Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Anne Hitchcock Sims
June 25, 1917
My Darling Nani,
I have really been too busy to write you the last few days. I sent you a letter by the steamer of last Saturday (if indeed a steamer sailed on that day – they have been off schedule lately) and I left a lot of letters to be mailed before I left London.
Admiral Bayly came back day before yesterday after having a good rest. He said he was able almost to forget that there was a war.
I am remaining here a few days until our troop transports begin to arrive in France. The [Navy] Department made an awful mess of it – they tried to manage the details from Washington and even directed that the French Admiralty arrange some of the details while I was to manage others!! It was such a dangerous proceeding that I was obliged to disobey all instructions and take charge of the whole business. I had to telegraph to Paris and inform them of this necessity and tell them I would accept full responsibility. It has been an anxious time, as you may imagine, but I have not been worrying. The first convoy has not yet arrived, but is expected tomorrow morning, and the next armies a day later, and the third two days later still. Each convoy is escorted by six destroyers, so there is little danger of their being attacked.
I will be off to London about the 27th, and a few days later I expect to go to Paris. . . .
Source Note: TLS, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Box 9.