Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt to Henry White, Secretary of the United States Embassy in London
March 9, 1898.
Henry White, Esq.,
My dear White:
. . .Yes, I knew about those Brazilian cruisers. I suppose we shall purchase them. I am not myself very much in favor of purchasing anything but 1st class armored cruisers or battleships, and large seagoing torpedo craft of the “destroyer” type. It would be a mistake to lumber our navy up with valueless craft. A year ago we could have ended a war with Spain with very little difficulty. The delay has steadily been to our disadvantage, but we can still end it without much difficulty if we act with promptness a decision. Of course the real time to strike was a year and a half ago, when we had most excuse and would have struck to most advantage. . . .
Source Note: TLS, DLC-MSS, PTR, roll 9.