George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Diego Joseph Navarro, 6 July 1780

Havana 6 de julio de 1780.

Exmo Sor

Muy Sor mio: son tan propias del memorable nombre de v.e. las distinciones y honras que le merecio en vida y hasta ocupar la Tierra el difunto Dn Juan de Miralles, como dignas del mayor elogio y de immortal reconocimiento a la Señora y familia del fallecido: En medio del penetrante dolor que recibio ella al saber la muerte de su amado Esposo y Padre, recibio aquella parte de consuelo de que es capaz la memoria de los fabores y honras que v.e. la dispensa: Por mi parte quedo reconocido a v.e. por quanto se sirvio distinguir a mi recomendado, cuya perdida me ha sido muy sensible, al mismo tiempo que apreciable la conducta con que supo agradecer la buena acogida, y buen nombre que debio a los habitantes de esas Colonias, con especialidad a v.e. y Sres del Congreso.

Me sera de la mayor satisfaccion que v.e. haga uso de la sincera amistad, y fina Ley que le profeso para que correspondiendo a las atentas experiencias que le merezco en su apreciable carta de 30 de abril pueda excritarme como lo deseo, en quanto fuere del servicio. y obsequio de v.e.

Dios guarde la vida de v.e. felices anos.

Sor Exmo: perdoneme v.e. no baya esta de propio puno por la mala letra, quitando a v.e. esta Incomodidad: siempre soy con la mayor atencion apasionado y Reconocido a la fine[za] de v.e. Exmo Senor [BlM] [   ] Serv.

Diego de Navarro

Translation

Havanna 6th July 1780

Most Excellent Sir

the remarkable number of honors and distinctions, conferd by your Excellency during the life, and after the decease of the late Don Juan de Miralles deserves the greatest praise, and the immortal acknowledgement of his Lady & familly, Who in the midst of the most penetrating grief, for the loss of a beloved Spouse, and an Affectionate parent, have receiv’d as much Comfort as they were Capable of, by calling to mind the many favors and honors which your Excelly has dispensed to them—for my part, I beg your Exy to accept of my thanks, for the distinction you was pleasd to pay to my recommendation. I feel his loss most Sensibly, at the Same time, that I value that conduct which has acquired the good will of many Inhabitants of these Colonies, especially that of your Excellency, and the Gentlemen of Congress.

it will give me the greatest Satisfaction, that Your Excellency will make use of the Sincere freindship & fina Ley which I offer to you, and which Corresponding with the polite expressions Containd in your much valued Letter of the 30th April, excites in me, as it shou’d do, every anxiety for the Service and obedience of your Exy.

God preserve the life of your Excellency and grant you happy years—(Amen says translator).

What follows is in the Governors own hand

I hope your Excellency will pardon me that this is not wrote in my proper hand, on account of my bad writing which woud incomode your Excellency. I allways am with the most passionate attention, and acknowledgement for Your Excellencies politeness most Excellent Sir &c &c &c

Diego Joseph Navarro

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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