To George Washington
July 8. 1794
From communications with the Secretary of State, in your absence, it would appear expedient to place the powers in Holland for making a Loan for the purpose of the Algierine negotiation1 earlier than may be practicable, if the Minister Resident there2 is to be the agent. Under this view of the subject, I request your instruction whether the power shall be sent to our Commissioners at Amsterdam instead of that Minister as has been contemplated.3
With the most perfect respect, &c.
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. See Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard to H, November 18, 1793, note 2; Thomas Jefferson to H, December 12, 1793. For the proposed loan, see Washington to H, May 24, 29, June 7, 1794; H to Washington, May 27, June 4, 10, 1794; Edmund Randolph to H, June 24, 28, July 1, 1794; H to Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard, July 7, 1794.
2. John Quincy Adams.
3. H had previously prepared a commission to the Amsterdam bankers. See H to Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard, July 7, 1794.