Amsterdam, 5 January, 1787
We had the honor to receive in due time your Excellency’s ever respected Favor of advising us to pay in Specie the Premiums of [6 perCt] ƒ60,000 drawn last October, at the Charge of the United-States. We shall immediately publish the same, together with the Payment of the Interest due 1 proximo on the Loan of two Millions, Which will, we trust, have the good effect upon the Credit of America Your Excellency and we promise ourselves. Such a measure is the best possible Refutation of the exaggerated Reports published with avidity by Persons, thro’ malice or Ignorance, of the confidence and Respect due to the Government of the United-States.
Your Excellency will find inclosed a Letter from Mr. Dumas, with the Report of Surveyors, of the present condition of the hotel of the United-States at the Hague. It appears to us something decisive ought to be done in this respect without delay. We therefore request your Excellency to transmit us, by the return of the Mail, your Directions on this head, Which shall be punctually followed. In waiting them, we have begged of Mr. Dumas not to incur any but the indispensable necessary expense.
We request Your Excellency and Your lady, together with Colonel and Mrs Smith, to accept our best Wishes for their Health and Happiness during the present and many succeeding years, and have the honor to be most Respectfully, / Your Excellencys / Very obedient humble / Servants
Wilhem & Jan Willink,
N. & J. Van Staphorst
DNA: Papers of the Continental Congress.