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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels


Cablegram Sent

31st July,1917.

To Secretary of the Navy, Washington    Serial No. 173

Via Q.211

     Number one hundred and seventy three. Referring recent cable from Secretary of State to Ambassador recommending naval conference London,2 Department to be represented by Admiral Mayo,3 am sure conference would result in great benefit all concerned (stop) Admiralty cordially welcomes suggestion. Admiral Jellicoe4 suggests Mayo’s staff be sent week or so ahead (quote) to get the spade work done by the time the Admiral arrives (unquote)


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Code for the British Admiralty.

Footnote 2: See, Robert Lansing to Walter Hines Page, 28 July 1917, FRUS, 1917, Supplement 2: 151. For more on the conference, See: Daniels Diary, 24 July 1917, and Page to Lansing, 31 July 1917, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 3: Adm. Henry T. Mayo, Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet.

Footnote 4: First Sea Lord Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe.