Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station
Washington, April 4, 1898.
Can you purchase immediately supply steamer? What will be the cost of?1
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.