Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations to Admiral Austin M. Knight, Commander, Asiatic Fleet
7, November 1917.
C-in-C ASIATIC (K- 09109)
BOX: Department considers it extremely desirable that C-in-C ASIATIC proceed with the BROOKLYN to Vladivostok while weather conditions permit and before visiting Australia to emphasize to the people of the new democracy of Russia the desire of the democracy of the United States to establish and hold the closest possible bonds of understanding and friendship period Inform department want schedule can be arranged to execute this mission. Acknowledge. 18007
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.