. Franklin's letter of the 13th
(above) probably arrived on the 23d, for on that date
accepted bills valued at 16,220 guilders and by the end of 1780 had accepted bills
totalling 57,446 guilders. These transactions are recorded in a folio volume, containing
a full record of
's transactions for the years 1780 through 1784. Its title, in
's hand, is “An Account of Negotiations of Bills of Exchange in Holland in behalf
of the United States by John Adams,” and beside the entries for 23 Nov.
wrote “Amsterdam Nov. 23. 1780. In the Absence of Mr Laurens, and for the Honour
of the United States accepted by John Adams” (Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 192, f. 4–11).