Papers of John Adams, volume 16

To Thomas Barclay

From Thomas Barclay

John Adams to Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje, 26 April 1784 Adams, John Willink, Van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje
To Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje
Gentlemen. The Hague April 26: 1784.

I have two favours to ask of you. 1. That you would give orders to Mr: Puller, in Broad street Buildings London to Supply a certain Lady with as much Cash, as she may have occasion for on my 176 Account upon her Receipts. This Lady is not any one, that I have seen this four or five years: but it is my Wife, of whose Arrival, in the Texel or in London, I have Reason to expect within a month or two,— 2. That you would send me, a Letter of Credit upon some Banker in Paris, where the Service of the United States, and the Orders of Congress will oblige me to go and reside Sometime.1

With Regard to the Banker, I have only to ask, that he would supply me with Gold, which the former one sometimes refused to do. and I find it very inconvenient to be embarassed with silver.

I hope, by this time the Loan is full, and am with great Esteem, / Gentlemen, / your / most obedient &c.,

LbC in JQA’s hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Messrs: Wilhem & Jan Willink / Nicholas & Jacob van Staphorst / and De la Lande & Fynje.”; APM Reel 107.


In its 27 April reply (Adams Papers), the consortium indicated that it had written to the firm of Richard & Charles Puller, directing it to provide AA with money upon her arrival, and enclosed a letter of credit for JA drawn on the Paris banking firm of Van den Yver, Frères & Co. (not found). The consortium also indicated that it had sent off a letter for JA, probably his 22 April letter to the president of Congress, and that the loan was about three-quarters filled.