|[De]ar Sir||Madrid Feby 21. 1806|
I have just received from [Eng]land the most afflicting intelligence[. My] beloved father is no more.
The injunctions & information which [he] gave me at parting respecting his [af]fairs make my presence there absolutely [ess]ential & I pray you to give me immedi[ate] permission to leave this. I am Dear Sir with Sincere respect & Esteem Always & very faithy your obt St
George W Erving
DNA: RG 59--DD-Diplomatic Despatches, Spain.