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Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station

Washington, April 4, 1898.

Dewey, Hongkong:

     Can you purchase immediately supply steamer? What will be the cost of?1

Long.

Source Note Print: Report of the Bureau of Navigation, 1898, p. 65.

Footnote 1: Dewey purchased the steamers Nanshan and Zafiro to use as escort colliers and supply ships. See: Dewey to Long, 4 April 1898; Long to Dewey, 5 April 1898; Long to Dewey, 6 April 1898; Dewey to Long, 6 April 1898; and Dewey to Long, 9 April 1898. For Dewey’s report on the cost of the steamers and supplies, see: Dewey to Long, 18 April 1898.

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