Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President, Naval War Board, to Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron
[Washington, D.C., July 31, 1898]
Please propose by telegraph a naval station for the United States to hold in the Phillipine after peace is made, remembering that a port in the northern part of the group would be preferable on account of temperature and nearness to Chinese coast. A small island having a good harbor, seems desirable, but Department is uncertain, and desires you to propose such small island, and as an alternative a good port on one of the large islands surrounded by moderate area of land, and sufficient laborers in vicinity to meet coaling and other needs. Department also expects to take a Spanish island for a naval station between Hawaii and China. Would you recommend Guam or some other. The Caroline Group must be excluded.
This was not sent
Source Note: ALS, DLC-MSS, PGD. At top of page in the right-hand corner: “Dewey about last of July 98/MS/1898.” As the sign-off suggests, RAdm. Montgomery Sicard’s note was not sent to RAdm. George Dewey.