Add. MSS. 49035

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Churchill to Jellicoe, 27 July, 1913

ff. 47-48.


Admiralty, Whitehall,

27th July, 1913.

Only a line to congratulate you on the brilliant and daring manner in which you executed the difficult task entrusted to you in the manœuvres. You have every reason to be contented with the results which leave your naval reputation second to none among the naval officers of the active list. Your position at the close was one of obvious advantage and there were no further tactical lessons to be leant by prolongation or repetition of your operations.

Now perhaps we are going to set you a rather harder task in the second phase, but I am sure that however the event may go it will furnish you with new opportunities of showing those qualities of enterprise and audacity which play so decisive a part in the art of making war.