Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Hong Kong, July 20, 1898.
Cavite, July 17, 1898.
Situation unchanged. Second army detachment arrived today. All well on board. The health of the squadron continues good. No sickness whatever. I have taken the coal of the British ship “Nonolulu” and I am retaining her until the port is opened. Have provisions for six months. The receipt of telegram of July 7th is acknowledged. In view of the information therein, shall retain Pekin and China as auxiliaries. (Portion unintelligible). I do not expect the “Monterey” before August 5th and the “Monadnock” ten days later. If necessary shall proceed with the squadron to meet the “Monadnock” to the east Cape Eugano, Luzon. Shall return other transports to United States as soon as possible.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, pp. 305-06. Address before opening: Secretary of Navy,/Washington.”