Amsterdam 9 Nov: 1787
His Excelly. Jefferson Esqr. has applyed to us, to honor his drafts monthly for abt. 5000 £ and advised, that your Excelly should authorize us, if we desired it, and he has alreddy drawn [. . .] ƒ5492.14 whch: we in consequence have payed & accepted, since we have not the least orders from the Board of Treasury, & the Sum can amount in Course to Something considerable, we pray your Excelly, to give us directions for our responsability in this respect to the board of Treasury.
We have the honor to be with great esteem / Sir / Your Excellencie’s Most / Obedient & Humb Servants
Wilhem & Jan Willink
Nic. & Jacob van Staphorst
MHi: Adams Papers.