Madrid Feby 21. 1806
I have just received from ⟨Eng⟩land the most afflicting intelligence⟨. My⟩ beloved father is no more.
The injunctions & information which ⟨he⟩ gave me at parting respecting his ⟨af⟩fairs make my presence there absolutely ⟨ess⟩ential & I pray you to give me immedi⟨ate⟩ permission to leave this. I am Dear Sir with Sincere respect & Esteem Always & very faithy your obt St
George W Erving
DNA: RG 59--DD-Diplomatic Despatches, Spain.