Vice Admiral Lewis Bayly, R.N., Commander, Naval Forces, Southern Ireland, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Navy Forces Operating in European Waters
12 . 11 . 17
My dear Admiral
Your letter that you are coming: your telegram that you are not. Very sorry though there is not much to see here.
I am sorry they are sending the two destroyers back to the USA, they get a good deal knocked about in the Atlantic, and are of no use there, while they would be very useful in France.
I hope you will give Pringle a good man, tactful, understanding men, disciplinarian &c for the training establishment at Passage. He will have a great responsibility, especially if we have trouble in Ireland & should be a Commd.
I am afraid that the destroyers are being run rather close to their limit, without a margin for accidents breaks down &c. It all depends on what escorts are ordered. The high speed escorts in bad weather are especially severe on them.
The Niece sends her love
yours very sincerely
Source Note: ALS, DLC-MSS, William S. Sims Papers, Box 47. Written on stationary.