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To John Adams from Christian Lotter, 16 December 1785

From Christian Lotter

Papestraat Hage
December 16. 1785.

May it please Your Excellencÿ!

It is with the greatest reluctance, most honorble: Sir! that Your continuing Silence, forces me to incumber You again, to weary Your patience, with Sollicitations of which Your Excellency knows too well, that they ought to be granted, because it is Salary, made by Your own agreement, and for which I have Served.1

Your Excellency will be graciously pleased, to consider that it is too hard to be a double looser, and Silently punished for a crime another has committed. besides the many insulting letters from Amsterdam, filled up with nothing but vengeance, and orders to have me and my family turned out of the hotel, or to take Such measures which would be very unpleasing to me, but this is a mistake, because it might have been turned to enlargers of bills, besides to make it a little more vexatious, have Sent to me, a Notarius publicus, with letters of immediate departure, and other emblems of disdainful wrath, whose unnecessary expeditions with those of one to translate the Inventory of Your Effects might rather have been Saved.

To the great Satisfaction of my wellwishers I have left the hotel the 28 of October, under the Inspection of Notarius Kleyn who was for that purpose employed and a wittness to whom I have delivered those things which belong to the hotel, and Such which are not mentioned in the list, resting in Your Excelys: hands.2

Your Excellency will be graciously pleased, Since my employment in Your Service has now its end, to order, that my quarter of a years Salary, with the expences I have been at for removing, might be paid to me.—

In expectation of Your Excelys: and the Ladies’s health and best welfare, with that of the two young Gentlemen, I take the liberty to Subscribe meself / Your Excellency’s / most devoted and most humble / Servant

C: Lotter.

RC (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: “To His Excely: Mr: John Adams / Grosvenor Square. Westminster.”; endorsed: “1785.”

1For Lotter’s previous appeals of 13 Sept. and 4 Oct. regarding his unpaid salary and the loan consortium’s eviction of him and his family from the U.S. legation at The Hague, see vol. 17:457–459, 497–499. Lotter attributed his difficulties to earlier disputes with Marie Dumas over the transfer of JA’s household goods to London (same, 17:165–167). No reply to this letter has been found.

2Lotter is presumably referring to the inventories of household goods at the legation compiled by John Thaxter in 1782 and by Marie Dumas in 1784 (vol. 13:25–48).

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