Papers of John Adams, volume 14

From Philip Mazzei

From Lady Juliana Fermor Penn

From Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje, [ca. 23 December 1782] Staphorst, Nicolaas & Jacob van (business) Willink, Wilhem & Jan (business) La Lande & Fynje, de (business) Adams, John
From Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje
Sir [ca. 23 December 1782]1

Being without any of your favours, we take the liberty to addres you these few lines, on occasion that we are informed by Mr. Grand, that Mr. Morris has again furnish'd some drafts on him, to the amount of about £400,000— tourns., for which Mr. Grand desires our remittances.2

We did not receive from Mr. Morris any information nor disposition about those drafts. however it seems to us very possible, that it may be the same, which he intended to draw upon us, and that this alteration may be occasioned by a demand for bills on Paris, and perhaps the Cours of change is not quite regulated upon Holland. We suppose your Excellency will know better than we, how far our suppositions are founded. And since you informed us that it was your intention not to charge your self with the direction of this business, we take however the liberty to ask your Excellencys advice in a matter of so much importance, in which we should wish to have proper directions. But since we know you don't chuse to give them, we will act in consequence of what your Excellency will be pleased to advise us as a private Man. And therefore we beg to favour us with an answer upon this letter.

Mr. Dumas has made some small additions to the note he furnished before, of the Expences at the house of the united states, which now amount to ƒ 1838:14:— Currt. & which we've paid, and charged upon the Account of said states.3

We hope that the general Peace will soon be concluded, and after that the Loan in our hands entirely subscribed, for which purpose we will continue our endeavours. We beg to give us intelligence of 148that desired work, when it happens, and have the honour to be most sincerely / of Your Excellency / The most humble & obedt. Servts.

Wilhem & Jan Willink Nics. & Jacob van Staphorst. de la Lande & fÿnje

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “to his Excellency John Adams Esqr. / Paris.” Filmed at [post 12 Dec.].


This date is derived from the consortium's assertion in the next-to-last paragraph that it had reimbursed Dumas for his expenditures on the legation at The Hague. It did so on 23 Dec. (DNA:RG 39, Foreign Ledgers, Public Agents in Europe, 1776–1787, Microfilm, Reel 1, f. 80).


The consortium is referring to a letter from Ferdinand Grand, probably written on or about 15 Dec., for which see Henry Grand's letter to JA of that date and JA's reply of the 19th, both above.


For Dumas’ expenditures on the U.S. legation, see his letters to the consortium of 9, 14, and 18 Dec. (Nationaal Archief:Dumas Papers, Microfilm, Reel 1, f. 475, 476).