Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
To...Secretary of Navy.
Date...Cavite, July 26, 1898.
Subject...Arrival of Merritt.
Situation in Manila.
Monadnock at Honolulu
Sent Hongkong by H.M.S.Plover, July 26.
Merritt arrived yesterday in the Newport.
The remainder of the expedition is expected within the next few days.
Situation is most critical in Manila.
The Spanish may surrender at any moment. Merritt’s most difficult problem will be how to deal with insurgents under Aguinaldo who have become aggressive and even threatening toward our army.
The Monadnock was at Honolulu on July 8th expected to leave four days later. Hope both monitors will be here before the surrender to prevent possible interference by the Germans.
I send this by British gun-vessel.
Will send the Zafiro to Hongkong within the next few days.
Source Note: TCy, DLC-MSS, PGD.