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Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Allen to Commodore John A. Howell, Commander, First Blockading Squadron

Dated Washington DC 12

To Naval Base Keywest Fla

          Howell - In accordance with the presidents proclamation1 already telegraphed you suspend immediately all hostilities[.] Commence withdrawal of Vessels from Blockade. Our blockading vessels in Cuban waters to assemble at Keywest[.]

Allen, Acting Secretary     

Source Note: C, DNA, RG 313, Entry 73. Cable is handwritten on a Western Union Telegraph form and includes routing and payment information along the top.

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