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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0049

Author: Grand, Ferdinand
Author: Grand, Henry
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-11-23

From Ferdinand and Henry Grand

[salute] sir

Permitt me to congratulate you on your present enjoyment of the freedom of Amsterdam, as also on the habit your good Countrymen Seem to get into of never taking less than an Army at one stroke. I referr for all that relates your victories in America to my last of Novr. 21st.
I now come to the examination of your Account which for your own facility I herewith return you. The Total of my credit, by the
I now come to the examination of your Account which for your own facility I herewith return you. The Total of my credit, by the same is   115900.   3.   10  
from which deducting Mr. Bondfields Bill, which you ordered me to pay after I had given in my Account   390.   12    
        L 115509.   11s.   10  
to which adding the 12s. you creditted me less, in the £200 str paid you the 28th. of feby by Fizeaux Grand & ce.     12s    
& likewise the following Articles you ommitted giving me credit for vizt.
1780 feby 29th. your order to give fr. Dana Esqr. credit for  
6857.   3s    
Decr. 14th. The charges to your Madeira Wine   89.   4s    
        L 122456.   10.   10  
to which you’ll please also to add, to coincide with me   34.   10.    
altho you have already been debitted for the same in a former Account: as I shall make it good to you in a fresh one, it is all the same, except for the arrangemt. of my Books        
carried over   122491.     10  
Brought forward   L 122491.     10  
The total sum of my Debit, by you is   L 124801.   9.   9        
to which you must add   247.   7.   1        
to get up to L2658.16.10 which Mr. Dana desired me to credit you for instead of L2411. 9. 9 you only debit me of              
  L 125048.   16.   10        
Ballance due to you   2557.   16    
        125048.   16.   10  
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  Dr.   Cr.  
Brought forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   L 122491.  10  
The total sum of my Debit, by you is   L 124801. 9. 9    
to which you must add . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    247. 7. 1    
to get up to L2658.16.10 which Mr.      
Dana desired me to credit you for instead      
of L2411. 9. 9 you only debit me of      
  L 125048.16.10    
Ballance due to you  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    2557.16  
  125048.16.10  
I repeat I shall charge you in a fresh Account for J. Bondfields Bill for L 390.12. and give you credit for lt34.10s. charged in two different Accounts, by which means I suppose we shall stand perfectly right.

[salute] I am with due Respect sir Your most obedient & most humble servt.

[signed] F. M. Grand
[signed] Hy. Grand

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0050

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: La Vauguyon, Paul François de Quélen de Stuer de Causade, Duc de
Date: 1781-11-24

To the Duc de La Vauguyon with a Letterbook Memorandum

Mr Adams presents his most respectfull Compliments to his Excellency, the Duke de la Vauguion, and begs leave to acquaint him, that by the last nights Post he received from Congress Some important Dispatches which it is his Duty to communicate to the Ambassador of France.1 Mr Adams requests his Excellency, to inform him, what Hour will be most convenient for him to wait on him at the Arms of Amsterdam. Meantime he most Sincerely congratulates his Excellency, on the glorious News from America, by the Duke de Lauzun, of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis with his whole Army, to the Arms of the allies.

memorandum

This Card I Sent by my Secretary Mr Thaxter. The Duke returned for answer, that he would call upon me at my House, between Twelve and one, to congratulate me, on the News from America. Accordingly about one, he came and Spent with me, an hour and an { 82 } half. I communicated to him my fresh Instructions and agreed to Send him a Copy of them tomorrow, or next day by the Post Waggon Charriot de Poste. He Said he had not received any Instructions from Versailles, upon the Subject, but might receive Some by next Tuesdays Poste. He asked me what Step I proposed to take in Consequence of these Instructions? I answered none, but with his Participation and approbation. That I would be always ready to attend him, at the Hague or elsewhere, for the purpose of the most candid and confidential Consultations, &c. He Said that he thought that the Subject was very well Seen (tres bien vû) and the measure very well concerted (tres bien combiné), and that it would have a good Effect at this time, to counteract the Artifice of the British Ministry, in agreeing to the Mediation of Russia, for a Seperate Peace with this Republick.
1. The dispatches included JA’s commission and instructions of 16 Aug. authorizing him to enter into a tripartite alliance with France and the Netherlands or a quadruple alliance if Spain could be convinced to join them (vol. 11:453–456).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.
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