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Consul General at Havana Fitzhugh Lee to Lieutenant Albert Gleaves

Consulate-General of the United States,

Habana, Cuba.

Jan. 29. ‘98


My dear Mr. Gleaves,

     Yrs recd. Do not think it is necessary for you to write now- but it must be remembered, that if I Telegraph to you that “vessels might be employed elsewhere”- it will mean Maine will need assistance & more ships must come here.

     Indeed I think after a little interval a torpedo boats hould be sent to Capt. Sigsbee1 for a dispatch boat, in case cable is cut, or trouble of any sort should make it desirable he should communicate quickly with the admiral. Perhaps it would be well for you to send this not to Admiral Sicard2 with my compliments & respects.

Yrs very truly

Fitzhugh Lee

Source Note: L, DLC-MSS, Albert Gleaves Papers, Box 8.

Footnote 1: Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee.

Footnote 2: RAdm. Montgomery Sicard, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet.

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