Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President, Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Office of Naval War Board
Washington, DC May 19th, 1898.
It is reported that a Spanish armored squadron has sailed, or may soon sail, from Spain, for the United States, and may stop at the Azores for coal.
The Board recommends that the Department of State be requested toinform our Minister to Portugal and the Consuls at the Azores, the latter to be very attentive to watch for and report the arrival of such a squadron, and the Minister and Consuls to protest promptly and vigorously against any of these ships being allowed to take coal, on the ground that presence of the squadron can only signify an intention to attack the United States, they being entirely out of the routed from Spain to her western possessions.
Rear Adml. Pres. of Board.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 372. Addressed below close: “To the Honorable,/The Secretary of the Navy.”