Engraving of John Adams' residence in Amsterdam from early 1781 to early 1782, from Caspar Phillips' Het Grachtenboek
, published in Amsterdam, 1771. In contracting with the firm of Sigourney, Ingraham, & Bromfield for the house, Adams wrote, 9 April 1781
: “When I return it will be necessary for me to have an House to put my Head in and Furniture, suitable for a Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States to recieve and entertain Company and not in the Style of Sir J[oseph]
of 80,000 Guilders a Year, but however decent enough for any Character in Europe to dine in, with a Republican Citizen.” On 13 April
he added: “I wish you to be particularly carefull about the House, that it be in a good and pleasant Situation, that it be large, roomly and handsome, fit for the Hotel des Etats Unis de L'Amerique.” According to a document by which John Adams sublet the house on 19 March 1782, because he was moving to The Hague, the owner was Abraham Jacobsz. Vorsterman. See note on Diary entry of 28 February 1781
, p. 456.