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perial Majesty the Sultan, situated in Europe or in Asia, in Egypt, and in the other parts of Africa belonging to the Sublime Porte, in Servia, and in the united principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia.
ARTICLE XXI. It is always understood that the government of the United States of America does not pretend, by any article in the present treaty, to stipulate for more than the plain and fair construction of the terms employed, nor to preclude in any manner the Ottoman government from the exercise of its rights of internal administration where the exercise of these rights does not evidently infringe upon the privileges accorded by ancient treaties or by the present treaty to citizens of the United States or their merchandise.
ARTICLE XXII. The high contracting parties have agreed to appoint, jointly, commissioners for the settlement of a tariff of custom-house duties, to be levied in corformity with the stipulations of the present treaty, as well upon merchandise of every description, being the produce or manufacture of the United States of America, imported into the Ottoman Empire, as upon articles of every description the produce or manufacture of the Ottoman Empire and its possessions, which citizens of the United States, or their agents, are free to purchase in any part of the Ottoman Empire for exportation to the United States or to any other country. The new tariff, to be so concluded, shall remain in force during seven years, dating from the date of the exchange of the ratifications.
Each of the contracting parties shall have the right, a year before the expiration of that term, to demand the revision of the tariff. But if, during the seventh year, neither the one nor the other of the contracting parties shall avail itself of this right, the tariff then existing shall continue to have the force of law for seven years more, dating from the day of the expiration of the seven preceding years, and the same shall be the case with respect to every successive period of seven years.
ARTICLE XXIII. The present treaty shall be ratified and the ratifications shall be exchanged at Constantinople in three calendar months, or sooner, if possible, and shall be carried into execution when ratified.
Done at Constantinople on the twenty-fifth day of February, 1862.
And whereas the said treaty has been duly ratified on both parts, and the respective ratifications of the same were exchanged at Constantinople on the fifth ultimo, by Edward Joy Morris, minister resident of the United States at the Sublime Porte, and by his highness Mehemed Emin Aali Pacha, minister of foreign affairs of his Imperial Majesty the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, on the part of their respective governments :
Now, therefore, be it known that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, have caused the said treaty to be made public, to the end that the same, and every clause and article thereof, may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this second day of July, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-sixth.
By the President:
F. W. SEWARD,
Acting Secretary of State.
Tariff of custom-house duties on all goods and merchandise, the produce and manufacture of the United States of America, imported into the Ottoman Empire, established by the American-Ottoman commission,
February 28, 1862.
Chairs, seats of bamboo cane
Bed ticking, 35 by 52 inches.....
Calicoes or domestics: Gray of every width and quality,
(gray shirtings or modern patterns excepted)....... White, long cloths and other plain white calicoes of
20 106 20
Tariff on articles of exportation.
Merchandise the produce of the soil and industry of the United States of America imported into the Ottoman Empire, except such as is prohibited, by citizens of the United States, as well also as merchandise the produce of the soil and industry of the Ottoman Empire purchased by citizens of the United States, or their agents, in any part of the empire for exportation to the United States or elsewhere, has heretofore been required to pay custom-house duties established in a tariff based upon the prices at the time. As, however, the tariff made in the month of January, 1847, has now some time since expired, its revision, delayed by various causes, is rendered necessary by the stipulations of the new treaty; and the commissioners of the government of the United States have, in conjunction with those of the Sublime Porte, now drawn up the following tariff:
Arrach of Mastic..............
..do..... Per 1,000 Per pair
Arrach, called somâ, extracted from grape skins, 16 to....do............
Per 2 boxes of 120 okes.
Piasters. Cts. Piasters. Cts. 473
Berries of Angora, Kaissariah, Tokat, and Skilip, super-.... do....................................... fine.
Berries of Roumeli, of all sorts.....
Berries of Skilip, Kaissariah, and of mountain growth....do..
of Anatolia, inferior.
Biscuits of all sorts
Bits, bridles, reins, cruppers, stirrup-leathers, and girths. Per parcel of 10 pieces..
Ad valorem......... ....do.