Papers of John Adams, volume 16

To Samuel Adams

From the Marquis de Lafayette

Thomas Barclay to John Adams, 25 June 1784 Barclay, Thomas Adams, John
From Thomas Barclay
Dear Sir Paris 25th. June 1784—

I received your letter by the Post and Express almost at the same time.1 Your things went away last Night at Eleven o’Clock, and Inclosed I send you an Account of them.2 It shou’d have gone by the Express but it was Very late before the affair was finish’d, and he will shew you a Duplicate of it— I Packed your Two Trunks Myself, and if they do not meet with any Interuption at the Barriers they will Pass to you I Expect in good order which I shall be glad to hear.—

I Received with the Bills of Exchange a List of—169 Bills amounting to ƒ.186472 which you mention to have received from Mess: Fezeaux some time ago. But of the other Bills which Accompanied them viz 375 amounting to ƒ . 290780 2/3d— there was No list, Therefore I send you a General Receipt for the whole viz—544 Bills of Exchange amount 477252 2/3 Florins—Say Five hundred and forty four Bills amount Four Hundred and seventy seven thousand, two hundred fifty two and two thirds Florins—which agrees with the Contents of your letter, and with the Vouchers—

I have furnishd the Superintendent of Finance with the Account by way of England,3 and if you Incline to have Receipts in any other Form from what I send, let Me know and your Directions shall be Only Complied with, I shall answer the other parts of your letter Very soon, and Remain with great Respect and Esteem / Dear Sir / Your Obed & Very / Hum. Serv

Thos Barclay

I shall send you the Receipt Next Post. the post for this day is Just going—4

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency / John Adams Esqr. / Hague”; endorsed: “Mr Barclay / 25. June 1784.”


JA’s letter by post was that of 11 June, above. For the express, which carried JA’s letter of 28 May as well as the bills of exchange, see the 11 June letter and Jan Willink’s of 10 June, above.


The enclosed inventory of JA’s effects sent off by Barclay has not been found.


For the “Account” that Barclay sent to 250 Robert Morris, see his account of bills of exchange drawn on John Adams and Henry Laurens, 22 June, above.


The postscript was written vertically in the left margin.