Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller, Commander, Pacific Station
Washington, July 21, 1898.
In pursuance of the reports concerning a Spanish privateer, regarding which the Department telegraphed you on the 12th instant, a dispatch, date July 8th, from our Consul at Victoria, B.C., states that the vessel referred to is still lying in port between Queen Charlotte Sound and Dixon Entrance. She is described as a small, fast steamer, carrying five guns, and the Spanish Consul at Victoria is reported as having been trying for sometime to engage pilots for her. Our Vice Consul at Vancouver states that the British Admiral on the station was spoken to about her, and said that he had given instructions to his vessels to guard, as far as possible, against depredations being made in British waters, and to see that no protection is afforded to privateers in English ports.
The Spaniards are supposed not to intend to hold prizes, but to loot captured vessels. The Spanish Vice Consul at Victoria is said to be negotiating for the purchase or charter of other vessels, requiring that they shall be able to steam 15 knots.
The Department desires you to keep a careful watch to prevent possible Spanish depredations upon our Klondyke and other trade, and especially with regard to the vessel herein mentioned.
John D. Long,
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, pp. 309-310. Addressed before opening: “Commander-in-Chief,/U.S.Naval Force,/Pacific Station.”