Letter to Andrew Jackson from Mateo Gonzalez Manrique

6 November 1814

Most Excellent Sir:

              The question you ask in today's communication regarding the cannon shots fired at what you report to be a truce party surprises me, for such are only necessary between nations at war, in which state we do not find ourselves. Therefore, we could not come to believe that the detachment that approached the fort was presenting itself as such.
              The proposals that Your Excellency indicates were to have been made to me by the parliamentary are in no way acceptable. Therefore, you may abstain from similar messages, for I am determined to reject by force any attempts Your Excellency makes to effect your unfounded demand, holding you responsible for the blood that is spilled. God keep Your Excellency many years

                                                                                       Mateo Gonzz. Manrique

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