Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Secretary of State William R. Day
John D. Long,
Washington, June 29, 1898.
The last telegram from the Naval Attache in London states that Camara’s Fleet will pass the Suez Canal tomorrow, June 30th. It has been reported that a British collier, or colliers, awaits it off the Island of Perim at the mouth of the Red Sea. This Department requests that the Department of State should address a remonstrance to the Turkish Government (or proper Government concerned) upon this proposed violation of its neutrality.
This Department will buy the coal referred to if it is for sale; this might be ascertained, with price by your officers at or near Perim.
John D. Long
Source Note: TDS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 29. Addressed below close: “The Honorable/The Secretary of State.”