to Mr. Evarts.
Lima, Peru , October 24, 1877. (Received November 22.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose copies of correspondence between this legation and Mr. Clayton, United States consul at Callao, in reference to a question of depositing ships’ registers in the captain of the port’s office in places where there is no United States consul.
The Italian minister has had quite a discussion with the Peruvian Government on this matter; but I have taken the ground that it is a law of the country, and as such must be obeyed. I inclose copy and translation of the decree.
If the Department thinks it necessary that I should take any further notice of the matter I will be happy to receive instructions regarding it.
I am, &c.,