Secretaryof the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron
From...Secretary of the Navy.
Date...May 17, 1898.
Subject...Stores and troops
Mounting guns on
Coal Caroline I’ds
The receipt of telegram of May 13th is acknowledged. The Department will send officers and men transport,et-cetera, also ordnance articles for the Baltimore.
About 1200 men, U.S.troops, will leave on board Pekin about May 21st.
The Charleston will leave about May 18th.
If the Spanish guns are serviceable and have projectiles, could they not be mounted ashore instead of sending away?
About 5000 tons of coal reported at Caroline Islands.
It is advisable perhaps to destroy.
There are rumors of possible Spanish expedition to operate about Philippine Islands.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, PGD. Note: “Received at Cavite May 23,/by H.M.S.Swift.”