Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
To...Secretary of Navy.
Date...Cavite, May 20, 1898.
Mines not practicable.
Bennington & Yorktown.
Provisions for Squad-
Sent to Hongkong by Japanese
Strict blockade is continued.
Great scarcity prevails in Manila.
Foreign subjects fear an outbreak of the Spanish soldiers.
Arrangements have been made for them to be transferred to Cavite by the foreign men-of-war if necessary.
Aguinaldo, rebel commander-in-chief, was brought down by the McCulloch, organizing forces near Cavite and may render assistance that will be very valuable.
I do not consider submarine-mines practicable here on account of great depth and width of bay entrance. If attacked by superior force, the Squadron will endeavor to give good account of itself.
The American bark Saranao was captured off Iloilo.
Upon the arrival of the Charleston with ammunition, I expect to re-capture and to clear the islands of small Spanish gunboats. When is the Charleston expected to arrive?
I request you will send to the Asiatic Station the Bennington and the Yorktown if possible.
Will be more useful than the Philadelphia
How many troops are coming here Pekin?
When expected to arrive?
I request send provisions for the Squadron, 2000 men, for three months, also small stores.