Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt to Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station
From Secretary of the Navy.
Date February 26, 1898.
Subject Assemble Squadron
Prepare for war.
Secret and confidential.
Order the Squadron except Monocacy to Hongkong.
Keep full of coal.
In the event of declaration of war Spain, it will be your duty to see that the Spanish squadron does not leave Asiatic coast and then offensive operations in Philippine Islands.
Keep the Olympia until further orders.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, PGD. Document was: “Received Honkong Feb. 26/8:30 p.m.”