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other chief officer of the customs at or nearest to such port, the truth of which journal shall be verified by the oath of the commanding officer for the time being, and such collector or other chief officer of the customs shall immediately on the arrival of such vessel, order the proper officer of the customs to go on board and take an account of the officers and men, the number and nature of the guns, and whatever else shall occur to him on examination, essential to be known, and no such vessel shall be permitted to sail out of port again until such journal shall have been delivered up, and a certificate obtained, under the hand of such collector, or other chief officer of the customs, that she is manned, and armed according to her commission and upon delivery of such certificate any former certificate of a like nature which shall have been obtained by the commander of such vessel, shall be delivered up. (Sect 12th That the commander of vessels having letters of marque and reprisal, as aforesaid, neglecting to keep a journal, as aforesaid or willfully making fraudulent entries theirin, or obliterating the record of any material transactions contained theirein, where the interest of the Confederate States is concerned, or refusing to produce and deliver such journal, commission or certificate, pursuant to the preceding section of this act, then, and in such cases, the commissions or letters of marque and reprisal of such vessels, shall be liable to be revoked; and such commanders, respectively shall forfeit for every such offence the sum of $1000, one moiety thereof to the use of the Confederate States, and the other to the informer. Sect 13) that the owners or commanders of vessels having letters of marque and reprisal as aforesaid who shall violate any of the acts of Congress for the Collection of the revenue of the Confederate States, and for the prevention of smuggling, shall forfeit the commission or letters of marque and reprisal, and they and the vessels owned or commanded by them shall be liable to all penalties and forfeitures attaching to merchant vessels, in like cases. Sect 14th That on all goods, wares and merchandise captured and made good and lawful prize of war, by any private armed ship having commission or
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