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Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0064

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Hodshon, John
Date: 1782-06-13

To John Hodshon

[salute] Sir

I called the day before Yesterday at your House, but had not the good Fortune to find you at home. My Business was to pay you my Respects, and to present you my Sincere Thanks for your Kindness and Politeness to me, in assisting my Removal from Amsterdam to the Hague, and to pay you the Expence of it. But not finding you at home and being obliged to return to the Hague, I do myself the Honour to write you this Letter for the Same Purposes, and to beg the favour of you to make out the Account and I shall desire a Gentlemen to call on you to discharge it.
I have further, Sir to beg of you to accept of my Thanks for the generous <and Gentlemanlike> manner, in which you conducted in the whole affair of the Loan, especially in nobly releasing me, from my Engagements with you, if upon Enquiry I should find I could do better for the publick.1 I am very Sorry to have been the innocent occasion of giving you any disagreable feelings upon this occasion; but I found that a Party Spirit, and very disagreable altercations would have been the Consequence of persevering, and upon the whole I thought it would be better for you as well as the publick, to proceed with the Society, who now have the Loan under their direction.
But Justice and Gratitude will forever oblige me to Say, that your Conduct through the whole Affair, was that of a Man of Honour, a Gentleman and a true Friend of the United States of America.

[salute] I have the Honour to be, with great Respect and Esteem, sir your most obedient &c

1. For a complete discussion of JA's decision not to undertake the loan with Hodshon, see his letter of 26 April to Hodshon, note 1 (vol. 12:461–463).

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0065

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Willink, Wilhem & Jan (business)
Recipient: Staphorst, Nicolaas & Jacob van (business)
Recipient: La Lande & Fynje, de (business)
Date: 1782-06-13

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

[salute] Gentlemen

I must beg the Favour of you, to <call on> Send to Mr De Neufville, and pay him, an Account he has against the United States, for { 120 } Services done under my Direction amounting to better than 2000 Guilders, and take his Receipt upon the Account and charge it in your Books to the United States of America. He has also <a Small> an Account against me in my private Capacity, to which should be added the Expence of two frames for Portraits, one of General Washington and one of my son. This I beg you to discharge and place it, to my private Account. I am indebted also for half a Years Rent, of my House in Amsterdam, and as I had hired it for another Year, I am afraid it is not let for so much as I contracted to give. I would beg the favour of you, Gentlemen to compound this matter with the owners of the House, pay the Money and charge it to my private Account.
I am also indebted to Mr John Hodshon, for assisting me, with Boats, Workmen, and accommodations in my Removal from Amsterdam to the Hague, I must beg the favour of you to discharge that Account also, and place it to my private Account. I hope you will excuse me, for desiring to give you this Trouble, with my private affairs, but the publick service would not admit of my Staying long enough in Amsterdam to arrange them myself.

[salute] I have the Honour to be

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