From Josef Ignacio de Viar and Josef de Jaudenes
July 12th. 1793.
His Catholic Majesty’s Commissioners present their Compliments to the Secretary of State, and have the honor to transmit herein the Passport requested from them.
The Commissioners are extreamely obliged to the Secretary of State for his polite offer in haveing their dispatches conveyed by the same person, and with pleasure would embrace so favourable opportunity, had they not fixed to forward them by a Spanish Gentleman who will sail about the same time.
RC (DNA: RG 59, NL); in Jaudenes’s hand; endorsed by TJ as received 13 July 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Passport for James Blake, 12 July 1793, in which Jaudenes and Viar request Spanish naval commanders, merchants, and government officials to grant him safe passage as an official courier of the United States government (PrC of Tr in DLC, in Spanish, in a clerk’s hand; Trin Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL, in Spanish).