General Order

Navy Department,
21st January, 1834.

[Presents From Any King, Prince or Foreign State, Not to be Accepted, Unless by Consent of Congress Previously Obtained]

As some Officers have accepted presents contrary to the provisions of the Constitution of the United States, and deposited them on their return to the country in the Department of State, I am directed by the President of the United States, to require of all Officers of the Navy, that they will not, under any circumstances, unless the consent of Congress shall have been previously obtained, accept presents of any kind whatever from any King, Prince, or Foreign State.

Levi Woodbury,
[Secretary of the Navy.]