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.1 In view of the information therein, shall retain Pekin and China as auxiliaries.2 (Portion unintelligible).3 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.4 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.”
Footnote 1: See: Long to Dewey, 28 June 1898. Four days later, Long sent a message to Dewey that the Spanish Fleet had turned around at Port Said, Egypt. See, RAdm. Montgomery Sicard to Long, 11 July 1898, DNA, RG45, Entry 372, vol. 2.
Footnote 2: That is, the armed transport City of Peking and the steam ship China of the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.
Footnote 3: “(Portion unintelligible)” is in the original document and is not an editorial addition.
Footnote 4: That is, Cape Egaño, which is off the northern tip of the island of Luzon.