George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Josef Yznardi, Sr., 20 January 1794

From Josef Yznardi, Sr.

Rota [Spain] 20th January 1794.

Very Honorable and respectable Sir, of my particular esteem:

Having present to my mind the obligations that a Father contracts when favors are bestowed on his Children, because the latter ought to be imitators of their originals in good actions, I cannot do less than make known my acknowledgements for the multiplied favors which Joseph Yznardy Joven (who is my Son) has received from Your Excellency, and more especially, for the very great one of having given him the appointment of Consul of your Republic in the Port of Cadiz and its dependencies. That he may not forfeit the good opinion that he has deserved from the Senate and Congress, I shall give him on my part all the necessary assistance in this respect;1 as in effect, I shall relinquish the conveniences of my House; and the satisfaction that my fortune and family afford me, for two years, to place myself at his side, and with serious reflections, and my advice direct his conduct and proceedings in the discharge of his Duty. His Youth may be the cause of some emulation in him;2 besides it will be a great satisfaction to me to direct his conduct. Your Excellency will deign to believe that the advice and necessary aid requisite for the protection of the Commerce of those States shall not be wanting as long as my said Son shall continue in the Office, to whom I pray, Your Excellency, to continue your favor and Protection, assuring you that my actions will correspond with my offers. I have the honor of tendering my services to Your Excellency with all respect, praying God to lengthen your important Life for many years. Most Excellent Sir I Kiss Your Excellency’s hands, Your humble Servant

Joseph Yznardi3

L (translation), DLC:GW; LS (in Spanish), DLC:GW.

1For the appointment of Joseph Yznardi, Jr., see GW to U.S. Senate, 19 Feb. 1793. The translator failed to render “Joven” into “junior.” The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on 20 Feb. 1793 (Senate Executive Journal description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends , 130–31).

2A better rendering of the phrase “puedan ser causa de alguna emulacion” would be: “could be the cause of some envy.”

3The signature on the LS reads: “Josef Yznardi.”

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