Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent 22 December 1917. ROC
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 2363
Prep. by Foley. NCT D.R.
2363. Your 1668 received 17420. With particular reference to proposed application of American sailing ships to temporarily relieve grain psoition [i.e., position] have consulted with Admiralty who are giving matter their careful consideration and will reply on 24th. Delay due mainly to desire to consult Jellico and Duff who are absent. There are many objections and we fear decision may be unfavorable but you can depend upon any measure of relief being seriously considered. 23222.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The number just before the signature is a time stamp.