George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Juan de Miralles, 15 March 1780

Philadelphia 15 de Marzo de 1780

My Dear General

Haviendo regresado ultimamente á este Rio una embarcacion que havia despachado a la Havana pa. conducir mis cartas a aquel Governador y a mi familia (que salio de aquel Puerto el 29 de Diciembre y los malos Tiempos han retardado su llegada) me han embiado algunos efectos que no produce este Pais sin embargo de su fertilidad, y qe por esta causa pueden merecer su aceptacion, cuia razon me anima á embiar al Coronel Mitchel un Caxoncito con 18 botellas de Agua de Limon, otro de Pasas, y otro con 26 Paquetes de chocolate con azucar, y una Jarra de Almendras, todo con la marca G.W. para que en primera ocasion de wagon cubierto continental lo remita a ud á quien suplico se sirva hacerme la honrra de admitir para Sy, el Agua de Limon, y de presentar lo demas, y asi mismo mi mas reverente respecto a la Sra Mi Sra Washington con ruego de tener la bondad de admitirlo como una sencilla demostracion de mi Reconocimiento á las distinciones que devo á su Politica. Tributo Igualmente el mismo á las que me prodiga ud a cuio arbitro me ofresco con la mexor voluntad y Pido a Ntr Sor. Gue Su Importma Persona los mas ms. as. qe. deseo. Exmo Sor BLM de V. EXA. su mas atento recondos

Juan De Miralles

Translation

Philadelphia March 15th 1780

My Dear General

Having come back from the Havannah in to this River, a Vessell which I dispatch’d for that Port to carry my Letters to the Governor and my family (which sail’d from that Port the 29th December, and the bad weathers have retarded it’s arrival) they have sent me some fruits which notwithstanding its fertility, this Country does not produce, and only for this cause may merit their Acceptance, which motive induces me to send to Colo. Mitchell a Small Box with 18 Bottles of Lemon Use, another with Raisins and another with 26 Cakes Chocolate with Sugar and a Jarr Almonds, all Mark’d G.W. to be sent to your Excy by the first cubered Continental Waggon to whom I pray to do me the honor of it’s admision, the Lemon Use for your Excy and the rest likewise accompanied with my most reverent respects to Mrs Washington praying to have the goodness of its admision as a Small demonstracion of mi acknowledgement to the distinctions I owe to her Politness.

I also tribute the Same to those which your Excy prodige, to whose arbitre I offer myself with the best of Wills and I pray our Lord to preserve your Excy’s most important Person the many years I wish for. Dear Genl Your Excy most Obedt and most Hble Servt

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