Papers of John Adams, volume 16

From Thomas Barclay

From Arthur Lee

Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje to John Adams, 10 August 1784 Willink, Van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje Adams, John
From Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje
Copy Sir Amsterdam the 10th. August 17841

We receive this morning of Mr. Lotter the honour of your esteemed favour of 3d. aug. with the key of the Small trunck, this Small trunk with a large one was brought to the house of Messrs. Willink Friday night and they will keep the same in good Custody at the disposal of your Excellency.

We also take notice you have accepted at their house Two Bills drawn by Mrs. Adams, which shall duely be paid, as messrs. Puller will do the other ones and Supply your Excellency with the monies you may want, we Shall charge all those monies at once to the Account of the United States according your order.

Messrs. Puller have paid again £157.10.— to your Excellency’s Lady Mrs. Adams, of which we pray you to take notice and will be charged by us as directed.

we Shall also pay and charge Mr. Dumas’s draft of about ƒ450.—

We have hitherto not the least answer of his Excelly. Robert Morris Esqr. Superintendant of finance about the new loan of which the Letters must already have reached him, So from your Excellency as from us. Since we know the arrival of the Vessells which carried the Same, as he has at the Same time notice, all the drafts were to be paid, we remain in expectance to learn Soon his Satisfaction about what happened

we have the pleasure of being on a good footing with the undertakers for Some hundred Thousand Guilders of the obligations in our hands, to receive in the Course of this year, as Soon as we can 294 conclude we Shall hasten ourselves to inform Robert Morris Esqr. of it, which we Suppose will be a pleasing Circumstance and Convince him of our Uninterrupted endeavour’s for the Con[cer]ns trusted to our Care.

We Shall be happy to learn your Excellency’s Safe arrivall in London and wish you, to embrace Mr. Adams2 in good health and that you may enjoy with your family every Satisfaction on your turn to Paris and meet with every Success there in Your Commission.

We have the honour to pay our best respects to Mrs. Adams and to you and to remain with great esteem / Sir / Your most obed̃: Servants

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

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency John Adams Esqr.”; endorsed: “M. Willinks / & Co Sep. 21 / ansd 1784.” Dupl (Adams Papers). Text lost where the seal was removed has been supplied from the Dupl.


The Dupl, which bears the internal address “To his Excellency John Adams Esqr / London,” was sent to JA there, but it arrived after his departure for Paris on 8 Aug. and was at some point forwarded to Paris. The copy printed here was enclosed with the consortium’s letter of 2 Sept. after it learned from JA’s letter of 25 Aug. that its letter of the 10th had not been received, both below.


The Dupl reads, “Mrs. Adams.”