United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Walter Hines Page to Secretary of State Robert Lansing
January 29, 1918.
TO Department of State, Washington.
FROM American Embassy, London.
DATED January 29, 9: p.m.
Following is a confidential message for the President and Secretary of State:
The proposal of the British Admiralty to make Admiral Sims an Honorary Member of the Board of the Admiralty has been approved by the King, who has expressed the hope that this plan will receive your sanction. The Italian and French naval chiefs of staff during their recent visit here were approached by the Lords of the Admiralty on the matter, and they expressed their approval in the heartiest manner, the French Admiral stating he would immediately ask his Naval authorities to take a corresponding step.
The suggestion is simply a complimentary expression of the cordial working relations that exist and when Sims’ command is relinquished here, his membership in the Board of Admiralty will automatically cease.
No member of any other navy has ever been so honoured and the compliment is one without precedent. I have been asked by Geddes to send this explanation in the hope that you will concur in the suggestion. He considers it merely as a sign of the cordial working relations, and the appreciation and esteem in which the British Admiralty hold the American Navy. THE AMBASSSADOR.
|fn5:First Sea Lord Adm. Sir Rosslyn Wemyss and First Lord of the Admiralty Sir Eric Geddes.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Box 78.