The Hague December 9. 1796.
I received at Amsterdam on the 5th instt the Letter which you did me the honour to write me on the 12th of September, and immediately made enquiries to ascertain whether there was at Amsterdam a person by the name of Sollingen. I could trace no such person, but am informed that Sollingen near Dusseldorf in Germany is a place where there are noted manufactures of arms and sword-cutlery. I have therefore written to an eminent manufacturer of that place in order to discover the maker of the sword concerning which you are pleased to favour me with your commands. I shall take the earliest possible opportunity to write you, Sir, the result of my enquiries. I have the honour to be with every Sentiment of veneration and attachment Sir, your very humble & obedient Servant
John Q. Adams
NjP: Straus Autograph Collection.