Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Hong Kong, March 11, 1898.
To Secretary of the Navy:
For the squadron to operate in the Philippine Islands it is desirable that ammunition and coal should be sent from San Francisco immediately. Other governments have bought all good coal.
From the Secretary of the Navy,
received March 12, 6 p.m., dated 11th.
You are authorized to contract for the delivery of 5000 tons of coal and less at such place as you may decide upon. Order good coal from England if necessary.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 362.