Major General William R. Shafter to Captain Henry C. Taylor
On board S. S. Seguranc[ç]a
At Sea, June 17 .
I will be obliged if you will, between here and Lobus Light, slacken the speed of the leading vessels, or stop them entirely, so that the rearmost vessels which are much farther away than I like to have them, can close up before we reach the open sea. I will also be obliged if you will let the Hornet take Captain MacKay back to the ship that is towing the scow, for the purpose of examining the lines, as I do not wish to lose it. To-night I will send the Olivette back to remain near the ship towing the scow, which I believe is the Concho, with orders to remain near it during the night to give assistance if necessary. I suppose, of course, no transports are under any circumstances permitted to drop to the rear of a ship of the convoy.
Signed Wm R. Shafter
Major General U.S.V.,
Source Note: TLS, DLC-MSS, Papers of William R. Shafter, roll 3. Addressed before opening: “Captain H.C. Taylor,/U.S. Navy,/Commanding Convoy.”