Secretaryof the Navy John D. Long to Captain Charles S. Cotton
Washington, May 28, 1898.
Care of American Consul,
Following must be delivered to Schley as soon as possible, utmost urgency: Unless it is unsafe for your squadron, Department wishes you to remain off Santiago so cannot you take possession of Guantanamo, occupy as a coaling station? If you must leave, are authorized to sink collier in the mouth of harbor, if you can obstruct thereby, but if not so used, and not necessary to you, it would not be desirable to leave her Nicolas Mole or vicinity. You must not leave the vicinity of Santiago de Cuba unless it is unsafe your squadron, or unless Spanish division is not there.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 135.