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To James Madison from George William Erving, 21 February 1806

[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.

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