George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Francisco Rendon, 30 September 1780

From Francisco Rendon

Philadelphia Septr 30th 1780.


Under date of the 29th July Last I had the honor to write your Excy acquainting you with the honorable Comision, which the Govor and Captn General of Havana has favor me with proceeding from the Demise of my Chief Don Juan de Miralles, when I convey’d a Letter which that General had sent me for your Excy and another from Mrs Miralles; I have not had an Account from your Excy of their receival to acquaint the Said Govor of their being got to hand: with that motive and in case they have been miscarry’d: I take the Liberty to Convey by this opportunity the Duplicates I have received by a Vessell arrived to this Port the 27th Inst. and likewise Duplicate of my Letter, that Your Excy be acquainted with every thing; and with the answer which you’ll be pleas’d to favor me with, I will acquaint the abovementioned Governor and Captain General.1

By the Same Vessell I have received a Private Letter in which I’am acquainted with the Operations which are to be performed by the Arms of the King my Master, against the Places in posetion of the Enemy, on the Southern parts of this Continent, of which I send your Excellency an Extract, to the end that your Excellency may adopt the most Convenient dispositions to Coad-Aid to the Acquisition of the best Exit to the Common Cause which they defend. of so much Importance to the felicity of these United States,2 and in Case that the Concequences Shoud require it and that Your Excy has any Important matter to comunicate to the Said Governor of Havana that may Contribute to the good end, I shall immediatedly on my being acquainted Charter a Vessell to go on that purpose, on which your Excy may rely,3 and that I remain with the greatest respect—Sir Your Excy’s most Obedt and Most Hble Servt

Francisco Rendon


1See Rendon to GW, 29 July; see also Diego Joseph Navarro and Maria Elegio de la Puente to GW, both 6 July, found at GW to La Luzerne, 28 April, source note.

2Rendon enclosed an extract from a letter written at Havana, Cuba, on 10 Sept. with news that “Six Ships of the Line and above four thousand Troops” under Governor General of Louisiana Bernardo de Galvez were to sail from Havana to attack Pensacola. Planning also was under way “to go against St Augustin” with “Ten thousand Troops and Twelve Ships of the Line” recently arrived at Havana (DLC:GW). A hurricane scattered Galvez’s force in October (see Caughey, Galvez description begins John Walton Caughey. Bernardo de Gálvez in Louisiana, 1776–1783. Berkeley, 1934. description ends , 193–94).

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