Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to George Goodwin Dewey
15h March /98
My dear Son:
Yours of Feby. 5h reached me yesterday and as a steamer sails for Vancouver tomorrow, I will have this ready to send. I am sorry you do not get out of the office at present, but you must remember you have not been in the house very long. I think Mr. Langdon will help you all he can when the time comes. Well, we have been on a “war footing” out here ever since the loss of the “Maine-” Wars and rumors of wars every day.
I have all my squadron here except the “Monocacy” which is at Shanghai coaled promised ready to move at a moments notice should war be declared with Spain. Our objective point would be Manila in the Phillipine Islands which belong to Spain and from which she derives large resources.
The news from home yesterday was decidedly warlike, but countries go slow now-a-days before declaring war and I trust nothing will come of it. I don’t see what we have to gain in a war with Spain. I see Billy Winder and Dr. Carpenter very often - Billy was on board to see me on Sunday. He is looking splendidly, better than I have seen him look for a long time. I hear this ship is to be relieved by the “Baltimore-“ The B. is not so fine a ship, but I should be more comfortable on board of her than I am at present. A few days ago I dined with Rear Admiral Prince Henry of Prussia on board his flagship the Deutschland, an antiquated iron clad, called by one of the newspapers here, a steam roller. There are two German, two Russian, several English and five American men-of-war in port, and more arriving- So you can see my time is fully occupied, as each arriving ship means an exchange of visits.
Your Affectionate father
Source Note: ALS, DN-HC, PGGD, Box 1. Included with this document are a transcript and photocopy of the original envelope.