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From John Adams to Wilhem & Jan Willink and Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, 18 December 1786

To Wilhem & Jan Willink and Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst

Grosvr. square Decr. 18. 1786

Gentn:

I have this moment the honor of your Letter the 12th. of Decr. I am not able to say what orders Congress may give about the farther disposition of the remaining part of the 80.000 Dollars but I am of your opinion that the Treasury board directed the payment of the premiums in new Bonds from an apprehension they should not be able to provide timely for the february interest, I know of no probabilty of a further draught for the purpose of treating with the Barbary Powers. to any considerable ammount before next spring and therefore I must venture to approve of your proposal to appropriate, a part of it to the payment of the premiums, being fully of your opinion, that such a measure will have benificial Consequences on the Credit of America

I am &c

J. A.

LbC in WSS’s hand (Adams Papers description begins Manuscripts and other materials, 1639–1889, in the Adams Manuscript Trust collection given to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1956 and enlarged by a few additions of family papers since then. Citations in the present edition are simply by date of the original document if the original is in the main chronological series of the Papers and therefore readily found in the microfilm edition of the Adams Papers (APM). description ends ); internal address: “Messrs. Willinks / & / Van staphorsts”; APM Reel 113.

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