Vice Admiral Lewis Bayly, R.N., Commander, Naval Forces, Southern Ireland to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
My dear Admiral.
I ought to have written before, as well as to have thanked you for the History of Ireland which I shall read with great interest. I am sad at losing Johnson Taussig and Hanrahan out of the flotilla, but we shall get good work out of them elsewhere, and there are lots of good fish in the sea.
I have got your letter on Troop Convoy 9: it was a very near shave, but I understand your reasoning and I hope in future it will be all right. I am going to send eight destroyers for four transports always if possible, but there will also only be eight for six transports.
All hands are working well and as keen as ever; I have issued a pamphlet to them and by doing so have given a hostage to my critics, which is not a bad thing; a knock now and then does good. We still look forward to a visit from you this month. Good luck.
Yours very sincerely,
Sgd. Lewis Bayly.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Box 23.