[dateline] Amsterdam Novr. 12 1780
I have received the Letter which you did me the Honour to write me the 12 of Novr.
It would give me great Pleasure to do any thing in my Power consistant with the duty
I owe to my Constituents to assist you. But the Advices you allude to are as great
an Obstruction to you as to me.
I have left no Measure unattempted, that Prudence could justify: but have neither
procured any Money nor obtained the least Hope of obtaining any.
I have heretofore entertained hopes of obtaining so[mething.] But these hopes are all at an End.
There are Bills of Exchange already here, that must I fear be protested, and others
on their Way that must share the Same Fate, as Mr. Franklin cannot accept them and
no one else has any Prospect.
In this Situation, I should be criminal, to comply with the request in your Letter.
Indeed, if there was Money of the United States here at my disposal, and more than
enough to answer the Bills drawn, and to be drawn, I could not justify lending it
to any particular state, without express Instructions. There are Commissioners now
in Europe from Virginia Pensilvania and the Massachusetts, who would have similar
Reasons for requesting my Aid. But a President of this sort should never be set, without
the highest Authority for it. If there could be any State for which I should hazard
such an Irregularity, it would be S. Carolina, on Account of her suffering Situation.
I have the Honour to be with great Esteem and Respect, sir your most obedient & humble