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Treasury decisions under customs and other laws Volume 16

Treasury decisions under customs and other laws Volume 16

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ...Ellsworth, Me. (5767.) Owners' Oaths may be taken out of the United States. Treasury Department, June 20, 1883. Sir: This Department is in receipt of your letter, dated the 2d instant, returning the application of Messrs. R. Dumont & Son, attorneys for C. D. Gildersleeve, now residing at Paris, France, for the acceptance of an owner's oath made before the United States consul-general at Paris, as a basis for the cancellation of 23 bonds, given at your port, for the production of such oaths under article 355 of the Regulations of 1874, and sections 2842 and 2787, Revised Statutes. It has heretofore been decided that separate oaths must be filed in such cases. (See letter of July 25, 1862, to the collector at New York.) Your report shows that from 700 to 1,000 such bonds are taken monthly at the port of New York, and that it is often a matter of difficulty to secure a compliance with their conditions. The Department holds that the sections of law above referred to, which relate exclusively to the taking of such oaths before officers in the United States, need not be construed as referring to a case in which the owner resides out of the United States, when an invoice is presented bearing the oath of the owner taken before a proper United States officer abroad, or some public officer duly authorized to administer oaths in the country where the merchandise was purchased, under the provisions of sections 1750, 2843, 2849, and 2854, Revised Statutes. If, in the case of Messrs. Dumont & Son, oaths have been taken as above mentioned, the bonds may be cancelled, otherwise separate affidavits must be produced. The Department is of opinion that a mere declaration to the invoices in such cases would not be sufficient, Very respectfully, H. F. FRENCH, Collector O...