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Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Allen to Secretary of the Treasury Lyman G. Gage



August 13, 1898.  

S I R : -

          I desire to return to the custody of your Department all the Revenue Cutters that have been loaned to the Navy,1 except the “McCulloch”,2 and request that you inform me at what place you would like these vessels delivered. As these ships were fitted out at the Norfolk Yard, I have ordered all of them, except “McLane”, (which remains at Key West,) to Norfolk. I desire to express to you the thanks of this Department for the valuable services rendered by the officers and men of the Revenue Cutter Service during the present war. Please inform me immediately whether you desire these vessels restored to the same condition they were in prior to the war.3


Chas H. Allen     

Acting Secretary. 

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 26. Addressed below close: “The Honorable/The Secretary of the Treasury.” Document reference at top of first page: “132060.” Document on Navy Department stationery.

Footnote 1: On 17 August, President William McKinley issued a format order that the Revenue Cutters “being no longer required for the use of the Navy” be returned. Appended to the order is a handwritten list of sixteen revenue cutters that were to be returned. They were: Goodwin, Manning, Windom, Woodbury, Hamilton, Morrill, Hudson, Gresham, Calumet, Algonquin, Onondaga, McLane, Perry, Grant, Rush, Corwin. DNA, RG 26,

Footnote 2: The McCulloch was serving as a dispatch vessel for RAdm. George Dewey at Manila because the telegraph cables in and out of that city had been severed.

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