[dateline] Amsterdam 23rd May 1782
As Messrs. Staphorst had to send the Prospectus of the Loan, with assurance of our
respect to your Excellency, we beg Leave to refer to it.
We received this mail the following note from Cadiz—Letters from London give notice
his Excellency Mr. John. Adams, authorises the privateers of his Nation, to take portugeese
Ships, and shall likewise do it to take danish Ships.1
As we know nothing of this, we notwithstanding take the Liberty to enquire by your
Excellency abt. the truth, to be able to inform our Friend for his Large concerns
rightly abt. it, wherefore a Line for answer shall greatly oblige us.
We are told your Excellency proposed himself to come in Amsterdam, of whch. we together
Should be very glad, as your Excellency presence 'd surely accelerate, the readiness
of the required pieces.
We have the honour to be with respectfull regard. Sir Your Excellency's most Humble
and Obedient servants
[signed] Wilhem & Jan Willink