11 June 1796
Great and good Friend,
The interests of the United States which were committed to the care of William Short, Minister Resident near you for the United States of America, admitting of his absence, and the state of his health requiring a change of climate, he has desired permission to return to America. We have, therefore, yielded to his request. He will accordingly take his leave of you; embracing that occasion to assure you of our friendship and sincere desire to preserve and strengthen the harmony and good understanding so happily subsisting between the two Nations, and which will be further manifested by his successor. We are persuaded that he will do this in the manner most expressive of these sentiments, and of the respect and sincerity with which they are offered. We pray God to keep you, Great and good Friend, under his holy protection. Written at the City of Philadelphia, the eleventh day of June, in the year 1796.
By the President,
Secretary of State
DNA: RG 59--DD-Diplomatic Despatches, Spain.