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Documents Relating to Pierre Laffite
cially significant and are omitted from the translation. No. 2
is Picornell's report to de Onis, which he embellished with
additional information and copied for de Apodaca. Sedella's
recommendation accompanied the despatch to de Apodaca. No.
3 is the list of contractors referred to by de Apodaca as en-
closure No. 4 in his covering despatch. Abbreviations in the
documents are written in full in the translation. The docu-
ments are in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Con-
gress, photographs from the Archivo Hist6rico Nacional, Madrid,
Secci6n de Estado, legajo 5558, expediente 12.
No. 1. Juan Ruiz de Apodaca to Francisco Vallesteros,
Havana, January 18, 1816, No. 10.
[Marginal note:] The Captain-General of the Two Floridas
gives an account of the declaration by Don Juan Picornel 
through the medium of Padre de Sedella, regarding the projects
of the rebels and other matters.
Most Excellent Sir: Having informed Your Excellency in
a separate despatch on the 6th of the present [month] about
the projects of Herrera and Toledo against the provinces of
New Spain, I now bring to Your Excellency's attention, under
[enclosure] No. 1, a copy of what the Capuchin religious, Fa-
ther Antonio Sedella, has written to me under date of Novem-
ber 28 last, and of the letter that recommends Don Juan Ma-
riano Picornel to me; and under [enclosure] No. 2, a copy
of my answer about its content which is principally that the
person who submits this information-whom I know to be a
Frenchman named Lafita [Pierre Laffite], although his name
is concealed-asks the protection of our government for his
person and property. Your Excellency will observe that I have
said that this matter does not lie within my powers [to decide
and] I would refer it to His Majesty for his royal decision. I
have sent my aforementioned reply to the Vice Consul of the
King Our Master in New Orleans for whatever uses he may
make of it and in reply to what he wrote to me about this
matter under date of November 20, of which [enclosure] No.
3 is a copy.
Since in the aforementioned letter from Picornell, this person
[Laffite] says that he knows those who have made the contracts
for provisions for the rebels, I find it advisable to send to Your
Excellency, under [enclosure] No. 4, a copy of the account of
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