Captain Joel R. Poinsett Pringle, Senior Officer, Chief of Staff, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
[Queenstown, Ireland] 23 November 
My dear Admiral:-
Cone, has just arrived and gave me your greetings for which I thank you. He said you told him to tell me that you would come down here before long and I hope you will as we would all be the better for a sight of you and you would enjoy seeing the spirit of pep that now pereades [i.e., pervades] this gang. Young Carpentder’s exploit have put them all on edge and well it might, for it was a very fine performance all around. Berrieu’s performance, I think was also pighly [i.e., highly] officer like and proper – he signaled to Fanning to pick up the prisoners and take them into port and then escort on with his convoy and never made a single other signal on the subject. With the Arvonian coming on just at this moment you can imagine the added impetus it gives to the spirit. When you see Admiral B. you must be sure and tell him that you hear the United States Navy gave him his first salute as an Admiral. Last Saturday he went down to the boone in his barge to see the Bridge leave as she passed out with her crew drawn up at quarters she gave him four ruffles and femishes and he told me that it was very appropriate that the first salute should have come from Our Service.
Mr. Ralph Paine has been a great success and his first article is, I think, very good. He has done considerable work in the Department, came highly recommended and I think he will do us justice and do it in good style. From what you wrote me some time ago, it looks as though Admiral Benson would not get down here and though we are all sorry that he cannot make it, we understand that both you and he have plenty to do. Please make my respects to him. We have not had any calls for sugar from you lately so presume that your stock is holding out well. We have plenty on hand in case you should need it. The two recent articles in the Telegraph about the “Tonnage Question” seem rather disturbing but from such correspondence of your as I have seen, they must be true. Daniels sends you his regards. He is a corker, full of good judgment and can do more work than any man I ever saw. Please give Twining my regards and ask him where he keeps his clothes these days.
Hope to see you here soon,
Very sincerely yours,
J P POURNELL PRINGLE.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, William S. Sims Papers, Box 79. Note at the top of the page: “Admiral Sims’ personal files.” Identifying number in columnar fashion in top right-hand corner: “1/3/J/D.”