From John Adams
Auteuil May. 19. 1785
Messieurs Wilhem and Jan Willink, Nicholas and Jacob Vanstaphorst and De la Lande and Fynje of Amsterdam, have lodged in the Hands of Messrs. Van den Yvers Bankers in Paris one Thousand Pounds Sterling for the Purpose of paying for certain Medals and Swords which Coll. Humphreys has orders to cause to be made for the United States. This is therefore to authorize and to request you to draw upon Messrs. Van den Yvers in favour of Coll. Humphreys, for Cash to pay for those Medals and Swords as they shall be made, not to exceed however the said sum of one Thousand Pounds Sterling.
With great esteem I have the Honour to be, dear Sir, your affectionate Colleague and most obedient Servant,
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to the Court of Versailles.”
In DLC: TJ Papers, 12: 2079 there is the following memorandum in TJ’s hand: “Nov. 16. 1785. drew for 6500 livres in favor Colo. Humphreys for 10. swords.”