Journal of Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 21, 1898.
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One of the busiest days of the season. Appoint Captain Sampson an Acting Admiral. Telegraph him to move at once to blockade Cuba which, of course, is the beginning of the war.
Postmaster General Gary resigns on account of ill health.
Am with the President and other officers of the Cabinet, determining on the opening movements of the scene.
My Naval War Board, consisting of Roosevelt, Crowninshield, Sicard, Barker and Clover, meet to discuss the formulation of preliminary orders.
So busy that I get my lunch at the lunch counter in the basement of the Department.
Half past four: the President walks with me for an hour through the streets. Says it is the longest walk he has taken since he has been in Washington, and he feels better for it. He opens his heart to me, with reference to the struggle through which he has been and the anxiety it has involved.
Evening at home.
Source Note: Transcript, MHi, Papers of John D. Long, vol. 78.