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Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0076

Author: Willink, Wilhem & Jan (business)
Author: Staphorst, Nicolaas & Jacob van (business)
Author: La Lande & Fynje, de (business)
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-06-21

From Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje

[salute] Sir

In consequence of what Messrs. Van Staphorst had the honor of writing you yesterday, we've had a meeting last evening about our common business, and have now the honour to advise your Excellency in answer to your respected favor of the 13th. Instt. that agreable to your order we have apply'd to young Mr. De Neufville to have the exact Amount of his Account against the United States for Services done under your direction, which you only mention to be upwards of Two thousand Guilders. Mr. De Neufville however seem'd not to have expected that question and told us that he got no orders from your Excellency therabout. That his House had Sent the Account,1 consequently that the exact Amount thereof was known to your Excellency and that he therefore was waiting your orders, where he could of course receive the payment for. We do easily conceive that it cann't be agreable to that Gentleman, that we made him Such a question, and take therefore the liberty to desire your Excellency, that you'll be so kind as to draw a Bill on us for the Amount in favor of Messrs. De Neufville and remit the Same to them, by which means all difficulties and uneasiness can be prevented.
We do presume that the Same case, if not worse, will exist with Mr. Hodshon and beg therefore leave to propose to your Excellency, that you'll be so obliging as to write to him, desiring to send the Account of his expences and afterwards to furnish him in the Same manner with a Draft on us.2
As to the rente of your House we have not been able to get the { 131 } proper Informations thereabout as yet, but shall have the honour of writing you fully thereabout with our next.
In the meantime you'll greatly oblige us by returning the Thousand Bonds as soon as possible,3 and to believe us always with the utmost Consideration and respect Sir! Your most obedt. & very humble Servants
[signed] Wilhem & Jan Willink
[signed] Nichs. & Jacob van Staphorst
[signed] de la Lande & fynje
We are desired by a friend of ours to remit you the inclosed letter to his Excellency General Washington4 and to beg the favor of you to forward it amongst your dispatches to America, by which you'll greatly oblige Sir! Yr. most humble Servts
[signed] N. & J. Van Staphorst
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Messrs Willinks & others 21 June 1782.”
1. See de Neufville & Fils to JA , 14 June, above.
2. No letter from JA to Hodshon concerning his account has been found, but see JA 's letter of 10 July to Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje, below.
3. On 20 June (Adams Papers), Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst wrote to JA to acknowledge his first and second two letters of 13 June to Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje (above) and enclosed a thousand bonds for his signature. In a letter of 22 June to the consortium ( LbC , Adams Papers), JA returned the bonds and requested more as soon as possible. On the 24th (Adams Papers), the consortium acknowledged JA 's letter of 22 June and promised to send another thousand bonds in a few days.
4. This letter has not been identified, and the editors of Washington's papers have been unable to locate any letter for this period that would seem to fit the description provided by the Van Staphorsts.

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0077

Author: Gannan, B., & Zoon (business)
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-06-26

From B. Gannan & Zoon

[salute] Sir

Desirous and ambitious of rendering ourselves usefull and agreeable in any mode, tending to for cause, which our best wishes has ever acompanied; we beg leave with due submission, to inform your Excellency, that we are now fitting out here, under Imperial colours for Philadelphia, a Cutter, known for one of the fastest sailing Vessells built in England, burthen 280. tons, mounting 18. guns and sixty odd men, to be ready for sea in the course of some days: should she prove agreeable to your Excellency for the purpose of conveying dispatches, goods or other effects, we will pledge ourselves for the principles of the captain in whom every trust may be confided.
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Our name as residents at Dunkirk, is well known at Versailles in the Bureau of marine, equally so to many american Gentlemen, among them, Mr. Nisbett1 of L'orient, who was lately in these parts.
This same vessell came lately from Philadelphia to this port in seventeen days fully loaded with tobacco, shipp'd by Messrs. Saml. Inglis & Co. of former place. The captain is born English and naturalised Imperial; many of his men are also British, but burghers of this country, they were all very favourably receiv'd, at Philadelphia still the captain seems to intimate a wish of possessing a protection from the ministers of the united states (in Europe) as a guarantee to his safety at his arrival, lest as himself and major of his crew, born Englishmen, should be conducive to some obstacle or trouble.
Under this consideration, we crave your Excellency's support, and request that it would be so favourable as to ordain any such protection to this vessel, as your Excellency shall judge necessary2—she is call'd the Maarstrand, capt. henry Cook.
We have a quantity of prize goods, such as lead, tin, Iron &c. bought at Dunkirk, we make no doubt that the same tho' English manufactory or make, may be imported into america free and without dangers; any advices, your Excellency will be gracious enough to give us thereon, we will most gratifully acknowledge.
We have the honor to he with profound respect & much at yr command, Sir, Your most Humble & obedient Servants
[signed] B Gannan & Zoon
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed by John Thaxter: “Messs. B. Gannan & Son 26th. June 1782.”
1. The banker Jonathan Nesbitt, who dined with JA in May 1779 and JQA in May 1785 (vol. 6:31; JA, D&A , 2:370; JQA, Diary , 1:271).
2. No reply by JA to this letter has been found, and there is no indication that he provided the requested protection or used the Marstrand to carry dispatches to the United States. The firm had written a very similar letter to Benjamin Franklin on 25 June, to which Franklin did not respond (Franklin, Papers , 37:37).