Philadelphia Octr 20th 1780
On the 16th Inst. I had the great and distinguish’d honor, to receive the Letter which your Excellency’s Generous goodness was so kind as to write me, in answer to both my Letters of the 19th June and 30th Septr Last; by which I observe, your Excellency had not given punctual answer, on Account of the motions and occupations of the Army under your Excellency’s Command; I also observe your Excellency had received those which I inclos’d from the Governor of Havana, as also your Excellency desire me to express by first opportunity to the said Governor, your Excellency’s most gratefull thanks for the distinguishd favors with which that Gentn treats your Excellency, and at the same time, to send the Letter for the Lady of our most esteem’d Deceas’d friend Mr Miralles.
I perceive that the Intelligencys I gave your Excellency are the most Interesting, and received with the greatest pleasure, the more so because your Excellency wish Success to attend the Glorious Arms of the King my Master, by the great benefits, which are so proper to the good Issue of the Common Cause, and those which may result in favor of the United States, of all which your Excellency offer me your Powerfull Protection, which favor will enable me to fulfill the View I aim at, and to Show the goodness, your Exellency commence by acquainting me of the knowledge acquired of the movements of the Enemys in New York, notwithstanding the particulars of their design had not come to hand, which your Excellency is so good as to promise me as soon as received.
The particular Business of my Commission being to give Advises and Intelligences to the Governor of Havana, of the motions of the Enemy[,] to direct his operations according, against the Possetions which they have in the Southern parts of this Continent: I think that those your Excellency has been so kind as to impart to me are of such Nature, that it appears to me unavoidable to Impart them with the greatest Speed to the Governor of Havana, for which reason, I have a Vessell ready to go directly to that Port, with the only View of Carrying my Letters to the said Governor and Captain General, which Vessell, will still remain here three or four days Longer, with the object of hearing of the Sailing of said Embarkation and all its particulars.
The Expressions Your Excellency is so kind as to order me to present with to the above Gentln and the Sending of the Letter to Mrs Miralles, I have punctually obeyd by the present Opportunity; And wishing to receive Your Excellency’s most agreable Commands and to reward so many distinguish’d kindness which Your Excellency’s goodness, has dispenced me with; I remain with the greatest respect: Your Excellency’s most Obedient and Most humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.