Mr. Seward to Mr. Yeaman,.

No. 46.]

Sir: Your despatch of the 28th of May last, No. 70, relative to a recent act of Congress prohibiting the use of any uniform or official costume by the diplomatic representatives of the united States, has been received.

For your information, I enclose herewith a copy of the act referred to.

As regards the latter paragraph of your despatch, the department perceives no other course for you to pursue when you receive official invitations or grants of audience, and are expected to appear in court dress, than to decline such invitations, assigning the true reason therefor,

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I am, sir, your obedient servant,


George H. Yeaman, Esq., &c., &c., &c.