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Letter signed by Timothy Pickering, Secretary of State under George Washington, to Ministers of Spain at Havana regarding American slaves hiding in Spanish Florida. Inlcudes, "Your letter on the subject of difficulties with fugitive negroes from Florida and Georgia and the insults of which you complain towards a Spanish officer require some consideration to secure the rights of foreign officers coming into the United States. Meanwhile, I enclose a copy of instructions to confer with the Governor at St. Augustine (Florida) on the subject of exchanging run away negro slaves and I flatter myself that the issue of the Conference will be mutually satisfactory. A vessel belonging to Mr. Erwin of Philadelphia has been captured by a French privateer and carried into Havana. The sole pretense of the capture was that she was coming from Jamaica, a British Island, to the United States. There is no question as to this vessel being wholly American property and the anxieties of the owners to save their vessel and cargo induces them to embrace every means they can afford to hope for relief, etc.