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FROM THE PEACE OF AMIENS PERIOD

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A beautiful, likely archive, copy of Bulletin #253 containing recently promulgated laws of the Republic. Here is a fascinating look at customs bonded warehouses in Brussels and Ostende, the setting of bridge tolls, special bonuses for certain troops, the import duty on dried cod, various public "donations", the right to gravel lands of St. Pierre & Miquelon Islands, and a prohibition against the export of gold or silver. signed in print by Bonaparte and a host of Government Ministers and certified by Regnier, High Judge and Minister of Justice. This document is uncut and still folded with three small holes where it was likely string bound into an archive book. It is in exquisite condition complete with the original rag edge and full plate uncut sheet. A wonderful Napoleonic Law item from the 11th Year of the Republic, and dated 14 Ventôse (6th month), Spring of 1803.  Years are counted since the establishment of the first French Republic on 22 September 1792. That day became 1 Vendemiaire of the year 1 of the Republic.

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(English translation)

BULLETIN OF THE LAWS OF THE REPUBLIC

 N° 253.

(N° 2364) DECREE establishing the depot for real merchandise in Bruges [Brussels].

From 14 Ventôse, year XI of the indivisible and united Republic.

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, based on the report of the minister of finance; the state council having been heard,

DECREES:

     Art. I. In Bruges’ port there will be a depot for real merchandise and goods that are not prohibited, colonial and others.
     II. The said goods and merchandise will be stored in holdings around the basin of Bruges, and that will include goods that were previously affected by this usage.
     III. The warehouse in Bruges is part of that of Ostende: consequently, the captains of ships loaded with merchandise destined for the Bruges depot will have to stop at Ostende and present a detailed content manifest declaration to the customs agent and must detail the quantities and qualities of the merchandise that is contained in their freight. This formality completed, the hatches will be sealed; the boats sent with a deposit receipt and brought up by two customs agents, who will accompany them to Bruges. Each will be paid two francs per day by the cargo’s owner as a transportation fee. When the boats arrive in the Bruges basin, the merchandise will be offloaded, verified and put into the depot. Fraud will be claimed in every case where the quantities and qualities of the said merchandise are not conform with the declaration made to customs in Ostende.
     IV. Merchandise to be re-exported leaving the Bruges depot will be sent out sealed, sent with a deposit receipt and in a convoy with two customs agents who will stay aboard the boat until they arrive in Ostende where the verifications will be made. Fraud will be declared if the quantities and qualities of merchandise are not conform with those on the deposit receipt issued by customs in Bruges.
     V. The city of Bruges can directly receive goods coming from the French colonies in fulfilling, at the arrival and departure of boats, the formalities indicated in articles III and IV of the current decree, and those described in that of 3 Thermidor, year X.
     VI. The ministers of the interior, finance and of the marines and colonies are in charge of excecting of the current decree, which will be inserted into the Bulletin of Law.

The first Council, signed BONAPARTE. By the first Council: the secretary of state, signed HUGES B. MARET. The minister of finance, signed GAUDIN.


(N° 2365.) DECREE on the reduction of fees that are paid to cross the Saint-Esprit-lès-Baïonne bridge.

From 14 Ventôse

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, on the report of the interior minister;

Considering the law of 14 Floréal, year X, that allows the government, 1st to authorize for ten years, the establishment of bridges of which the construction will be taken on by individuals; 2nd to determine the length of their usage, at the end of which these bridges will be returned to the public domain when they will no longer be community property; 3rd, to fix a toll collection for these bridges;

The state advisory having been heard,

DECREES:

     Art. I. The fee annexed to the law of 13 Nivôse, year X concerning the toll fees applied to the utilization of the Saint-Esprit-lès-Baïonne bridge is reduced to the following rates:

Per each person on foot, with or without goods……………...………………….0F02e½.
Per each person carrying a pitcher………………………….....……………………0.01¼.
Per each carriage, counting the horses and the driver……………………………..2.00.
Per each carriage with four wheels, counting the cargo and the driver…………...2.00.
Per each two wheeled wagon with horses, and counting the driver and the
freight…………………….............……………………………………………………..1.50.
Per an empty carriage…………………………………………..………………………1.
Per an empty two wheeled carriage with horses……………..……………………..0.75.
Per a two wheeled cart with horses and driver……………...……………………….1.50.
Per a full wagon with bull…...…………………………………....……………………60.
Per an empty wagon with bull…………………………………......…………………..0.40.
Per horse, counting the rider……………………………………......…………………0.20.
Per each bull or cow, counting the driver……………………….....………………….0.20.
Per each calf, counting the driver……………………………….....………………….0.10.
Per each donkey, counting the cargo and the driver……………...…………………0.10.
Per pig, counting the driver………………………………………......………………..0.10.
Per sheep, goat or ewe, counting the driver……………………....…………………0.1¼.
Per palanquin……………………………………………………….......………………0.40.

     II. Permitted to have a pass for thirty cents per month are the workers belonging to national marine ateliers and fortifications and also those who work on the merchant marine sites.
     III. Not subject to the tax are military agents traveling with orders, those who are part of the garrison or citadel in the city of Baïonne, and the government workers who are not subject to the toll for street maintenance.
     IV. Personal carriages for the residents of Baïonne going only between their country home and the Saint-Esprit district will only pay two francs for a round trip on the same day.
     V. The interior minister is responsible for the execution of the current decree, which will be inserted into the Bulletin of Laws.

The first Counsel, signed BONAPARTE. For the first Counsel: the secretary of state, signed HUGUES B. MARET. The minister of the interior, signed CHAPTAL.


(N° 2366.) DECREE relating to the distribution of exceptional bonuses after the next

Troop inspection reviews.
From 14 Ventôse

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, on the report of the war minister; the state counsel having heard,

DECREES:

     ART. 1er Immediately after the next inspection reviews, each battalion of infantry line demi-brigades and light infantry, foot soldiers, explosive specialists and bridge builders will receive six extra bonuses given to the lieutenants or under lieutenants of the said battalion; One like bonus to each company of workers and miners, eight to each regiment with troops on horses to every four squadrons, six to each regiment with troops on horses to every three squadrons; and two to each train battalion.
     II. These bonuses will be given by the first Counsel, after the opinion of the superior officers of the corps, the advice of the general inspector and the report from the war minister.
     III. Each of these bonuses will be three hundred francs.
     IV. The war ministers and the public treasury, in the measure that applies to them, are each charged to execute the present decree, which will be inserted in the Bulletin of Laws.

The first Council, signed BONAPARTE. By the first Council: the secretary of state, signed HUGUES B. MARET. The war minister, signed ALEX. BERTHIER.


(N° 2365) DECREE on the new fixation of the right of entry of dried cod.

From 14 Ventôse.

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, on the interior minister’s report; the state advisory heard,

DECREES:

     Art. Ist. The right of entry for dried cod shall be in the future eight francs per five myriagrammes(?)
     II. The ministers of the interior and finance are responsible, each in what concerns him, of the execution of the present decree, which will be inserted in the Bulletin of Laws.

The first Council, signed BONAPARTE. By the first Council: the secretary of state, signed HUGUES B. MARET. The interior minister, signed CHAPTAL.


(N° 2368.) DECREE bearing on the offers made, one by Paul Battreau and Marguerite Finot, his wife, the other by Jean Thomassin et Madeleine Moreau, his wife, to leave, as a donation to the retirement home in Tonnerre in the department of Yonne, their belongings, including furniture and buildings, on the condition of being taken care of during their life, will be accepted by the retirement home’s administrative commission. (From 14 Ventôse.)

(N° 2369.) DECREE that authorizes the administrative commission of the civil retirement home in Pézenas, Hérault department, to except a gift of one thousand francs made to the poor of this retirement home by the Count Joseph Malhebiou, father. (From 14 Ventôse.)

(N° 2370.) DECREE bearing on the gift of one thousand tournois pounds made to the poor at the Miséricorde in Beziers, department of Hérault, by Lady Angélique Drulhes, wife of Joseph Raimond Castan, will be accepted by the goodwill or charity office of the city of Beziers. (From 14 Ventôse.)

(N° 2371) DECREE on the offer made by the unknown debtor of a payment of thirteen pounds six sous and six deniers in Hainaut money, owed to the Republic and hidden until that time from the administration of the domain, should be put at the disposition of the retirement home of Mons, under condition to receive a reimbursement of payment on past due capital and interest on an eligible title that should be remitted to the same retirement home, except to pay the outstanding payment and interest owed on the total amount of this debt, it will be accepted by the administrative commission of retirement homes, which is authorized to pass all necessary acts of this nature. (From 14 Ventôse.)

(N° 2372.) DECREE bearing on the legacy of two complete beds given to the civil retirement home in Montauban, department of Lot by C.en Hugues Nuly, judge of the civil tribunal in this city. In addition, that of an annual and perpetual pension of 300 francs, given to feed and care for the poor who will occupy these two beds, and payable in money except from withholdings, to be paid from this day forth until the death of the benefactor. This will be accepted by the administrative commission of this establishment on the charges and conditions given by the testament, outside of that which will declare the pension not purchasable; of which the clause, being contrary to the law, will be considered null and void. (From 14 Ventôse.)


(N° 2373) DECREE relating to the concession of gravel lands in the Saint-Pierre and Miquelon islands.

From 14 Ventôse

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, on the report of the minister of marines and colonies; the state advisory having heard,

DECREE:

     Art. I The upkeep of the gravel lands hereafter conceded to the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is held to the following conditions.
     II. Each agent in the region will be held to justify his right, before the general administrator of the islands, within the space of one year, to count from the arrival of the Government agents to the area.
     III. Without justification, the said gravel lands will be returned to the domain of the Republic.
     IV. In the space of two years, counting from the same time period, the agents will be obliged to establish their right detailing their usage of the land, and their way of being able to productively fish, under penalty of the ceding of the domain.
     V. If there is cession of the land, Government agents will follow up with it.
     VI. The gravel lands thus ceded will again be temporarily under the control of the general administration, under control of the establishment for two years to count from the approbation date of the Government.
     VII. Every three months, the list of meetings and concessions will be held, conforming to the preceding article, and they will be addressed to the minister of the marines and colonies by the general administrator.
     VIII. The minister of the marines and colonies is charged with the execution of this decree, which will be inserted into the Bulletin of Laws.

The first Council, signed BONAPARTE. By the first Council: the secretary of state, signed HUGUES B. MARET. The minister of marines and colonies, signed DECRÈS.


(N° 2374.) DECREE that prohibits the exportation of any kind of gold or silver material.

From 23 Ventôse.

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, on the report of the interior minister,

DECREES the following:

     Art. I. The specifications of the decree from the 21st of this month that prohibits the exportation of monies is extended to any kind of gold or silver material.
     II. The ministers of the interior, finance and of the public treasury are in charge of the present decree, which will be inserted into the Bulletin of Laws.

The first Council, signed BONAPARTE. By the first Council: the secretary of state, signed HUGUES B. MARET. The minister of the interior, signed CHAPTAL.

Conformed certification:
The High Judge, Minister of Justice,
RÉGNIER.
IN PARIS, FROM THE PRINTING PRESS OF THE REPUBLIC.
 

                                                                 

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Document Specifications:  The document consists of a single sheet measuring 10"wide x 16½"tall (260mm x 420mm) which is folded twice along each axis to form 4 pages on each side as shown. The document is in exquisite condition being of batonne laid paper. There are three small holes where it was likely once string bound into an archive book. Three sides of the full sheet show the ragged untrimmed edges of the original plating. An extremely fine example of the public proclamation of Napoleonic Laws during the Peace of Amiens period.

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