Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Anne Hitchcock Sims
The Carleton, London, November 1, 1917
My darling sweetheart:
. . . . Before this reaches you, you will doubtless know that the Huntingdon (Robison’s ship) and St. Louis are coming over here with delegates to a conference of the Allies to be held in London or Paris about the middle of the month. Benson is one of the delegates, and I am very glad of it. It is a pity he did not come months ago.
. . . . Some officers who have just arrived say the C-in-C and his staff say they think the war will be over in
three six months. I don’t know how he acquired the opinion.
I am interested in what Julia says about the C-in-C being peeved over Belknap’s being ordered to operations while he was away. One of his complaints is that he is not even consulted about such orders. I assume that his objection was to B. being taken away from the fleet, and not as to where he was ordered. Many consider this a curious assignment as this makes three so-called pro-Huns in operations – or rather anti-British – Benson, Schofield and B. . . .