[dateline] Bilbao Jany 16. 1780
We arrived here last night, all alive, but not very well having all taken, in Spight
of all the Precautions in our Power, very great Colds. Mr. Michel Martinus, our Guide
and Mr. Raymond San, and the other People with them, have done all they could, for
our Comfort, and We have been well satisfied with their Conduct.
We have concluded to dismiss them at this Place and mount on Mule back for Bayonne,
as the Distance will be lessend more than half in Point of Place and more <than> four times in point of Time.
We have had the Pleasure to find in Mr. Gardoqui and sons at this Place Friends ready
to assist Us, in all respects. This however does not lessen our Obligations to you,
for that particular Attention and Essential Assistance which you did Us the Honour
to render Us at Corunna for which I beg you to accept of my Thanks, and my assurances,
that if it should ever be in my Power to return the Obligation either in Europe or
America, I should do it with the highest satisfaction. I shall take another Opportunity
to answer more particularly your Letter to me.1
I am with great Respect and Esteem, sir your most humble and obedient servant.