Papers of John Adams, volume 16

From Timothy Pickering

From J. F. Rosart & Co.

93 Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje to John Adams, 19 March 1784 Willink, Van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje Adams, John
From Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje
Sir Amsterdam 19 March 178[4]

We have the pleasure to advice your Excellency that the Loan is So far advanced, that all the drafts will be payed, and we hope in course of time to compleat the whole sum of 2 millions.

Mrs. de Neufville & Son have applyed to us for the payment of coupons of the loan opened at their House formerly consisting in

7 coupons of Septr. 1782 at ƒ25 ƒ175 —
7  dito March 1783  175 —
ƒ350: —
postage of letters    4:10
ƒ354:10 —

they had payed in that time, we take the liberty to desire your Excellency to inform us, if we have to pay the same to be charged to the acct of the United States of America.1

We have the honour to remain with great esteem / Sir / Your Excellency’s most / Humb & Obedt: Servants

Wilhem & Jan Willink Nichs. & Jacob van Staphorst de la Lande & fynje

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “To his Excellency John Adams / Esqr. Hague.” Some loss of text due to a torn manuscript.


In 1781 JA sought to raise a loan for 1 million florins through the Amsterdam banking firm of Jean de Neufville & Fils. He later remembered it as an “unfortunate Enterprize,” but it was actually an abject failure. Only seven out of the thousand obligations were ever taken up by investors, and three of those were held by Jean Luzac, editor of the Gazette de Leyde (vol. 11:101–102, 159–160, 195; 13:93; 14:291).