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had not been given, but who had not yet availed themselves of it.

Your telegram, however, of this morning shows that an error has been made.

These people must be held to produce a proper letter of admission or be referred to the Bureau of Navigation for the same.

Now, Simpson, the error was mine, and I am very anxious that it shall not establish any precedent and that the consequences of the error shall go no further.

Will you please communicate this idea to anyone besides yourself in authority, who may be influenced by this as a precedent.

I hope that you thoroughly understand that no criticism is intended of anyone connected with this matter but myself.

The matter has been made all straight with the Bureau of Ordnance, and I desire it to make it plain to you.

Hoping that you are having a pleasant tour of duty and with kindest regards and good wishes, I am, very sincerely yours,

Thos. Snowden

Lieut. Edw. Simpson, U.S.N.


Snowden, Japan, Japanese, Torpedo


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