Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet
Washington, June 18, 1898.
Keep the “Iowa”, the “Oregon” and the “Brooklyn” full of coal and ammunition, as they may be sent to coast of Spain in the event of Cadiz division passing Suez. Auxiliaries “Harvard”, “Yale,” “Yosemite,” “Dixie,” destined same service. If in your opinion those armored vessels are not in repair to make the above mentioned cruise, which would you recommend?
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 204. Addressed below close: “Sampson,/Mole, Hayti.”