Mr. Hay to Mr. Dudley.

No. 325.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 879, of the 5th ultimo, reporting that you had pointed out to the Peruvian minister of foreign relations the inability of the United States legation and consulates to give the certificate required by a recent supreme decree, providing that foreigners desiring to marry in Peru must furnish a certificate of celibacy from their legation or consulate.

The views expressed by you are correct and are approved by the Department.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.