Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Hong Kong, June 6, 1898.
Secretary of Navy,
Cavite, June 3rd. Receipt of telegram of May 26th is acknowledged,1 and I thank the Department for the expression of confidence. Have acted according to the spirit of Department’s instructions therein from the beginning, and I have entered into no alliance with the insurgents or with any faction. This squadron can reduce the defenses of Manila at any moment, but it is considered useless until the arrival of sufficient United States forces to retain possession.2
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 166.
Footnote 1: See: Long to Dewey, 26 May 1898.
Footnote 2: The first detachment of United States troops arrived at Cavite in the Philippines on 30 June. See: Dewey to Long, 19 September 1898.