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Captain William D. MacDougall, United States Naval Attaché at London, to the Office of Naval Intelligence

Cablegram

Sent: May 25th 17                   To: Navintel, Washington

132– Admiral Sims sent a cable through the State Department on the twenty first of May, to this effect.1

The principle of convoying merchant ships in accordance with general plan is approved of by the Admiralty.

The British would like to know if we could provide cruisers for all convoys leaving New York harbor. They are willing to convoy all ships from Hampton Roads. Be so good as to reply to this cable.2 19025,

Mac Dougall

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Sims’ cable has not been found.

Footnote 2: It appears that the Navy Department did not “reply” to MacDougall’s cable in a timely fashion.

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