George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Francisco Rendón, 24 April 1781

Philadelphia April 24th 1781.


Yesterday afternoon Anchored in this River two American schooners from the Havana, from whence they sailed on the 12th Inst. by which I have received Letters from the governor & Captn General of said Place under date of the 10th giving me a Detail of the following Intelligences: That on the 4th January Ultimo, my Masters Arms had re taken the Fort Called San Juan de Nicaragua on the Spanish Main in the Kingdom of Santa feé, having made Prisoners three officers two Doctors & a soldier, the whole of the Garrision Consisting of two hundred Men, escaped in Boats the preceeding night of its reduction.

His Excellency also acquaints me, that the very day of the date of his Letter, he Conjectured that the Town & Garrison of Pansacola could likewise be taken, because on the 18th Ulto General Galvez, with a Brigantine, two Artillery Boats & a Galley, forced the entrance of the Port & the following day the whole Convoy which went from the Havana entered & came to an Anchor in the Bay; on the 23rd another Expedition from New Orleans to Join the former one also arrived; & that on the 26th the Naval forces as well as those by Land from the Havana & Movila were in the Harbour and at the Camp close to the Town beginning the Attack.

Having seen from Cape San Antonio of the said Island of Cuba an English Fleet of Eight ships of the Line, that from Jamayca (as it was thought) were going to the succour of Pensacola, the two Fleets Spanish and French Composed of nineteen ships of the Line sett sail Immediatedly with the View of Intercepting them to frustrate their operations; It’s certain that if such Lucky hit cou’d be acquired it wou’d be a very Capital Stroke to the Enemy, which is not unprovable may happen: The Spanish M. of W. had on board a number of Troops under the command of Don Juan Manuel de Caxigal to Land in case a succour shou’d be wanted besides those which were already there under the orders of General Galvez; I expect soon the arrival of other Vessels with the Confirmation of the success, when I shall do myself the honor to acquaint Your Excellency with. I respectfuly remain Sir Your Excellencys most obedt and most Humble servt

Francisco Rendon

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