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Secretary of State Seward tells all foreign diplomats New Orleans will soon again be open for business

William Henry Seward, circa 1860, detail
In a message to all foreign legations in the United States, Secretary of State William H. Seward announced that full  federal postal services had been restored to New Orleans and its vicinity.  Reinforcing the message with commercial information, Seward stated that a customs collector was being appointed and that the federal blockade at the mouth of the Mississippi would soon be adjusted to once again permit foreign trade.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 2.