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the arrival of Goods in this country it has been found that from not knowing the law, they have been so brought that they could not be imported to be used therein?

The utility of a Work by which these consequences may be guarded against cannot be doubted; but then its worth must depend entirely upon whether its accuracy can be implicitly relied upon; with this view nothing is given without an authority, and a reference to where that authority may be found—whether it be an Act of Parliament— the London Gazette—the Minutes of the Treasury and Customs' Boards—or the Law Reports.

The desire to make the Book as extensively useful as practicable has necessarily led to the introduction of a great variety of subjects, and as it contains the Duties Of CustomsReciprocity Acts and Orders—the ProHibitions and Restrictions of Goods Inwards and Outwards—the Warehousing Laws—the Trade to the British Possessions—the Trade to the East Indies and Cape Of Good Hope Foreign ExChanges, &c. &c. it is hoped it will be found to be equally useful to the Merchant in the Counting House as elsewhere, especially as all the Conventions and ComMercial Treaties between this Country and Foreign Powers have been given at full length, by which the Duties, Drawbacks, and Charges in those Countries respectively have been mutually regulated.

I am, Gentlemen, very respectfully, ; Your most obedient

Humble Servant,

I. STIKEMAN. 9, St. Dunslan's Hill;

27 September, 1832.

p.S,—As it is deemed of some interest to the Commercial Body that the Principles of the General Ship Owners' Society should be fully and generally known and understood, the following particulars are given.

COMMITTEE

FOR MANAGING THE AFFAIRS OF THE GENERAL SHIP OWNERS'

SOCIETY.

GEORGE PALMER, E«q, Chairman.
GEORGE FREDERICK YOUNG, Esq., Deputy-Chairman,

elected at North Shields.
JOHN W. BUCKLE, Esq.
HENRY BLANSHARD, E«q.
ROBERT BARRY, Esq., elected at Whitby.
JONATHAN CHAPMAN, Esq.
JOHN CHAPMAN, Esq.
ROBERT CARTER, Esq.

NATHANIEL DOMETT, Esq.

CHARLES EN DERBY, Esq.

THOMAS FORREST, Esq , elected at South Shields.

RALPH FENW1CK, Esq, elected at Sundeklahd.

NATHANIEL GOULD, Esq.

HENRY NELSON, Esq.

JOHN PIRIE, Esq.

JOHN D. POWLES, Esq.

WILLIAM TINDALL, Esq., elected at Scaeboeouuu.

Al a General Meeting of Ship Owners, held at the City of London Tavern, on Thursday, the 9lh of June, 1831,

It was unanimously resolved,

* That the continued and increasing depression of the British Shipping Interest rendering it more than ever essential that a General Association should be formed of the Ship Owners of the United Kingdom, fur the ufivctual preservation, protection, and support of their great and common interests; the recommendations of the Provisional Committee appointed on the I Oth of April, 1828, for the formation of such an Association, be forthwith adopted."

The General Ship Owners' Society has in consequence been organised on the basis recommended, which is considered calculated to ensure a constant and efficient attention to all questions in which British Maritime Interests are involved, and as provision is therein made for the adequate representation of the Ship Owners at the Out-ports, in the General Committee in London, it is anticipated that the cordial assistance and support of the great body of British Ship Owners throughout the Empire may be confidently relied on.

RULES AND REGULATIONS.

All Ship Owners or other persons interested in British Shipping, subscribing Fifty Guineas, or upwards, in one sum, to be Members of the Society for Life; those subscribing Five Guineas, or upwards, in one sum, together with not less than One Guinea annually, and those subscribing One Guinea, or upwards, annually, to be Members so long as their Annual Subscriptions shall continue to be paid.

The Members to be entitled to vote at all ballots, according to the following scale, via.—

Members for Life; those subscribing Twenty-five Guineas, or up-
wards, in one sum, together with Five Guineas, or upwards,
annually; and those subscribing Ten Guineas, or upward*, an-
nually, to have

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Members subscribing Fifteen Guineas, or upwards, in one sum, together with Three Guineas, or upwards, annually; and those subscribing Five Guineas, or upwards, annually, to have Two Votes.

Members subscribing Five Guineas, or upwards, in one sum, together with One Guinea, or upwards, annually; and those subscribing One Guinea, or upwards, annually, to have One Vote.

The Ship Owners of the Out-Ports to be invited to cooperate with the Society, by the formation of District Associations, to be governed by their own rules. An annual contribution of £50 from any such Association to entitle the Port, from which it is received, to the annual appointment of a respectable individual usually resident in London as a Member of the General Committee; an annual subscription of £100 to entitle to two; and of £-00 to three Members, but in no case to any greater number. Any smaller annual contribution than £50, from any Association, to constitute the Association, from which it is received, a part of the General Society, and entitle it to enter into correspondence with the General Committee. All such Associations, whether having elected any individual as a Member of the General Committee or not, to be recommended to make such communications as from time to time may be found advisable to promote the general objects and advantage of the British Shipping Interest.

The affairs of the Society to be managed by a Committee in London, consisting of twelve Members, to be chosen by ballot at a General Meeting of the Society, to be annually convened in London for that special purpose, and of the individuals elected at such Out-Ports as may be entitled to the privilege under the preceding regulation. Such four of the said twelve Members as shall have least frequently attended during the first year, to go out at the expiration thereof, and to be replaced by an equal number by ballot, as above; the same course to be pursued at the expiration of the second year, with respect to such four of the original Members as shall have least frequently attended in that year; and in all subsequent years, one-third of the said number to go out annually by rotation, and not to be eligible for re-election for twelve mouths. In the event of any vacancy occurring in the Committee, by resignation or casualty, the individual standing next in number of votes, on the ballotting list of the last previous election, to become a Member of the Committee for the remaining period of the time during which the party occasioning the vacancy would have coutinued therein.

The Chairman or Deputy Chairman of any Association subscribing to the Funds of this Society, or any Member thereof who may be specially deputed to attend in London upon any occasion before the Parliament, or other important occasion, to be Honorary Members of the General Committee during the period that they shall remain in London.

The Committee to nominate by ballot, at the first meeting after their appointment, a Chairman and Deputy Chairman, from their own body, for one year; the Utter to become Chairman for the following year; aud the Committee for the second, and each succeeding year, to nominate by ballot at the first meeting after their appointment, a Deputy Chairman, who shall euccced in rotation to the chair The Committee to appoint a Secretary and such other Assistants as may be requisite for conducting the business of the Society. Five Members to be a quorum, except at the Meetings for appointment of Chairman or Deputy Chairman, at which the attendance of not less than one half of the Members of the Committee to be indispensable.

The funds to be under the control and management of the C'-mmittee, who are annually to lay before a General Meeting of the Members a detailed Statement of the receipts and expenditure of the Society, together with a Report of their proceedings during the preceding year.

N. W. SYMONDS, Office, 72, Cornhill, London. Secretary.

INTRODUCTION.

The interests connected with the business of Shipping are so important
and so diversified, whether considered with reference to the persons
concerned in their individual characters as Ship Owners, Masters, or
Merchants, or with regard to the connexion which necessarily exists
between them—the property intrusted to the Masters of Ships is so
large, and the situations in which they will of necessity be placed,
(especially when abroad,) must be often so difficult, that with the view
to their assistance it has been deemed proper to put the present Edition
into an entirely new and systematic arrangement.

Following the original intention of compiling An Assistant to the
Shipmaster, all that relates to him, whether in the capacity of Master
only—or as Master and part Owner—as well as what may concern him
and the crew—the Regulations of Ports and Harbours of England—
Pilots and the Rates of Pilotage throughout England and Scotland (a
thing never before done on so complete a scale)—Quarantine Regula-
tion?—Carrying of Passengers, &c.—forms as many Chapters, in the
following order:—

FIRST PART, viz.—

Chapter I.—Owners of Ships.

II.—Masters of Ships.

III.—Seamen and Seamen's Wages, Impressment.

IV.—Ports and Harbours.

General Laws.

Particular Ports.

The Docks.

Ballast, &c.

V.—Of Pilots and Pilotage, and Orders in Council
relating thereto.

VI.—Quarantine Laws.

V11.—Carry i ng Passe nge rs.

VIII.—Aliens.

IX.—Conveyance of Ship Letters.

X.—Colours, Salutes, and Ship Accounts.

The SECOND PART

Is of a more general nature, embracing what is equally important to

the MERCHANT, as the Shipmaster and Owner, and contains the

alterations made in the laws down to the end of the last Session of

Parliament:—the subjects are—

Chapter I.—Registry of Ships.

II.—Navigation Laws.

III.—Smuggling Acts.

IV.—Customs.—Management.

V.— Regulation—Inwards.

Outwards.

Coastwise.

ChAprER' VI.—Customs.—Duties.

Reciprocity.

Commercial Treaties.

VII.—Warehousing.

VIII.— Bounties and Allowances.

IX.—British Possessions abroad, and Orders in

Council relating thereto.

X.—Trade of the Isle of Man.

XI.—The Corn Laws.

XII.—The Coal Trade.

XIII.—The East India Trade.

XIV.—The British Fisheries.

XV.—Consular Fees.

The THIRD PART contains—

Chapter I.—Freight, Charter Party, and Demurrage.

II.—Marine Assurances.

PART THE FOURTH-

CHAPTER I.—Bills of Exchange and Stamp Duties.

II.—Of Factors and Factorage.

III.—Weights and Measures, and Exchanges of the

different Trading Places in the World.

IV.—Of the Admiralty.

V.—Mediterranean Passes.

VI.—Of the Transport Service.

VII.—The Slave Trade.

VIII.—Privateers and Foreign Enlistment.

IX.—South Sea Duties,—Duties payable to the

Russian Company,—Scavage, and other

Dues payable to the City of London.

MISCELLANEOUS.

Arrangement of the Countries with which the

Foreign Trade of Great Britain is carried

on.

Table showing the computed length of Time
required to make ditferent Voyages.

Systematic and comprehensive as this arrangement is, and with the
view to make the Book of still greater practical utility by a ready refer-
ence to any particular subject, the most important of the Contents of
each Chapter have been set out in a conspicuous manner by way of
Index to the whole; and the Publishers beg to add, that they will be
happy at all times to receive communications from intelligent and
experienced persons, by which they may profit, so as to render the
Work in the greatest degree, what they are desirous it should be—A

PRACTICAL AND USEFUL ASSISTANT TO THE SHIPMASTER.

39, Paternoster Row.

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