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BRITISH NOTIFICATION, of the Greek Blockade of part of the Gulf of Argolis.*-London, March 11, 1862.

Foreign Office, March 11, 1862.

THE Right Honourable the Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received from the Greek Chargé d'Affaires at this court, an official communication dated the 9th of March instant, stating that in consequence of the insurrection which had broken out at Nauplia, the King's Government had placed in a state of strict blockade some of the coasts of the Gulf of Argolis, specified in a notification from the (Greek) Department of the Marine, dated the 14th February, in the present year.

Printed copies of such notification in the French language (of which a translation is herewith appended), were transmitted by the Greek Chargé d'Affaires to Earl Russell with the above communication, accompanied by a request that the notification might be made known to Her Majesty's subjects.

Notification relative to a Blockade of a part of the Gulf of Argolis. (Translation.) Department of Marine, Athens, February 1, 1862.

It is notified by these presents that, on and from the 13th of this present month of February, all the coasts of the Gulf of Argolis from the roadstead of Astros, not included, to the Bay of Vourlia, included, have been placed in a state of strict blockade by a sufficient force of the Royal Navy.

It is further notified that all measures, authorized by the law of nations and the several Treaties between His Majesty the King of Greece and the different friendly Powers, will be adopted and carried into execution, in regard to all ships which shall attempt to violate the said blockade.

D. BOTZARIS, Minister of Marine.

BRITISH NOTIFICATION of the raising of the Greek Blockade of the Gulf of Argolis.+-London, May 8, 1862.

Foreign Office, May 8, 1862.

WITH reference to the notification, dated Foreign Office, March 11th last, and published in the supplement to the "London Gazette" of March last, on the subject of the blockade by His Majesty the * Supplement to the "London Gazette" of March 11, 1862.

+"London Gazette" of May 9, 1862.

King of Greece of some of the coasts of the Gulf of Argolis, it is hereby notified that the Right Honourable the Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received from the Greek Chargé d'Affaires at this Court an official communication, dated the 6th May instant, stating that the insurrection at Nauplia having been completely subdued, the King's Government had raised the blockade imposed on the 13th of February, 1862, upon a part of the Gulf of Argolis, and that the Greek Department of Marine had published a notification to this effect, dated the end of April.

(Translation.)

Marine Department, Athens, April 19, 1862. NOTIFICATION relative to raising the blockade, placed the th February, 1862, on part of the Gulf of Argolis.

It is notified by these presents that the blockade placed in virtue of our notification of the 14th February, 1862, on the coasts of the Gulf of Argolis, between the anchoring-ground of Astros, not comprised, and the Bay of Vourlia therein comprised, has been raised from the end of this month.

A. A. MIAOULIS, Minister of Marine.

BRITISH NOTIFICATION, of the French Blockade of the Ports of Tampico and Alvarado in the Gulf of Mexico.*London, June 17, 1862.

Foreign Office, June 17, 1862. Ir is hereby notified that the Right Honourable the Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received from Her Majesty's Ambassador at Paris a despatch, inclosing a copy of a note from M. Thouvenel, dated the 7th instant, transmitting a copy of a notification inserted in the "Moniteur" of that day, declaring the ports of Tampico and Alvarado, in the Gulf of Mexico, to be blockaded by the French forces; of which notification the following is a copy and translation:

Notification relative au Blocus des Ports de Tampico et d'Alvarado, dans le Golfe du Mexique.

Département de la Marine et des Colonies,
Paris, le 5 Juin, 1862.

Il est notifié, par les présentes, que son Excellence le Ministre de la Marine et des Colonies a éte informé par le Vice-Amiral Commandant-en-chef les forces navales Françaises dans le Golfe du * "London Gazette" of June 17, 1862.

Mexique que le 1er Mai dernier, et à partir dudit jour, il a été établi, par les forces navales placées sous son commandement, un blocus effectif des ports de Tampico et d'Alvarado.

Il est, en outre, notifié par les présentes, que toutes les mesures autorisées par le droit des gens, et les Traités respectifs existant entre Sa Majesté et les différentes Puissances neutres, seront adoptées et exécutées par rapport à tous les navires qui tenteraient de violer le dit blocus.

BRITISH NOTIFICATION, of the French Blockade of the Port of Mazatlan, on the West Coast of Mexico.*—London, July 25, 1862.

Foreign Office, July 25, 1862.

Ir is hereby notified that the Right Honourable the Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty a communication, enclosing a letter from Captain Miller, of Her Majesty's ship Clio, dated Acapulco, the 15th of June, reporting that the port of Mazatlan, on the West Coast of Mexico, was blockaded on the 28th of May last, by the frigate Bayonnaise, belonging to the Naval Forces of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of the French,

BRITISH NOTIFICATION, of the Italian Blockade of the Island of Sicily.+-London, August 25, 1862.

Foreign Office, August 25, 1862.

It is hereby notified that, on the 23rd instant, Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, received from the Italian Chargé d'Affaires at this court, the announcement that the Government of the King of Italy had instituted a blockade of the Island of Sicily and the neighbouring islands. The following is the official communication received by Earl Russell :

49, Grosvenor Street, Londres, le 23 Août, 1862. Le Soussigné, Chargé d'Affaires de Sa Majesté le Roi d'Italie, a été chargé par son Gouvernement d'annoncer à celui de Sa Majesté Britannique, que le Gouvernement du Roi, par suite des recens

"London Gazette" of July 25, 1862. "London Gazette" of August 26, 1862.

évènements, a déclaré le blocus de l'Ile de Sicile ainsi que des îles voisines.

Le Soussigné a, par conséquent, l'honneur de notifier ce fait à Monsieur le Comte Russell, Principal Secrétaire d'Etat pour les Affaires Etrangères de Sa Majesté Britannique, et saisit cette occasion pour lui renouveler l'assurance de sa plus haute considération.

L. CORTI.

BRITISH NOTIFICATION, of the raising of the Italian Blockade of Sicily and the adjacent Islands.*-London, September 2, 1862.

Foreign Office, September 2, 1862.

IT is hereby notified that, on the 1st day of this month, Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, received from the Italian Chargé d'Affaires, resident at this court, the annoucement that the blockade of the island of Sicily and of the neighbouring islands, notified to Earl Russell on the 23rd of August last, and published in the Gazette of Tuesday last, has been raised by the Italian Government, and is no longer in force.

BRITISH NOTIFICATION, of the Venezuelan Blockade of the Ports and Coasts of Maracaybo.+-London, November 3, 1862.

Foreign Office, November 3, 1862. It is hereby notified, that on the 30th October, Earl Russell, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, received from Her Britannic Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires at Caracas, a despatch, enclosing the copy of a decree issued by the Venezuelan Government, declaring the ports and coasts of Maracaybo in that Republic to be in a state of blockade.

The decree, in so far as it relates to the blockade, is as follows:

(Translation.)

ART. I. That the ports and coasts of Maracaybo are to be closed: that is, all the line which runs from Cape San Roman, in

"London Gazette" of September 2, 1862.

"London Gazette" of November 4, 1862.

the peninsula of Paraguana, to the point Espada, in the Goajira peninsula.

II. The ports and coasts referred to in the preceding Article are also declared in a state of blockade.

III. The blockade will be effective 60 days after date with regard to vessels arriving from Europe; 30 days for those despatched from Demerara and the other West Indian islands, excepting the vessels coming from St. Thomas, St. Croix, Curazoa and its dependencies, for which the time will be 8 days.

IV. If before the expiration of such terms a vessel shall arrive, whatever be its nationality, to the ports and places blockaded, the blockading forces will notify the existence of the blockade, noting in its log-book the day and place, or the latitude in which such vessel was met, and also the notification made. In case the vessel should insist in the pretension to enter, notwithstanding the notification, it will be subject to detention and confiscation.

V. All communication with the places to which the blockade is extended being prohibited, the force in charge thereof will only allow the sailing of such foreign vessels as have entered before the blockade was established.

VI. The Commanders of the blockading force will proceed against the vessels which they detain in consequence of violation of the blockade, in the manner provided by the Order on Privateering of the 30th of March, 1822,* which will be applied in a manner not at variance with the anterior dispositions.

BRITISH NOTIFICATION, of the raising of the French Blockade of the Port of Tampico in favour of Neutral Vessels not carrying contraband of war.†-London, December 12, 1862.

Foreign Office, December 12, 1862. Ir is hereby notified that Earl Russell, K.G., Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has received from Her Majesty's Consul at Vera Cruz, information that the Admiral in command of the naval forces of His Majesty the Emperor of the French, duly notified on the 8th September last to Captain Tatham, of Her Majesty's ship Phaeton, that the port of Tampico would forthwith be open to all neutral vessels, provided they had no contraband of war on board, or passengers endeavouring to land for hostile purposes.

The aforesaid letter of Admiral Jurien is as follows: *Vol. XII. Page 647.

"London Gazette" of December 12, 1862.

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