Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Pastor Horace F. Barnes
BUREAU OF NAVIGATION,
July 18, 1898.
Should the Massachusetts hospital ship carry any Army and Navy stores not strictly hospital stores, she loses her character as a hospital ship and is liable to capture the same as any man-of-war or other merchant vessel would be at the hands of the enemy.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 132. Addressed before open: “H. F. Barnes,/88 Tremont Street, Boston, Mass.”