Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt to Senator William Eaton Chandler (New Hampshire)
September 29, 1897
Hon. William E Chandler
My dear Senator Chandler:
As soon as the Secretary returned I handed him your letter He asked me what I thought about it and I told him exactly what I had written you, that as long as you wanted the commodore to run a squadron I should certainly honor it, but that I should very strongly be against putting him in command of a squadron when there was any possibility that he might have to try to take Manila or Havana, or interfere to protect Hawaii. (I was glad of the chance to say this) By the way, is not Commodore Dewy a friend of yours? I have been trying to get him the Asiatic squadron.
I have thought out what I think ought to be done about our Navy, and how we ought to go on building it, the proportions of the various ships, etc. If you like I will be only too glad to writ you a memorandum of my views and my reasons.
I care very little where the dry docks are only so long as they are built
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