Third Assistant Secretary of State Thomas W. Cridler to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Department of State,
May 20, 1898.
I have the honor, by direction of the Secretary of State, to communicate to you herewith copy of a deciphered telegram received from Mr. Louis A. Dent, Consul of the United States at Kingston, Jamaica, reading as follows:
“Consulate of the United States,
“Kingston, May 19, 1898.
( Received May 19,- 8.23 p.m.)
“Secretary C R I D L E R,
“Adula just returned from Santiago de Cuba. Captain reports
“twelve thirty last night crossed course of seven war vessels,
“some small, steering westward midway between Jamaica and Cuba.
“It is arranged that Captains Boston Fruit Company fleet carry “form of a telegram provided by me to be filled at Turks Island
“over my signature reporting movement of Spanish fleet if seen.
Third Assistant Secretary.
Source Note: TD, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 230. Address open: “The Honorable/The Secretary of the Navy.” In top right-hand corner of Department of State stationery: “office of/THIRD ASSISTANT SECRETRY.” Underneath the date was handwritten: “May 19.”