Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
AUGUST TUESDAY 14 1917
At Cabinet discussed building destroyers – Shall we build merchant ships or destroyers? McAdoo rather thought the first. W. said much would depend upon how long the war would last, we are building 117 & the proposed 150 could not be secured until 1919 & later. Then it would be a top-heavy Navy whereas the merchant ships would get in trade & that was the chief need— Decided to confer with Taylor & report
Benson indignant at NL statemt
Went to see W about the charge of the Naval League & showed the statement and letter – Time for silence has ended – speak out. He would, if necessary, demand investigation & examination
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diaries, Roll 1. Daniels kept his diary in a daybook so the date is printed along the top.