Floridablanca to William Carmichael
S[a]n Lorenzo 24th Novr 1784
The King has not only condescended with pleasure to permit the extraction of the Jack Ass which you sollicit on acct of General Washington But further his Majesty desirous that this Commission should be executed to the entire Satisfaction of so distinguished a personage, has ordered me to look out for & place at your orders two of the best of those Animals, in case that an accident should happen to one on the passage.1 I shall advise you when they are ready, & in the mean time I renew my Desires to be of use to you & pray God to preserve you many years. I am & &c.
(Signed) Count of Florida Blanca
Translation, DLC:GW; ALS, in Spanish, DLC:GW.
José Monino y Redondonde, conde de Floridablanca, was the Spanish foreign minister.