Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to Governor General at Hong Kong Wilsone Black
United States Flagship OLYMPIA,
Hong Kong, April 24, 1898.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s letter of the twenty-third instant and to inform you that the request contained therein will be complied with, although I have been informed by my Government that war has not yet been declared.
Thanking you for the many courtesies I have received at your hands, I have the honor to be,
Your Excellency’s obedient servant,
(Signed) George Dewey,
Commodore, U.S. Navy.
Commanding U.S. Naval Force on Asiatic Station.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 363. Addressed below close: “His Excellency/Major General Wilson Black, C.B./Office Administering the Government of Hong Kong.” Document reference: “No.165-M.”