James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Ignacio Alvarez Thomas, 9 February 1816

en el Palacio del Gobierno en Buenos Ayres á 9. de Febrero 1816

Exmo Sõr

Si en la esfera de las Facultades que invisto como Gefe Supremo de las Provincias Unidas del Rio de la Plata, cupiera por ahora un medio eficaz de acreditar a V. E. la Sinceridad de mis deseos por la mas cordial afeccion á su muy honorable persona, yo me apresuraría á manifestarlo, Satisfecho como estoy de los Votos de mis Conciudadanos en obsequio de la estrecha armonía que apetecen entre ambos Estados: Sin embargo permitame V. E. poner á sus ordenes por Conducto del Coronel Nacional D. Martin Tompson los primeros ensayos de las Fabricas de armas establecidas en las Provincias de Buenos Ayres y Tucuman bajo la influencia de un Gobierno libre, como un presente debido al primer Magistrado de los Estados Unidos de la America del Norte. Yo me lisongeo que fixando V E la vista en el candor de ésta demostracion, prestará en lo moral, el valor que falta en lo fisico á unas prendas que Solo llevan consigo el merito de acreditar el estado de nuestras Artes, y la materia de que van construidas. La que corresponde al Reyno Mineral és peculiar á un País, que respira ya sin la trabas y arbitrariedad de el Gobierno Español, y la disertacion que tengo el honor de Acompañar á V. E podrá ilustrarle del nuevo descubrimiento de éste Orden en el Territorio de mi dependencia. Ojala Oxalá in the margin Se presente occasion de repetir á V. E. mi mas alta consideracion, y la expresion terminante de unos Pueblos que en medio de la lucha en que Se hallan para asegurar sus derechos, recuerdan las relaciones naturales que deben unirlos á los que V. E. dignamente preside. Dios gue. á V. E. ms. as.

Igno. Alvarez

(Translation)
Don Ignacio Alvarez, to The President of the Sovereign Congress of the United States of North America.

Palace of the Government in Buenos Ayres, the 9th. of February 1816.

Most Excellent Sir,

If in the exercise of the powers with which, I am invested, as Supreme Chief of the United Provinces of Rio de la Plata, a suitable occasion should present itself of proving to you my high respect for your person, I would eagerly avail myself of it, confident as I am of the great desire of my fellow-Citizens to form a closer connexion with the United States. Permit me therefore, to present to Your Excellency, by the hands of the National Colonel, Don Martin Tompson, a Specimen of the first Essays of the Manufacture of Arms established, in the Provinces of Buenos-Ayres and Tucuman under the auspices of a free Government, as an homage due to the chief Magistrate of the United States of North America. I flatter myself that Your Excellency, on considering the frankness of this proceeding, will give to its sentiment, that value which is intrinsically wanting in a present, whose only merit consists in exhibiting the State of our Arts, and the Material of which it is composed. What appertains to the Mineral Kingdom, is peculiar to this Country, which is at length beginning to breathe, on being freed from the bondage and fetters of the Spanish Government. The Tract which I have the honour to transmit, herewith to Your Excy:, will make you acquainted with the New Discovery in this Class, made in the Territory of my Government. May an opportunity soon present itself for renewing to Your Excellency the assurance of my highest Consideration, and the becoming expressions of the sentiments of a People, who admidst the struggle in which they are engaged to secure their Rights, reflect on the natural relations which are one day, to unite them with that People over whom you so worthily preside. God preserve You many Years!

(Signed) Ignto: Alvarez

DNA: RG 59—NFL—Notes from Foreign Legations.

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