President Woodrow Wilson to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
My dear Mr. Secretary, The White House. 24 March, 1917.
. . . . The main thing is no doubt to get into immediate communication with the Admiralty on the other side (through confidential channels until the Congress has acted) and work out the scheme of cooperation. As yet sufficient attention has not been given, it seems to me, by the authorities on the other side of the water to the routes to be followed or to plans by which the safest possible approach may be made to the British ports. As few ports as possible should be used, for one thing, and every possible precaution thought out. Can we not set this afoot at once and save all the time possible?
Source Note: TLS, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Special Correspondence, Reel 65.