Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet, to Commander Robert E. Impey
U.S. Flagship New York, 1st Rate,
Off Santiago de Cuba, Cuba,
JUNE 12, 1898.
When a torpedo boat comes alongside your collier for coal you will offer every facility and assistance in your power to the full capacity of your crew, opening your hatches, manning the winches, and handling the coal. Their own crews are small, and are hard-worked, and when they are sent for coal it is a case of urgent service on your part to supply it, and will be so regarded.
W T Sampson
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy,
Commander in Chief, U.S.Naval Forces
North Atlantic Station
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 313, Entry 48. At top rght corner: “No.2.” Addressed below close: “The Commanding Officer,/U.S.S. STERLING.”