Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to Commander Oscar W. Farenholt
United States Naval Force on Asiatic Station.
HONGKONG, APRIL 9, 1898.
1. Referring to your letters Nos, 15 and 19, I am pleased to learn that you can obtain supplies, and also, it is hoped, coal, at Shanghai.
2. In the event of war and of operations by this squadron in the Philippines, I shall be dependent in large measure upon your tact and ability to procure these necessities for the squadron, in spite of international complications that may arise.
3. It is hoped that I can be in telegraphic communication with you and that, on my dispatching one of the two purchased supply steamers to Woosung or such other port as may be preferable, you will be able to have the supplies and coal meet them and be transferred without interference by the Chinese or other authorities.
Commodore, U.S. Navy,
Commanding U.S. Naval Force on Asiatic Station.
Source Note: CyS, DLC-MSS, PGD. Addressed below close: “To the Commanding Officer,/U.S.N. MONOCACY./Shanghai, China.” Document reference: “No, 328-S.” Document on “ United States Naval Force on Asiatic Station,” stationary.