President Woodrow Wilson to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
31 January, 1918
THE WHITE HOUSE
My dear Mr. Secretary,
I appreciate fully the spirit in which this honour is offered Sims, and I wish he could accept it; but I am afraid it would be a mistake for him to do so. The English persist in thinking of the United States as an English people, but of course they are not and I am afraid that our people would resent and misunderstand what they would interpret as a digestion of Sims into the British official organization. What do you think?
I would be very much obliged if you would show this note to Lansing and confer with him about this matter.
Source Note: TCy, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Special Correspondence, Roll 65. Noted below close: “The Secretary of the Navy./(written with his own typewriter).”