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Early in the history of commerce it became necessary for commercial states to establish a jurisdiction over seamen, vessels, and merchandise. And as the operations of commerce in foreign ports might involve national interests, as well as the individual interests of merchants and seamen, it became equally necessary that this jurisdiction should be exercised by a national agent. IIence we find among the commercial states of antiquity commercial magistrates with functions similar to those vested in the consuls of modern times, though much more extensive.

Whether these magistrates received the title of consul from motives of vanity, as observed by one writer,' or from the importance of their office and the sovereign authority by which it was bestowed, as asserted by another, it is nevertheless true that when it ceased to distinguish the executive magistrate of Rome it came to be used by the commercial states of former times to designate the officers who resided at foreign ports to protect their citizens and their commercial interests. And the name has been continued in modern



1 Brown's Elements of Civil Law.
Warden's Consular Establishments.

3 Ibid.

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times, though the powers of the consular officer have been greatly modified.

During the Middle Ages consuls were quasi public ministers, who watched over the interests of their countrymen, deciding their disputes, protecting their commerce, and exercising large judicial and commercial powers, independent of the local law. But when public ministers, in name and in fact, came to be established, consuls (except in oriental countries, where their powers are dependent upon treaty, as we shall hereafter see) were shorn of much of their dignity and privileges. They are now, for the most part, commercial agents, and have no representative character. Both in civil and criminal cases they are subject to the laws of the countries in which they reside equally with all other persons. If exceptional privileges are claimed, it must be by virtue of treaty stipulations, local customs, or local law. Any judicial powers which may be vested in the consuls accredited to any particular country must be ascertained by an examination of the treaty stipulations with such country and the laws of the state from which the consuls derive their appointment.?

Pomeroy's International Law.
? Dainese 1. Hale, 91 U. S. Rep., 13.






1. Classification. The consular service of the United States consists of consuls-general, vice-consuls-general, deputy consuls-general, consuls, vice-consuls, deputy consuls, commercial agents, vice-commercial agents, consular agents, consular clerks, interpreters, marshals, and clerks at consulates.

2. Consular officers.— The term “consular officer” includes consuls-general, consuls, commercial agents, deputy consuls, vice-consuls, vice-commercial agents, and consular agents, and none others.—R. S., sec. 1674.

3. Principal consular officers.—Consuls-general, consuls, and commercial agents are full, principal, and permanent consular officers, as distinguished from subordinates and substitutes.—R. S., sec. 1674. Vice-consuls or vice-commercial agents, when in charge, are acting consuls or commercial agents for the time being, and are principal consular officers.-33 Fed. Rep. 167.

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