Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
To...Secretary of Navy.
Date...Cavite, May 25, 1898.
Battleship or ar-
mored cruiser for
Supplies and coal.
Sent at Hongkong May 27.
No change in the situation.
The blockade is effective.
It is impossible for the people in Manila to buy provisions except rice.
The French man-of-war must go Saigon for provisions.
It is important that I should know as early as possible whereabouts and strength of the possible squadron expedition to the Philippines Islands and if possible that the Spanish should be re-inforced with a battleship or armored cruiser.
The British authorities both here and at Hongkong most friendly.
Gridley, Captain, condemned by medical survey, is ordered home.
Leave by O.&.O.S.S.Co’s.steamer from Hongkong on May 28th.
Commander Lamberton has been appointed to the command of the Olympia.
Steamer has just arrived from Amoy with 3000 Mauser rifles and a great amount of ammunition for Aguinaldo, whose forces are increasing constantly.
In the event of a war between Great Britain Russia, it will be impossible almost to obtain supplies and coal on this station.
British man-of-war arrived today from Iloilo gives me the following information:
The bark Saranao is sailing under British flag.
Is loading with sugar at Iloilo for New York.