Papers of John Adams, volume 17

From Tristram Dalton

To Joseph Willard

33 From Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje, 21 April 1785 Willink, Wilhem & Jan (business) Staphorst, Nicolaas & Jacob van (business) La Lande & Fynje, de (business) Adams, John
From Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje
Sir Amsterdam the 21. April 1785.

As the Time of having inserted in Our Newspapers the payment of the Intrest of the United States is approching, and we Still deprived of Any Letters of Congress. We take the Liberty to advice yoúr Excelly. of it, not doubting but yoúr Excelly. Will find the Necessity of Having Regularly the Intrest paid when due, in Order to Maintain the Credit of the United States. and as the Money in Oúr hands Exceeds far the Sum Required for the payment of the Intrest, We must beg your Excelly. to favoúr ús with the Necessary Orders for that Purpose.1

We have the honoúr to Remain With trúe Consideration. / Sir / Your Excells. Most Obedt. / Most humble Servants.

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

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “To his Excelly. John Adams Esqr. / at Paris.”


JA approved the consortium’s plan in a letter of 28 April, with which he also sent his letter of 24 April enclosing the ratified contract for the 1784 loan (both LbC’s, APM Reel 107), for which see JA’s 24 April 1785 letter to John Jay, note 1, below. The consortium replied to both letters on or about 4 May (Adams Papers, filmed at May 1785), thanking him for the contract and indicating that it would immediately insert advertisements in the newspapers regarding the payment of interest.