2.15.2015

Letter to Andrew Jackson from Juan Pablo Anaya

New Orleans 15th. of Feb. of 1815
Sir,
     One of my chief objects in coming to this city , was to seek the surest means of forwarding an intercourse between my country and this, relative to political affairs, with a view of negotiating an intimate alliance between the two nations, an even so desireable on account of the relations which so closely unite us, and which I omit to mention, being persuaded that they are as well known to your Excellency, as to all my countrymen. But I have been detained here by a continued series of disappointments, which I forbear to mention particularly, the object of the letter I now have the honour to address to your Exy. being merely to express my gratitude for the favours and consideration I have received from you, thro' an effect of your goodness, not of any merit on my part; and as I have not yet a safe opportunity of returning home to render to my government an account of the manner in which I have discharged my commission, I take occasion, in the interim, to return to your Exy. the thanks I owe you.
     In terming disappointments the circumstances which have detained me here, I can allude only to those prior the 23d. of last December, for from that day forth, I have had the pleasure of attending your Excy. in your military functions, as an unequivocal proof that my countrymen acknowledge the relations, and espouse the interests of this country, without any machiavelian or selfish consideration; a truth of which I trust your Exy. is persuaded.
     Even tho' an ardent love for my country inclined me to think (which is not the case) that I had lost my time, I should reflect with pleasure on the maxim which says, that "Every evil happens for some good purpose." that is, that my detention has happily procured me the honour of enjoying the society and friendship of his Exy. General Jackson.
     The remembrance of your Exy. will to me be ever grateful and flattering, and painful is the idea of my taking leave of you, which will constantly cast a shade of melancholy on the recollection of your Exy's polite attentions to me. These I will never cease to mention with a grateful sense, when I speak, as I often shall do, of the valour and enthusiasm with which you defended your country against an invading enemy, and of the eminent private virtues of which I have had the honour to be an attentive spectator.  All this I will, with much pleasure, lay before the eyes of my countrymen, my companions in arms, and proclaim to the whole world, as a model and example in similar circumstances.
     Wherefore I request your Exy. to accept my thanks, so justly due, together with the assurance of the lasting benevolence of my heart; and to give me, for my honour and satisfaction, such commands as you may think proper. Praying God to preserve your Excellency many years, I have the honor to be Sir, Your Excelly.'s most affectionate servant

Juan Pablo Anaya

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