Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
[dateline] Amsterdam August 1st. 1781
Upon my Arrival here I found your Letter of the 30th. of June. Copy of which had been
sent along to me by Mr. Thaxter to Paris, but by some unaccountable means sent back
without being delivered to me.
Many Bills had been presented in my Absence, and at first I was at a loss whether
to accept them, until further Advice from You. But considering they had lain here
near a Month, and that detaining them longer unaccepted would occasion some disagreable
Speculation here, and observing by your Letter, that the stopping of the Specie in
Holland was the Condition upon which You meant to pay them, I have ventured to accept
them all. Inclosed is a List of all the Bills hitherto accepted since the former list
transmitted to You.1
Inclosed is also another Number of the Politique Hollandais.
The Ship is not yet sailed, but We are now told She is to sail in a few days, which
at least I hope will prove true.2
I have the Honor to be, your Excellency's most obedient humble Servant.