Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Captain William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Station
Dated Washington, D.C. Mar 29-98
To Sampson, Flagship New York, Key West, Fla.
The department desires you to carefully consider if it would not be better to have the capt of the flagship your chief of staff instead of another officer.
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 313, Entry 32. Heading on cable: “The International Ocean Telegraph Co.” Stamp: “RECEIVED FLAGSHIP N.A. STATION. MAR 29 1898.”