Mr. Gresham to Mr. Smythe.

No. 21.]

Sir: A copy of your No. 23, of the 10th instant, in regard to the case of the American schooner Water Witch, which arrived in Haytian waters with 2 cannon and 60 pounds of powder on board, having been transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury, that official has replied to your inquiry whether sailing vessels of the United States are allowed to carry an armament as ship’s stores, or otherwise, that the laws do not forbid the carrying of articles of the character mentioned, provided there shall be no violation of Chapter LXVII of the Revised Statutes.

I am, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.