United States Consul at San Juan Philip C. Hanna to Assistant Secretary of State John B. Moore
“St. Thomas, June 6, 1898.
“If our Government intends to invade Porto
“ Rico, I consider it important not to underrate Spanish
“strength. Fortifications San Juan strengthened since
“last bombardment. Mines have been placed outside;
“cannons along shore at all seaports. Her army consists
“Of five thousand regulars, seven thousand colonial;
“beside these sixteen thousand volunteers are reported
“likely to increase. We cannon now risk no less than
“twenty-five thousand to take Island without hard
Source Note: Cy, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 231. Document is written on “DEPARTMENT OF STATE,/WASHINGTON.” stationary. This copy was forwarded by Secretary of State William R. Day to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long.