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Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles A. Allen to Secretary of War Russell A. Alger

Washington, June 6, 1898.

The Honorable the Secretary of War.

Sir: This Department has received from Admiral Sampson,1 off Santiago de Cuba, a telegram from which the following is an extract:

Very important we should know immediately whether the army expedition has sailed for Santiago, and its number of vessels.

     You are respectfully requested to give information on the above points as soon as practicable, in order that it may be communicated to the Admiral.

     It is respectfully urged that the expedition should get off as soon as possible. The naval force is all ready to convoy it.

     Very respectfully,

Chas. H. Allen,                  

Acting Secretary.      

Source Note Print: Report of the Bureau of Navigation, 1898, p. 666.

Footnote 1: RAdm. William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet.

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