Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Anne Hitchcock Sims
My darling Nani:
Yesterday I sent you a long letter in the pouch and some big envelopes with clippings etc
This morning I find that an officer is leaving for Liverpool and will be sent out on a tug to catch the steamer, so I am taking advantage of the opportunity to send you a line to give you a piece of good news.
By the mail before last I wrote to Benson and told him that there were many rumors reaching me that Admiral Eberle, or some other admiral was to be sent out here to take command of the destroyers; that articles were appearing in the papers about it, etc. and that I would be glad if he could reassure me by cable; that such rumors added to the strain on me, etc
I have just received a reply this morning, which is as follows:
“Nothing whatever in rumor referred to in your personal letter 16 April. Department perfectly satisfied with your administration of destroyers as well as all other forces”.
So, that is settled, at least for the present.
I believe it also disposes of the Mayo incident.
I must close this at once, as the officer is leaving
All my love to you and the five precious ones.
As this will be mailed in New York, it will doubtless reach you a day or so before the letters that are in the pouch.
Source Note: ALS, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Box 10.