Philadelphia May 29th 1781
In due time I received Your Excellencys most esteem’d favor of the 2d Inst. and observe by it the distinctions Your Excellencys goodness bestow on me; I beg the acceptance of my most sincere gratitude; I have defferred the honor of replying to it hitherto, in momentary expectations of some Important News from the Havana to acquaint Your Excellency’s with.
Yesterday I received a Packet from the Captain General of Said Place deted 10th Inst. who only mentions that it was very provable the Town of Pansacola be by that time Conquered by His Catholick Majesty’s Arms, the Last Accounts received there dated the beginning Instant from General Galvez anouncing it so; but having found therewas more Troops in that Garrison than what was Expected when the Expedition went from the Havana a New Reinforcement was sent there, with what and the Troops before Pansacola already therewas an Army of about Six thousand Troops who had taken Possetion of all the Posts and that the Town was the only one unsubdue.
The Combined Fleets which sailed in Chace of the English Squadron that was seen from the Island of Cuba had not been meet with, but that they keep on the Coast of said Pansacola untill it be surrendered. I expect soon to hear of these favourable News to have the honor to put them under Your Excellencys knowledge. With the greatest respect I remain Sir Your Excellencys most Obedt and most Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.