Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Rear Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, and Captain William D. MacDougall, American Naval Attaché in London
<April 28, 1917>
RECEIVED: April 29th, 1917 TO: Naval Attache.
Rear Admiral Sims detached all duty Newport.Assume command all U.S.Destroyers operating from British bases including tenders and auxiliaries these, to be sent later (stop) Babcock detached all duty Newport report duty Aide (stop) Sims and Babcock continue present duty in addition to destroyer duty (period) MacDougall provide Sims and Babcock with such funds as experience shows to be necessary connection this addition<
ceal> duty. 21028.
Source Note: Cy, RG 45, Entry 517. In the upper left-hand corner is the notation: “Admiral Sims/Personal File.” Someone wrote in “April 28, 1917” as the date of the dispatch after crossing through “RECEIVED: April 29th, 1917” and “To: Alusna, London, after crossing through “TO: Naval Attache.” Finally, that person crossed through the “ce” in “additionce” and wrote “al” above the line.