Captain Volney O. Chase, Acting Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases
To: May 26, 1917.
Vice Admiral Sims,
care Vice Admiral Commanding,
Best wishes cabled by Daniels on your appointment Vice Admiral made by President period Pratt not available Morton <writes> period quote Major General John J. Pershing United States Army with Staff leaves on the S.S. BALTIC New York May twenty-eighth for Liverpool Period Communicate with British Admiralty and take whatever steps necessary to provide protective escorts of United States Destroyers for <BALTIC> through danger zone V. O. Chase, Acting Unquote. Mac<D>ougall.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. Whoever decoded the message made several errors that were later corrected, presumably when this document was being prepared for publication in the 1920’s. The mistakes were crossed through and the corrections written above the cross-through. The cross-throughs are done in such a way that in most cases it is impossible to read the original text. Therefore the editors have used the corrected version and indicated them with angle brackets. At the top of the page is a signed notation that reads: “26 May 1917./Will Captain Phillpotts kindly send the following telegram/for me? With thanks MacDougall,/Captain, U.S.N.” The message is typed but MacDougall’s signature is handwritten. Capt. Edward M. Phillpotts was an assistant to First Sea Lord Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe. Capt. William D. MacDougall was the United States Naval Attaché at London.