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United States Consul at Singapore E. Spencer Pratt to Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron

From U.S. Consul General, Singapore

To Commander in Chief,

Through Consul, Hongkong.1

Date Singapore, April 25, 1898.

Subject Aguinaldo.2

Received Mirs Bay April 26.

Tell Commodore have arranged Aguinaldo proceed Hongkong today.3

Source Note: CyC, DLC-MSS, PGD.

Footnote 1: United States Consul at Hong Kong Rounsevelle Wildman.

Footnote 2: Philippine Insurgent leader in exile, Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy.

Footnote 3: Dewey approved Pratt’s sending Aguinaldo to join his fleet as an intelligence asset on 24 April 1898. Aguinaldo left for Hong Kong, but Dewey was forced to leave Hong Kong for MirsBay after being ordered to leave the British colony on 23 April 1898. Aguinaldo did not reach Dewey at Cavite until 19 May. See: Governor-General Wilson Black to Dewey, 23 April 1898; Dewey to Pratt, 24 April 1898; and Trask, War with Spain, 402. 

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