Hendrik Bicker to John Adams: A Translation
Amsterdam, 11 November 17801
The brokers Ten Kate, had free entry at my house when I was in business. I think them capable, but I found them so liable to influence through their own interests that I never could close with them. As to Mr. van Vlooten, I think his residence is at Utrecht, and that he has fair opportunities of placing the money of citizens of that Province, who are not, however, capitalists enough to set in motion the negotiation in question.
I have the honor to be, with much esteem, sir, your very humble and obedient servant,
RC (Adams Papers).
1. Bicker is replying to JA’s letter of 10 Nov. (Dft, Adams Papers) informing him of Daniël Jan Bouwens’ refusal to act on JA’s behalf and requesting his opinion of brokers Ten Kate and van Vlooten recommended by Bouwens or his clerk to serve in place of Hendrik van Blomberg. See also JA to Daniël Jan Bouwens, 7 Nov., descriptive note (above).