Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President, Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Office of Naval War Board,
Washington, D. C., June 18, 1898.
The Board recommends that the following telegram be sent to the U.S.Naval Attaché at Paris.
Pres. of the Board.
Sampson has been ordered to have the OREGON, IOWA and MASSACHUSETTS kept full of coal and ready to move against the Spanish coast as soon as it is known that Camara has passed Suez. Six large swift cruisers will accompany the squadron to act against Spanish trade. You will let this transpire, although it is true.
The Secretary has approved of this.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 372. Typed on Naval War Board stationery.