Papers of John Adams, volume 17

From Tristram Dalton

To Thomas Jefferson

To De la Lande & Fynje, 24 July 1785 Adams, John La Lande & Fynje, de (business)
To De la Lande & Fynje
Gentlemen Grosvenor Square Westminster July 24 1785

I have recd your Letter and Sincerely Sympathize with you under your Misfortunes. I have transmitted your Letter to N. York and had before written to the Treasury Board, as much in your Favour, as 266you could reasonably desire:1 but it has been Since hinted in Conversation here that you have entered into some Covenant with an House here to the partial Advantage of that House and its Connections here and elsewhere. If this is true, you must be sensible that nobody can justify it, and if it is to the partial Disadvantage of the United states, I Should be in my Situation the last Man in the World to approve of it, or connive at it.— I Sincerely hope it is a false Report. But I think you should furnish your late Colleagues Messieurs Willinks and Van staphorsts with a Copy of your Arrangements with Mr Geyer and any other of your Connections that they may know the Truth and how to vindicate your Characters from Misrepresentations.2

I am Gentlemen with great Regard, though / with just Concern, your Fnd & humble sert

LbC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Messrs De la Lande & Fynje / Merchants Amsterdam.”; APM Reel 111.


JA refers to the firm’s letter of 1 July, above, which he enclosed with his 8 July letter to the Board of Treasury (LbC, APM Reel 111). There JA indicated his hope that the board, “on behalf of the united States will with their other creditors in America treat them with every delicacy which the interest of the united States will admit of and the situation of their affairs entitle them to expect.”


See the consortium’s letter of 29 July, below.