Navy General Order November 28, 1838
[Animals Not to Be Brought Home in Public Vessels]
November 28th, 1838
The practice of bringing home in the public vessels of the United States various animals, such as Horses, Asses, Mules and other quadrupeds, formerly authorized by this Department, having been found by recent experience productive of great inconvenience, and liable to abuse, is hereby strictly prohibited.
J. K. Paulding
[Secretary of the Navy]