Papers of John Adams, volume 18

To Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Barclay to the American Commissioners

To John Adams from Wilhem & Jan Willink and Nicolaas & Jacob Staphorst, 23 May 1786 Willink, Wilhem & Jan (business) Staphorst, Nicolaas & Jacob van (business) Adams, John
From Wilhem & Jan Willink and Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst
Sir. Amsterdam 23d. May 1786

We have the honor of your Excellency’s favor of 19th Instant, with a letter of the Honble: Commissioners of the Treasury Board, conveying a Remittance of ƒ144,000:–:–, as Mr. Morris is used to convey always a letter of advice with his drafts, we pray you will look among your papers for it, as messrs. Willink want the Same.1

We know of the endeavours bestowed to make Newyork concurr with the other States to grant to Congress the Impost, We are fully convinced that the Strength and wealth of the united States will yearly increase under a wise Government & raise it’s credit equal to any European power, when our people will think themselves happy to lend to your Country Millions by Millions.


We have the honor to be most respectfully / Sir / Your Excellency’s Most Humble / and Obedient Servants

Wilhem & Jan Willink Nics. & Jacob van Staphorst

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency John Adams Esqr.


There was no letter of advice from Robert Morris, since he had resigned as superintendent of finance on 1 Nov. 1784 (vol. 17:249).