Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Esteban Rodríguez Miró, 4 May 1782

From Esteban Rodríguez Miró

New Orleans, 4 May 1782. He commends the many services for the common cause made by Oliver Pollock, the agent of Congress, who is about to leave for the United States. Pollock facilitated the first successful actions by Spanish forces against the English establishments on the Mississippi, whereby the inhabitants of Natchez accepted the dominion of the Spanish king without the least opposition, and he has been obliged to sacrifice his own interests in the service of TJ and Virginia, for which he deserves TJ’s esteem. He wishes God may favor American forces with success for many years.

FC (AGI: Papeles de Cuba, legajo 2370); 1 p.; in Spanish; in a clerk’s hand, unsigned, but authorship attributed on the basis of Miró’s 4 May 1782 letter to the President of Congress on the same subject (DNA: RG 360, PCC); at foot of text: “Exmo. Sor. dn. Tomas Jefferson.”

Esteban Rodríguez Miró (1744–95), a Spanish army officer who participated in the West Florida campaigns during the Revolutionary War, was acting governor, 1782–85, and governor, 1785–91, of Louisiana, as well as intendant of the province during the last three years of his governorship (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ).

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