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Secretaryof the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet.


Washington, August 4, 1898.

     Negotiations are pending with Spain. Therefore do not sail with ocean fleet until further orders.1


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 343. Addressed before opening: “Sampson,/Playa de Este, Cuba.”

Footnote 1: A similar telegram was sent to Commo. John C. Watson, Commander, Eastern Squadron, to keep his vessels coaled and ready if negotiations were unsuccessful. On 11 August peace protocols were signed. See, Long to Watson, 4 August 1898, Ibid., 346; and Asst. Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Allen to Sampson, 11 August, 1898, Ibid., 354.

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