure by social Compacts,—desirous that all the Sons of Columbia should participate in that imprescriptible right-have confided to me the command of the Land and Naval Forces.

Peaceable Inhabitants of Amelia,

Do not apprehend any danger or oppression from the Troops which are now in possession of your Island, either to your persons, property or religion: however various the climes in which they may have received their birth, they are, nevertheless, your Brethren and Friends. Their first object will be to protect your rights; your property will be held sacred and inviolable; and every thing will be done to promote your real interests, by co-operating with you in carrying into effect the virtuous intentions of our Constituents; thereby becoming the instruments for the commencement of a National emancipation. Unite your Forces with our's, until Spanish America shall be placed by her high destinies in that rank amongst the Nations, which the Most High has appointed; a Country by its extent and fertility, offering the most abundant sources of wealth and happiness.

The moment is important. Let it not escape, without having commenced the great work of delivering Columbia from that tyranny which has been exercised in all parts of it, and which, in order to continue its power, has kept the People in the most degrading ignorance, depriving them of the advantages resulting from a free intercourse with other Nations, and of that prosperity which the arts and sciences produce, when under the protection of wholesome Laws; blessings which you will be enabled properly to appreciate, only when you shall have become a free People.

You, who have been badly advised to abandon your Homes, whatever may have been the place of your birth, your political or religious opinions, return without delay, and resume your former occupations. Deprecate the evil counsels which your Enemies may disseminate among you. Listen to the voice of lionor,-to the promises of a sincere and disinterested Friend,—and return to the fulfilment of those duties which Nature has imposed upon you.

He who will not swear to maintain that Independence which has been declared, will be allowed 6 months, to settle his affairs, to sell or remove his property without molestation, and to enjoy all the advantages which the Laws grant in such cases.

Friends or Enemies of our present System of Emancipation, whoever

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