Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet
Washington, July 16, 1898.
I have to transmit, herewith, for your information, a copy of an extract from a letter, dated the 13th instant, received in this Department from Gonzalo de Quesada, of the Cuban Junta, in this city. in regard to the aid being rendered the Spanish Army in Cuba by the Spanish Colony in Mexico.
[John D. Long]
“The Spanish Colony residing in this Republic is providing the Spanish Army with food; the steamer “Villaverde” which sailed from Vera Cruz to Saint Domingo landed its cargo at La Colonia, in the southern coast of Pinar del Rio; from Campeche four vessels have sailed, one has returned to reload and the other has gone to Trujillo, Honduras, to get cattle, intending to return to Batabano.”
Source Note: TD, DNA, RG 45, Entry 29. Addressed below close: “Commander-in-Chief/U.[S].Naval Force,/North Atlantic Station.” In right-hand corner: “John D. Long,/Secretary.” Typist’s initials “EH” is centered under the stationery heading.