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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Joel R. Poinsett Pringle, Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotilla

May 6th. 1918.     

My dear Pringle,

          You may remember that in the letter I wrote to Admiral Benson, of which I sent you a copy some time ago,1 I asked the Admiral to reassure me by cable concerning certain rumours about the administration of the forces over here. I have received this morning the following cablegram:-

“Nothing whatever in rumour referred to in your personal letter 16th.April. Department perfectly satisfied with your administration of destroyers as well as of other forces.”2

     This would seem to settle the matter for the present at least, and I am very much pleased that it does so. You will of course, communicate this information to Admiral Bayly.3

Very sincerely yours,        

Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, William S. Sims Papers, Box 79. Addressed below close: “Captain J.R.Poinsett Pringle, U.S.N./U.S.S. MELVILLE./Queenstown.”

Footnote 2: See: Benson to Sims, 6 May 1918.

Footnote 3: Adm. Lewis Bayly, R.N., Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Ireland, and commander at Queenstown. Also, see: Sims to Anne Hitchcock Sims, 6 May 1918.

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