[dateline] Amsterdam Feb. 15. 1781
This Morning, the House of Botereau & Co. of this City, presented to me, Sixty Six
Bills of Exchange drawn by Congress on the 26th. day of October last, in favour of
Nathaniel Tracy, of Newbury Port, amounting to the Sum of Ten Thousand Pounds sterling,
payable at Ninety days Sight.
I was obliged to ask the favour of the House, to wait untill I could write to your
Excellency, to see if you can furnish the Funds to discharge these Bills. Without
your Warranty, they must be protested, for I have not yet obtained a Single Ducat,
nor any certain assurance of one.
I have at length fixed my Plan, and when it shall be made certain that the War with
England is to continue the Prospectus will be published and the Experiment tryed.
Some Persons think I shall get some Money. But there is no Certainty of it. If this
People should make Peace with England which they will if they can, We shall get no
Money at all. I think however that a Peace is impossible and therefore am not without
hopes of borrowing Some Money.
I must request the Honour of your Excellencys answer by the Return of Post, because
at that Time Mr. Botereau will expect an answer from me.1
With great Respect I have the Honour to be