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From John Adams to the Board of Treasury, 19 May 1786

To the Board of Treasury

London May 19th. 1786—

Gentlemen—

Yesterday I received the Letter, you did me the honor to write on the 6th. of April, and to day, your Letter to messrs. Willinks & Co. inclosing a Bill of exchange was forwarded by Post— As mr. Barclay and Mr. Lamb are sett out upon their travels, and we know that the former is arrived at algiers, and the Latter has passed Madrid on his Way to Morocco it is not in my Power to withhold the Money appropriated for that Service. I have already accepted Bills of theirs some of which have been paid, to a considerable amount, and must accept others as they are presented to me. yet I hope there will be no deficiency before the month of August when the further Remittances proposed by you to be sent shall arive. If New York should concur, with the other twelve States in granting to Congress the Impost it may be expected that Remittances may be made for discharging the Interest and part of the principal for the Year 1787. with less difficulty. it is, nevertheless difficult to comprehend how we shall find the means of discharging all the Demands for money, that will rise up in Europe in the Course of this and the next year— with great respect & Esteem I have the honor to be Gentlemen Yours &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: “The honourable / The Commissioners / of the Board of Treasury”; APM Reel 113.

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