William Short to Wilhem and Jan Willink, Nicholaas and
Jacob Van Staphorst, and Nicholas Hubbard5
Paris May 26. 1791.
The departure of the post leaves me barely time to inform you that I have at length recieved a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury which renders it necessary that I should know the present situation of the loan opened at Amsterdam & with as much precision as you can have, the time when you think another could be set on foot there.6 I will thank you to give me the information by the return of the post & to let me know also the price of American bonds on your market. A million of florins of the late loan will be to be paid to France immediately. I will not mention it to the minister7 unless it becomes necessary until I shall have recieved your answer—if necessary however I shall not hesitate to do it as I suppose it cannot possibly be attended with inconvenience. He will of course desire it to be paid to Hogguer & Co.8 It is possible you may recieve the order before your answer. In the mean time I have the honor to be.
Messrs. W & J. Willink, Nas. & Jab. V. Staphorst & Hubbard—Amsterdam
5. AL, letterpress copy, William Short Papers, Library of Congress.
7. Comte de Montmorin, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
8. The firm of Hogguer, Grand, and Company. The partners were Paul Iwan Hogguer and George Grand.