Papers of John Adams, volume 17

To Thomas Jefferson

From Thomas Jefferson

To Wilhem & Jan Willink and Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, 4 September 1785 Adams, John Willink, Wilhem & Jan (business) Staphorst, Nicolaas & Jacob van (business)
To Wilhem & Jan Willink and Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst
Gentlemen, Grosr: Square. 4th. Sepr: 1785.

I have recd. your letter of the 30th. of August, & will transmit your letter to the Treasury-board by Mr: Storer, who is to sail this week; but I must repeat my determination to give no Countenance to the speculations in Mr: Parker’s papers, untill you shall receive the orders of that Board.

I have recd. the inclosed letter fm. Mr: Lotter—1 I have found him so faithfull a servant that I shall certainly recommend him to the American Minister, whenever he arrives at the Hague—but I mean that all expence of every sort shall cease at the Hotel, untill the Minister arrives. I wish therefore that you wd. permit him to live in the Hotel, if he will stay without wages or any other expences, & take care of the Hotel for the rent of the part of it which he occupies; unless you have an oppo: to let it for a good rent, and think it adviseable to let it, which is not likely— It is my intention, however, to your direction, as I must throw the care of that business off my hands

I am, Gentlemen, / Yrs: &c: &c.

Will you be so good as to inform me whether Mr: A. M. Cerisier lives still in Amsterdam, & what is his address.2


LbC in Charles Storer’s hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Messrs: Wm. & Jan Willinks, & / Nicho: & Jacob Van Staphorsts”; APM Reel 111.


This is Christian Lotter’s letter of 30 [Aug.], above, to which JA replied on this date (LbC, APM Reel 111), indicating that he was satisfied with Lotter’s service and had written to the consortium concerning Lotter’s continued residence at the legation. The consortium replied to this letter on 13 Sept. (Adams Papers) to say that it would try to adjust the situation regarding Lotter and the legation to everyone’s satisfaction, but see Lotter’s letter of that date, below, which the consortium enclosed with its letter. The consortium also reported receiving a bill from the firm of Richard & Charles Puller for clearing JA’s baggage at London.


In its 13 Sept. letter the consortium indicated that Antoine Marie Cerisier was living in Leyden, probably working for Jean Luzac, editor of the Gazette de Leyde (vol. 16:56).