From John Adams
LS:3 American Philosophical Society; copy: Massachusetts Historical Society
Amsterdam Novr. 24th. 1780.
The Letter which your Excellency did me the Honour to write me on the thirteenth4 is recieved, and I have accordingly accepted the Bills,5 and shall draw upon your Excellency about the Time they become payable, for Money, to enable me to discharge them, provided I should not succeed in my Endeavours to borrow it here.
I have hitherto no prospect at all. When I first arrived here, I had such Informations as made me believe that a Sum of Money might be had, upon the Credit of the United States: but the News from Carolina6 and New York7 and the West Indies, but above all the Affair of the Burgomasters and Sir Joseph Yorke’s Memorial have struck a Panic which must have Time to wear off. At present I meet with only one Gentleman8 who thinks any thing can be done, and I fear that he decieves himself.
His Excellency Dr. Franklin
Notation: J. Adams Nov. 24. 1780
3. In the hand of JA’s secretary, John Thaxter, Jr. The copy is in JA’s hand.
4. XXXIII, 518.
5. With a value of 16,220 f.: Adams Papers, X, 369n.
6. The American defeat at Camden on Aug. 16 was reported in the Oct. 17 issue of the Gaz. de Leyde. On Oct. 24 the chevalier de Kéralio wrote WTF for information about the battle. British accounts of it had already appeared, such as one in the Gaz. de Cologne. APS.
7. The news of Benedict Arnold’s defection to the British.
8. Jean de Neufville: Adams Papers, X, 369n.