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Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long


To Secretary of Navy.

Date Hongkong ,March 10, 1898

Subject Rebellion near Manila.

Reliable reports an insurrection has broken out near Manila.

Communication by telegraph is interrupted.

Rebels are in possession of the country in that vicinity.1

Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, PGD.

Footnote 1: Dewey was informed of the rebellion in the Philippines as early as 31 December 1897, when he received command of the Asiatic Station. Dewey later received detailed information from United States Consul at Manila, Oscar Williams, but their first correspondence on the topic dates to 11 March 1898. The “reliable reports” Dewey mentions probably came from another source. See: Commo. Frederick V. McNair to Dewey, 31 December 1897; and Oscar F. Williams to Dewey, 11 March 1898.

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