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Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President, Naval War Board, to Charles B. Church



Washington, D. C., May 4, 1898.           

Dear Sir:

     It is the intention to have upon the coast a patrol fleet, which will, among other things, be charged with the general outlook against enemies cruisers, but it has not been expected that the government will be able to furnish convoys for the coastwisetrade, certainly not for vessels going singly.

Very respectfully,          

M. SICARD,             

Rear Admiral, President          

of Board.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, pp. 50-51. Addressed above opening: “C.B.Church, Pres.,/Independent Ice Co.,/Washington, D.C.” Charles B. Church was president of a major ice harvesting and delivery company on the East Coast.

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