Captain Richard H. Jackson, American Naval Representative to the Ministry of Marine, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
UNITED STATES NAVY PAY OFFICE
23, rue de la Paix
Paris________June 25, 1917._____
My dear Admiral,
I arrived at Paris via Bordeaux June 21, and reported at Embassy; then called at French Admiralty where I was warmly received.
I have reported to you by despatch by direction of the Navy Department for instructions as to my duties. Copies of my orders and of orders to report to you are enclosed herewith.
My orders were intentionally made general, simply to represent the Navy Department as you see. The idea explained to me and given to the French Government was that I was to take charge of everything in France, working with you. Also to see what was most needed on the Patrol and in the submarine campaign. I took in the situation at Bordeaux before coming to Paris.
As soon as I got through with my calls and had gone over things at the Embassy, I went over the organization and distribution of the Patrol in the Atlantic and Channel with the Captain at the head of that work, which is under Rear Admiral Vigneaux. I expect to get through with that Monday.
Tuesday night I will go to Brest and confer with the Chief of the Patrol Division of that District and also meet Rear Admiral Gleaves.
About July 1, I thought some of the destroyers would be returning to their base and I might return on one of them to report in person, get indoctrinated, and tell you what I know.
When I leave for Brest I will arrange with liaison officer at the French Navy Department to forward messages for me in French Code to Chief of Patrol Division at Brest, with whom I will make my headquarters while at Brest.
Information from our Navy Department is now coming via the French Naval Attaché in Washington to the Minister of Marine and decoded and sent to our Embassy.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. Addressed below close: “Vice Admiral Sims, Commanding./c/o British Admiralty./LONDON. S.W.” There is a handwritten note at the bottom of the last page by Sims’ aide Cmdr. John V. Babcock: “I suggest that after/Jackson has become/familiar with French/situation – he come/here and report/to you -/JVB.”