Captain William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Station to Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt
From Key West Fla
dated Apr. 13, 1898.
Apr. 13, 1898 at 5-42 pm.
Received O.N.I. Apr. 14,
1898 at 10-20 am.
Asst. Secy Navy
If blockade to be maintained during the summer months 10 converted cruisers large sizes speedy good coal endurance and at least 20 small vessels maximum draught 10 feet well armed machine guns if anticipating occupation by United States army quite soon number may be reduced one-half.
Source Note: CCDecy, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 228. Translation of ciphered cable.