George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Francisco Rendón, 29 July 1780

Philadelphia 29 Julio de 1780.

Exmo Senor.

Senor: Por la Goletilla nombrada el Page Capitan Palmer, primer Buque por mi despachado para que conduxera al Governador de la Havana, la nota de la perdida de mi Gefe dn Juan de Miralles que hayer ha entrado en este Puerto, procedente de aquel, he recivido los Pliegos que me conduce de otro Governador, yncluiendo en ellos dos Cartas con orden de que Se las remita a ud, siendo una de ellas del citado Gefe, y otra de Madama Da Miralles quien asi mismo me encarga, su direccion lo que executo de hambas acompanadas con esta que me tomo la livertad de escribir a ud a dho efecto.

A todos los Hombres Grandes y de Generosos Corazones les hes Semivilisimamente agradables las gracias y distinciones que adquieren otros a quienes Se las proporciona las conocidas pruevas de las circunstancias que lo adornan; y Siendo ud uno de los mas escoxidos de aquellos, no obmito (aunqe cance su atension) participarle como dho Governador de la Havana ha tenido a bien elexirme para que Subsista en esta con el encargo de la misma comision que tenia conferida antes de Su muerte mi dho Gefe dn Juan de Miralles ampliandome la livertad de Seguir la Correspon[da] con mi corte y aquella Capitania General en iguales Terminos y Sin ninguna distincion que la Seguia mi antecesor: Que Siempre que lo exixan las circunstancias pueda fletar Buques para comunicar a los Governadores de las Posesiones del Rey mi Amo los avisos que interesen a la Seguridad de ellas, para precaver una invacion por el enemigo: y ultimamente me advierte aquel Exmo Senor que a concequencia de haverme elexido para dho Honrroso encargo; confia Sere Capaz de llenarlo con deseo: en cuia atension y conociendo Yo serme imposible lograrlo Sin el favor de la Proteccion de ud le Suplico Rendidamente tenga a bien contribuir a mi desempeno tomandose la pena de comunicarme quanto prevea pueda interesar al bien de la causa comun para que Yo con la mayor puntualidad lo participe a los Respectivos Governadores de las posesiones que puedan Ser amenasadas por los enemigos. Confio en la Superior bondad de ud que asentira ami Ruego atendiendo a la Felicidad General que puede producir Su concequencia.

Ofrescome a la obeda de ud con el mayor Respeto para quanto Guste mandarme Pido a Dios por la conservazn de su Impma Persona los ms. as. gc. le des Exmo Senor B. S. M.de ud Su mas atento verdro Segro Ser

Francisco Rendon

Translation

Sir

By the Schooner Page Captn Palmerr the first Vessel Sent by me to Havannah with the Dispatches for the Governor of that Place acquainting him of the Loss of my Chief Dn Juan de Miralles which Vessel came back yesterday from Said Place. I have received Packets from Said Governor inclosing in them two Letters with orders to Sent them to your Excy one of them being from Said Govor & the other from Mrs Miralles who likewise desire me to forward it; I have taken by this which I write your Excy on that purpose the Liberty of doing their desire.

To all great and Generous hearted Men its most Sencible pleasant the distinctions which others acquire by the known good Circumstances which frames them; Your Excy being one of those most distinguis’d. I dont neglect of acquainting your Excy that Said Govor of Havannah has been pleas’d to Elect me to Subsist in this Place with the Same Commission he had placed before on My Chief Dn Juan de Miralles, giving me full orders and Liberty to go on with the Correspondence to my Court and the Government of that Island, on the Same footing and without the least difference which my antecesor Carry’d on. That every time that Circumstances will require it I may Charter Vessels to acquaint to the Governors of the Possesions of the King my Master, the advises which may concern to their Security to precaution an Invation by the Enemy—and as his Excy has Elected me for Said honorable Commission he is fully persuaded I shall be able to fulfill his Wishes in which Occasion, and being Sure that without the favor of the Protection of Your Excy I shall not be able to Comply with it. I humble beg your Excy will be so good as to condescend to my good Issue taking the trouble of acquainting me with whatever your Excy may forsee can Concern the Common Cause to enable me to comunicate it with greatest punctuality to the respective Governors of the Possesions which may be warn’d by the Enemys.

I trust in your Excy’s Superiour Goodness, that will lead to my request attending to the General felicity which it’s Consequence may produce. With the greatest respect I remain, Sir Your Excy’s most Obedt and Most Humble Servt.

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