Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED FG
Origin OPNAV Serial No. Simben 5
Ref’d to Date
CS 7-25 <1918>
SIMBEN 5. Your 1598
Department feels that in initiating policy decidedly contrary to the wishes and intentions of this government you have committed an error in judgement. In future do not initiate general policies of international character without first communicating with the Department, giving your recommendations and obtaining views of this government through the Department, before taking up with foreign official matters, affecting international policy.
Signed Secretary of Navy 22024 S.B.
Source Note: Cy, DNA RG 45, Entry 520, Box 678. The time/date stamp just before the signature indicates that this cable was sent on 24 July 1918.