Vice Admiral Lewis Bayly, R.N. to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces in European Waters
19. 7. 17.
My dear Admiral,
The telegrams certainly give me an idea of what you are going through, they are also extremely interesting. It is not extraordinary that there are people who do not understand that your destroyers here are between your country and the enemy.
The next few weeks will teach a lot of people a lot about convoys that they don’t know at present. I wonder you don’t take the Hamburg America building in Cockspur Street and establish an office there if it is big enough. I see it is for sale, and they will have to give you the staff you ask for.
When are you coming for a few days rest, we play cricket after supper on Sundays and the U S A are beginning to think there is something in the game after all.
Why not come after you return from Paris, let the telegrams answer themselves.
Sgd – Lewis Bayly.
Source Note: TLS, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Container 22. A cataloging note at the top of the page reads “Admiral Sims/Personal File.”