Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station
From Secretary of Navy.
Date April 24, 1898.
Subject War declared.
War has commenced United States Spain.
Proceed at once to Philippine Islands.
Commence operations particularly against Spanish fleet.
You must capture vessels or destroy
Use utmost endeavor.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, PGD. Document was: “ Received at Hongkong/April 25, at 12:15 p.m./Received by Commander-in-Chief/at Mirs Bay, April 25, at 7 p.m.”