Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
“Hong Kong, April 23, 1898.
Secretary of the Navy,
The Governor of Hong Kong, in accordance with the direction of the English Secretary of State for the Colonies, has notified me that a war between the United States and Spain exists. He has requested the Squadron to leave within forty-eight hours. The instructions of the Department are requested in regard to.
Source Note: C, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 363. Addressed below close: “The Honorable/The Secretary of State.” Copy of Dewey telegram to the Secretary of the Navy forwarded by Secretary of State William R. Day. Document reference No.: “SCH…106043.”