Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, Commander, North Atlantic Station
TRANSLATION. [Washington, D.C.] March 15, 1898
Sicard, Key West
The Department desires to have some confidential officer, not connected with the court to bring the findings of the Court of Inquiry as soon as agreed upon, instead of telegraphing them in cipher. The formal report can be sent later when finished. The Department would be glad to know that the findings of the Court of Inquiry can be expected soon.
Source Note: TDS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 29. Both the date and Long’s name are handwritten, presumably by the person who decoded the message. That it was a coded transmission is derived from the fact that “TRANSLATION” appears at the top of the document.