Mr. Seward to Mr. Tassara.

Sir: This government having been officially apprised of the resumption of hostilities by Peru against Spain, I am directed by the President to state, for the information of your government, that, in the treatment of armed vessels of both belligerents within the maritime jurisdiction or in ports of the United States, the rules of public law and the statute of the United States upon the subject of neutrality will be strictly and impartially observed.

I avail myself of this occasion to offer to you renewed assurances of my highest consideration.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

SeƱor Don Gabriel Garcia y Tassara, &c., &c., &c.