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Commander William R. Sayles, United States Naval Attaché at Paris, to Rear Admiral Roger T. Welles, Office of Naval Intelligence

 

AMERICAN EMBASSY, PARIS

COPY OF TELEGRAM

SENT

June 4th,  1917.

Navintel

          Washington.

Conditions so unsatisfactory my confidential agent Robert W. Neeser1 is leaving at own expense on June 9th. for Washington to explain situation.2 Please inform Roosevelt and Badger.3  18004.

Sayles.

Source Note: CyC, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. In the top right-hand corner is the identifying number “ʃ 145.”

Footnote 1: Neeser was a prolific author who wrote on a variety of naval and maritime topics.

Footnote 2: On why “Conditions [were] so unsatisfactory” in France, see: Sayles to William S. Sims, 23 May 1917 and Sayles to Josephus Daniels, 1 June 1917, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.

Footnote 3: Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt and President of the General Board of the Navy Adm. Charles J. Badger.

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