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

Cablegram Received       July <18, 1918.> 23518  ANI

Origin: Opnav, Washington (Secnav).                        8704

33 ADR.                 SECRET


8704 Your 13241 No definite time has been fixed as to length of stay abroad of Naval Committee. Chairman Padgett2 and committeee wish to inspect Naval activities abroad with special view to enable them to study legislative measures needed. Every opportunity should be afforded them to visit in accordance with committee’s wishes. Padgett will outline their particular desires upon arrival and you should acquaint yourself with his views as early as possible. They will not remain abroad longer than necessary to accomplish their mission. I request that every courtesy be extended them.  17018. 8704


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identification number “J/1/3” appears on the right side of the page next to the serial number. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the cable.

Footnote 1: This document has not been found.

Footnote 2: Rep. Lemuel P. Padgett, D-Tennessee, was chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee.

Footnote 3: Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, sent this cable on Daniels’ behalf.

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