Captain Joel R. Poinsett Pringle, Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotillas, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
29 April 
UNITED STATES SHIP MELVILLE
My dear Admiral:-
I consider the enclosed a very accurate statement of the situation as it exists– It was prepared by request and I induced the author to give me a copy- He said that I might send it to you if I told you at the same time that he would prefer that you kept it secret and did not refer to it in conversation- Also that you should only show it to those who are closet to you- He says that the situation is so delicate now, that the existence of this document and its authorship, if known, might cause a lot of trouble.
I am in receipt of a letter from Mr Paine dated 7 April from Durham, New Hampshire- He tells me that he has it on the best authority that no change is contemplated in my case or in that of the Suptdt [Superintendent] of the Naval Academy- He says that when E. applied for sea duty he was told that Annapolis needed him more- For the present, at least, I think there is no chance of a bust up. I told Admiral B. about the letter and he expresses himself as being mighty pleased-
I sent you by Daniels a note about Berry’s future employment- I think he should not under any circumstances be employed here again-
Please excuse this scrawl- The Jessamine got one big sardine last week-
Source Note: ALS, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Box 79.