Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Allen to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet
Washington, June 6th 1898.
Five small vessels, viz: the “Dorothea”, “Hist”, “Aileen”, “Fish Hawk”, and one other not yet determined, have been ordered to join you for duty as picket boats. If, after their arrival, you can possibly spare the “St. Paul”, send her back to New York, as she is needed to guard the northern coasts against Spanish cruisers of the Normannia class, now ready at Cadiz.
Chas H. Allen
Source Note: TDS, DNA, RG 313, Entry 47, Box 2. Addressed below close: “Rear Admiral Sampson, U. S. N.,/Comdg. N. A. Station.” Stamp: “RECEIVED/FLAG-SHIP N.A. STATION/JUN 13 1898.” Document is on Navy Department stationery.