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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 instant1 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.”

Footnote 1: See: Black to Dewey, 23 April 1898. 

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