Adams Papers

John Adams to Wilhem & Jan Willink and Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, 13 Dec. 1785

Grosvenor square Decr. 13. 1785—


I have now to acquaint you that on the 29 Novr. I accepted a Bill of Mr. Thos. Barclay. No. 6. (by mistake I suppose it ought to be Number 8) for 200 £ st dated Paris 24 Novr. 1785 at usance first of the sett in favour of Mr. Grand

This 13th. Day of Decr. I have accepted Two Bills of 200 £ st each drawn by Mr. Barclay dated Paris 1 Decr. 1785. at usance 1st. of the sett in favour of the order of Mr. Nicholas Darcell—these three bills ammount to 600[£] st. to be paid at the House of C. & R. Puller—these three are towards an important Purpose—

on the 1st. of December 1785 I accepted a Bill of Dr. Tufts in favour of Samuel Elliot on order, indorsed to Messrs. Harrison, Ansley & Co. for 100 [£] st at 30 Day’s sight—this is to be charged to the United states as part of my salary—

According to your Desire in your Letter of Novr. 8th. I have desired Collonel Smith since his arrival, which is only within a few Day’s, to write you, in what manner he has disposed of 400£ furnished him on account of the United States and he has wrote you accordingly—

I could not certainly have given you Notice of a Credit which I never gave, I think you must have made some mistake in your figures, I drew once for 6 or 7000 thousand Guilders for Mr. Jefferson & gave a Credit to Colo Humphry’s for 1000 [£] stg to pay for honorary swords & medals for our Generals &c But I have never given any other Credit—Mr. Jefferson may have received orders from Congress or the Navy Board to Draw, but you should have been informed of it

I mean to be very exact in advising you of all my tranactions in Money matters—I dont indeed always advise you of the Draughts I make for my own subsistance on account of my salary & little disbursements for the United states—but as this is a pretty regular thing, as you must have observed, it is the less necessary—

I have the honor to be &c &c &c


Decr. 13th. 1785 Since the foregoing was written other Bills have been presented & accepted—vizt—No. 11. from Mr. Barclay in favour of Mr. Grands order for £100 st: at usance, first of the sett dated at Paris Decr. 7th. 1785—No. 12. for 200[£] st. in all other respects like No. 11.

J. A—

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