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
25. 10. 17
My dear Admiral
Very many congratulations on your most successful birthday. But still more congratulations on getting the Pargust, and on nominating Hanrahan for her. No one could do it better once he has mastered the principle which he will not take long to do. I would be sorry to see Campbell sold off to look after her fitting out as he wants to be actively employed and hopes to be sent here in a light cruiser to relieve the Adventure. But if when Pargust is commissioned she comes round here or to Bantry (B---) then Campbell & I will use our experience to help Hanrahan to stand on his feet, ready to run the race. It would be the best way really. The Cassin was not nearly so close a shave as the Benham: the latter was the nearest thing to sinking that is possible to even imagine. They have got some very good photographs of Cassin for you, I have set a sent to Whitehall.
It is quite extraordinary to me to read that the House of Commons and England were astonished at the condition of Ireland. Surely everyone knows that the whole country is ready to rise against the present regime at any moment, only waiting in the hope of getting some light guns or machine guns. And by skillfully giving in to them the Govt has added 50% to the rebel recruits.
Were you amused at my interviews with the Lord Mayor.
Certainly run down in Nov. if you are at leisure; delighted to see you.
Yours very sincerely
Source Note: ALS, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers. The letter is written on stationary and the heading appears in the upper-right of all three pages.