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 proclamation 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.