George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Diego Joseph Navarro, 30 April 1780

Head Quarters Morris Town April 30th 1780.


I am extremely sorry to communicate to your Excellency the painful intelligence of the death of Don Juan De Miralles.

This unfortunate event happened at my Quarters the day before yesterday, and his remains were yesterday interred with all the respect due to his character and merit.

He did me the honor of a visit in company with the Minister of France, and was siezed the day of his arrival with a violent biliary complaint, which, after nine days continuance, put a period to his life, not withstanding all the efforts of the most skilful Physicians we were able to procure.

Your Excellency will have the goodness to believe that I took pleasure in performing every friendly office to him during his illness; and that no care or attention in our power was omitted towards his comfort or restoration. I the more sincerely sympathize with you in the loss of so estimable a friend, as ever since his residence with us, I have been happy in ranking him among the number of mine. It must however be some consolation to his connexions to know that in this Country he has been universally esteemed and will be universally regretted.

May I request the favor of your Excllency to present my respects to the Lady & family of our deceased friend and to assure them how much I participate in their afflictions on this melancholy occasion? I have the honor to be with the highest respect and most perfect consideration Your Excellency’s most Obedt & Hble Servt

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