Senator William Eaton Chandler to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
My dear Mr. Secretary
Should’nt our Asiatic Squadron be strengthened by adding a battle-ship, if the squadron is to remain there? With a battle-ship it could take Manila, without it, it can do little and might as well come home. But I should not favor its return. Our Pacific coast has’nt many harbors like the Atlantic; and besides, A Spanish fleet is not likely to appear there[.] Therefore I hope you will send over a battle-ship, which will stop en route at Hawaii It is a long journey and ought to begin at once. Excuse me for writing to you[.] I am unable to reach the Department this morning to see you. I congratulate you upon the creditable action of the Department so far Thank God Cuba is to be free; and we are to take at least a little part therein. The birth of a new American Republic is a great effort my friend, although its beginning may be feeble!
Sincerely Your friend