Rear Admiral Albert P. Niblack, Commander, Patrol Forces Based on Gibraltar, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Personal Tuesday July 16th
Dear Billy :-
There are rumors of reorganization in the Mediterranean. Admiral Grant said yesterday he had heard rumors that Admiral Jellicoe had been offered command _ but had declined. He said “In case he gets to Malta I presume you will go too.”
At any rate the question may arise anyway. Any rear adml junior to you that might come out here would be junior to me. This job here is a flag officers command and if there is to be a shake up I think the senior should go to Malta. At any rate I am willing to go there or stay here. Under the present arrangement, I am “under the gun”, and have very little say about anything. However the job is well organized, and we have a smoothly working Base. It is however very much like Pringle’s, but it would not work on any other basis, and I am satisfied_If you reorganize, however, it may lead to some change in my stations. I am ready to go or stay. . . .
Very sincerely yours
Nibs. . . .
Source Note: ALS, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Container 76.