To Juan de Miralles
Hd Qrs Middle brook May 18th 1779
I take the liberty to trouble you with duplicate and triplicate of a letter which I did myself the honor to write to His Excellency The Governor of Havannah some time since, the original of which I am apprehensive may miscarry1—and I entreat your care in forwarding them by the earliest and safest opportunities. I am anxious that this letter should get to His Excellency, as it conveys to him my thanks for the pleasure I have received in his friends acquain[t]ance and a testimony of my respect for himself.2
I am happy in the opportunity this gives me of assuring you of the sincere respect and esteem with which I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obedt & most humble servant.
Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The dateline on the draft is in GW’s hand.