Ensign Harry H. Caldwell to United States Consul at Manila Oscar F. Williams
Hongkong, March 3, 1898.
O.F. Williams, Esq,
U.S. Consul, Manila.
About two weeks ago, Commodore Dewey, Comd’g our squadron in these waters, wrote you in regard to some information he is desirous of obtaining regarding the defenses of Manila. You having telegraphed that his letter was not received, he now wishes me to ask you if you will be good enough to send him the following information if you can obtain it. What naval vessels are at Manila or in that vicinity and are they kept manned and equipped for service? Are there any considerable land defenses (modern)? Are there any torpedoes or sub-marine mines in Manila Bay or the channels? The Commodore suggests that you send your answer to me, at
the Hong Kong Club without addressing it to the ship, thinking that in this way a letter may escape a possibility of being tampered with.
Source Note: CyS, DLC-MSS, PGD. On “Flagship Olympia” stationery.