George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Francisco Rendon, 10 November 1780

From Francisco Rendon

Philadelphia Novr 10th 1780


On the 7th Instt I received the Letter which your Excellency was so kind as to do me the distinguish’d honor to write, under date of ⅌mo Instt Confirming in it the Sailing from New York, on the 16th Ultimo of the Transports and Troops of the Enemy, according the Intelligence acquainted me with by your Excy’s former Letter; for which favor I give Your Excy my most Sincere thanks and also for Your Excy’s endeavours to facilitate those Advises;1 which Object must Certainly be very agreable to the Chief Officers, who are Commissioned to undertake the Operations on the Southern parts of this Continent.2

I was anticipatedly acquainted with Said Circumstance on the 23rd Ultimo by Your Excellency’s Aids Colonel Mead and Harrison’s own word of Mouth, who at that time were on their Transit thro’ this Town3 In Concequence of Said Intelligence I Immediatedly Dispatched the Vessell I had ready to Send that Advise to the Governor of Havana, to enable him to direct the needfull orders which may be conducent to the felicity of the Operations of the Spanish Fleets and Troops against the Enemy.

It’s out of my power Sir to express the gratitude in which my acknowledgement is Leaded, to the great favors, which Your Excy goodness are pleas’d to distinguish me with most humble beging the Continuation of it being the means of making myself, Meritory to my Commission, which dont doubt will be the Case with Your Excellency’s Protection.4 I have the honor to be with the utmost respect. Your Excellency’s most Obedient and Most Humble Servant

Francisco Rendon


2Spanish forces targeted Pensacola and St. Augustine (see Rendon to GW, 30 Sept., and n.2).

3GW’s aide-de-camp Richard Kidder Meade and GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison both had left camp to travel to Virginia (see General Orders, 28 Oct., source note).

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