Papers of John Adams, volume 14

To James Warren

From Joshua Barney

Sir Paris, 15 December 1782

Messrs. Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje, in remitting me 400,000 livres, led me to expect a further, equivalent sum, but by a subsequent letter these hopes have faded.1 I did not believe, sir, that I should insist, so I simply explained that the absence of these funds would hinder Mr. Morris in his dealings. Indeed, I had a new account of the situation drawn up, which shows that I shall need more than 1,500,000 if I am to honor Mr. Morris’ bills known to date. This morning I took it to Mr. Franklin, whom I had informed of my needs long ago, and in consequence he is to write to Mr. Vergennes today.2 In the meantime, as we await the uncertain reply, Mr. Franklin's opinion is that you should make available to me such funds as may remain from your Dutch loan. If you agree, it would be a good idea to write a letter to this effect to the Dutch bankers, who otherwise might continue to hold on to the funds, or find some other use for them,3 and in that case I would find myself faced with the cruel alternative of either failing to meet my own commitments or those of Mr. Morris.

I pray, sir, that you will inform me of your intentions so that I can write this evening to Holland in consequence.

I am with respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant