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Acting Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Allen to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet

Washington, D.C.

June, 10 [1898]

The Department considers you should have a cruiser off San Juan, Porto Rico to observe the port.

Sig. Allen, Acting

Memo for Admiral

The St Paul is at the Mole waiting orders from the Department[.]1 When you can spare her she is to come north to guard our coast against Normannia &c2

Source Note: TCy, DNA, AFNRC, RG 313, Entry 53. Addressed below place-date line: “Sampson/Mole Hayti.”

Footnote 1: Auxiliary Cruiser St. Paul, Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee, commanding.

Footnote 2: Normannia, launched in 1890 as a passenger steamship on the Hamburg-Line, had been purchased by the Spanish Navy in 1898 for service in the Spanish-American War and renamed Patriota.

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