Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron
Washington, May 26, 1898.
Dewey, Care American Consul, Hong Kong.
You must exercise discretion most fully in all matters and be governed according to circumstances which you know and we cannot know. You have our confidence entirely. It is desirable as far as possible and consistent for your success and safety not to have political alliances with the insurgents or any faction in the islands that would incur liability to maintain their cause in the future.
Source Note: Decy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 28.