Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Admiral William B. Caperton, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet
TRANSLATION OF CODED MESSAGE
From Secnav To C-in-C Date: 11 August 1917
Referring to 14308, the department desires that every unit of the fleet be so placed that it is utilized to its maximum, and therefore wishes that you examine into the question as to the necessity of desirability of the United <States> maintaining the present naval force on the Brazilian Coast, with a view to either its entire withdrawal or reduction thereof.
In reference to department’s 23004, the Department fully realizes the suggestive delicacy of the mission given you in this message. It deems it to be of greatest importance, and desires that you expedite the investigation of interned vessels with a view of obtaining as many for use by the United States a as early a date as possible. If arrangement is made to withdraw or reduce the force in Brazilian waters, it is contemplated by the Department to utilize such a movement for towing the German ships to the United States for repairs._Acknowledge._18010.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.