Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operation in European Waters, to Anne Hitchcock Sims
Hotel de Crillon, Paris
Dec 1, 1917 (Saturday)
My precious Nani,
I have mailed you by the pouch today two letters giving you all the news of my activities up to last night.
Since then such plans as we thought we had have been changed. I expected to remain here until Monday, at least.
I was going to dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Bliss and Peg was going with me, and the Joe Smiths were to be there. On Sunday evening I was going to dine at the Ambassadors.
After the above had all been nicely arranged, Ad. B. announced this forenoon that he would leave for Bordeaux this evening, spend Sunday there and return here Monday evening. Later we will have to go to the coast again – if the plans of the Colonel will permit. I went to see Peg this morning to give her the bad news. When I come back she is going to ask Ambassador and Mrs. Sharp, Mr. Thackara and some others to dinner. On Tuesday, Dec. 4th, I am going to lunch with the President and Mrs. Poincaré. About the last of this week the whole party will sail for home and I will return to London – and I will be very glad to settle down to my own affairs for a time.
I have promised to spend x mas with Admiral Bayly and “the Only Niece”. I hope I will not be disappointed.
I am in my usual perfect health and not the least bit tired. All my affairs are going on well. The visit of our people will, I believe, prove of great benefit. I believe that every single one of the recommendations I have been making for months past will be carried out. What a pity they could not have trusted to our judgment. I hope, now that they see for themselves that all the recommendations were wholly justified, they will have a little more confidence in future. Nous allons voir.
I have not received any personal mail since I left; and probably will not receive any until I get back; so I have none of your dear letters to answer. They are waiting for me in London. I hope you were not troubled by the situation explained by the correspondence in the express package. I am sure that the misunderstandings shown by that correspondence has now practically passed away – and that measures have been taken that will prevent a similar occurrence in the future. What little advantage P.D.s take of past experience! Sometimes I think I will write up a sort of history of our minor mistakes for the benefit of future generations and with a view of showing the principles violated.
Now I must close and get a bite of dinner before going to the train.
I will send this in the open mail. I wonder when it will reach you.
I will write again when I get back here. This carries all my love to you, my sweetheart, and to our precious ones. I have your last photo, and those of all the chicks with me, and I see then many times a day.