Mr. Bayard to Mr. Winchester.
Washington , December 15, 1887.
Sir: Your dispatch No. 173, of the28th ultimo, inquiring as to what disposition should be made of expired passports which may come into your possession, has been received.
The proper course with regard to such passports is to draw two or three pen strokes through the signature, and to write the word “canceled” across the face of the document, in bold letters, and then return it to the holder.
I am, etc.,