Adams Papers

Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje to John Adams, 27 September 1784

From Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob
van Staphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje

Amsterdam 27th. Sept. 1784


We are favoured with your Excellency’s esteemed favour of the 16th. Instant, Nothwithstanding four Vessells arrived from America last week, we remain Still without any writings of Mr. Morris, We are of your opinion bussiness of greater Consequence is the Cause of his Silence, but it Should not be less agreable to have his approbation on our behaviour. Your directions about the lottery of premiums Shall be duly observed and you may rely on our punctuality to advise Mr. Morris of it.

Our friends Messrs. Van den Yver freres & Co. having transmitted us your receipt for £[livre tournois]4800.— they have paid you in 200 Louis d’ors1 we charge your account for the same after addition of their Comñ with Curry. ƒ 2287.2.— as noted at foot, which please to note in Conformity,— We remain very respectfully. / Sir. / Yr: Exy’s: most obed̃. Serṽ.

Wilhem & Jan Willink
Nics. & Jacob van Staphorst.
de la Lande & Fynje

£[livre tournois]4800: —
″      48: —  1 PC: Comm. at Paris
£[livre tournois]4848: —  a 54 1/2 SC . . . . . Bo. ƒ 2201:16: —
Agio 3 7/8 PC:— ″   85: 6: —
ƒ 2287: 2: —

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

1JA kept a list of orders drawn on the Paris banking firm of Van den Yver Frères for personal and family expenses from Sept. 1784 through May 1785. He drew the first order that appears there for 4,800 livres tournois on 10 Sept. 1784 (JA, D&A, description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 3:171–172). Here and elsewhere, where the consortium used the pound sign to indicate livres tournois, the editors have followed it with the livre tournois symbol (livre tournois) in brackets.

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