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Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0107

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Ravekes, Gerbrand, & J. G. Thin van Keulen (business)
Date: 1782-07-10

To Gerbrand Ravekes & J. G. Thin van Keulen

[salute] Gentlemen

I received in Time, your Letter of the 29 of June, and should have answered it before, but upon Searching for the Lease, I found it has been mislayed in removing from Amsterdam, and my Secretary has been Sick and absent, So that I have not been able to find it.
I consent that Messrs Willinks, Van Staphorsts and De la Lande and Fynje, Should pay you, the f491:12s, in Addition to the Arrears of Rent, due, upon your delivering him my Lease and a Receipt. Your Lease, I will return to you as soon as I can find it, and if it should not be found, this Letter shall warrant and indemnify you, from all Demands or Damages arising from it.

[salute] I am Gentlemen your very humble servant

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0108

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Willink, Wilhem & Jan (business)
Recipient: Staphorst, Nicolaas & Jacob van (business)
Recipient: La Lande & Fynje, de (business)
Date: 1782-07-10

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

[salute] Gentlemen

I inclose you a Letter to Messrs Gerbrand Ravekes, and J. G. Thin Van Keulen,1 and request you to pay them, the Sum of f1281:12s, and take up the Lease, and a Receipt in full for half a years Rent in Arrear, and for the Loss and Expences upon the present year, arrising from their Letting the House to another with my Consent. This Sum you will please to charge to the United States of America.
I inclose you also the Account of Mr Hodshon, for Thirty Seven Florins and twelve, which I request you to send him, and charge it also to the Same Account.2
I Sent you Sometime ago, the Second Thousand of Obligations Signed by me, the Receipt of which you have not yet acknowledged. By Mr Barclay, I sent you, Three Dispatches to Congress, for their Ratification of the obligations, and two other Copies of my Letter to enable you to make up two more Similar dispatches, which will be quintuplicate.3
You will please also to acknowledge the Receipt of these, and send one of them, by one Vessell and another by another, that some { 173 } one May arrive, and We may be sure of receiving the Ratification in Time. I wish also that you would write to Congress and inform them, how much Money, they may safely draw upon you for, and by what time.4 You will be Sure not to exceed. You had better be a few hundred Thousand Guilders under, than any Thing above the Sum because there are bills every day arriving, which were drawn two years ago upon Mr Laurens, which I accept upon the Supposition that you will be able to pay them, five or Six months hence.

[salute] I have the Honour to be

1. 10 July, above.
2. See John Hodshon to JA , 4 July, above.
3. The three dispatches and two letters that Barclay carried to the consortium were copies of JA 's second letter of 5 July to Robert R. Livingston, above. The dispatches presumably included the letter with five copies of the loan contract for one million guilders in Dutch and English enclosed. Two other copies were sent with the intention that the consortium complete the dispatches by enclosing five copies of the loan contract with each before sending them off. For the consortium's transmission of the five dispatches with their letter of 11 July to Robert R. Livingston (PCC, No. 78, XIV, f. 523–526), see their reply of 11 July to JA , below.
4. Ostensibly this led to their letter of 11 July to Livingston, although they presumably would have written to Livingston without any instruction from JA .