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I have now to acquaint you that on the 29 Nov r. I accepted a Bill of M r. Tho s. Barclay. N o. 6. (by mistake I suppose it ought to be Number 8) for 200 £ st dated Paris 24 Nov r. 1785 at usance first of the sett in favour of M r. Grand This 13 th. Day of Dec r. I have accepted Two Bills of 200 £ st each drawn by M r. Barclay dated Paris 1 Dec
I am honoured with your Letter of the 23 d of Dec r. and remember very well my giving the Credit for a 1000 £ —It was to pay for swords medals &c for officers, which Coll. Humphries had orders from Congress & their Financier to have made—I informed you of it at the same time—I only gave the power to M r. Jefferson to draw for the Money as Humphry might want it, in order to multiply the...
On the 30 th. of Jan y. I desired Mess rs. Pullers to examine an account of M r. Baker, the Broker, and if they found it right to pay it, amounting to 49 £ ..1 S ..4 d —and charge it to you to be by you charged to the United States of America as Expences of Ministers, being the Charges on the Importation of my the remainder of my Baggage On Feb y. 1
inclosed is a Letter from the Board of Treasury, which I am to transmit to you. on the 20. Feb. I drew an order for fifty Guineas in favour of Coll Smith to bear his Expences to and from Paris, on the public Service of the United States. on march 11. I accepted a Bill of M r Barclay in favour of the order of M r Grand for one hundred Pounds Sterling at 30 days Sight. 1 st. of the sett. marked...
On the 27 of April, I accepted a Bill of John Lamb dated Barcelona, March 7. 1786. for 300 £ Ster g. at double Usance, in favour of Etienne Drouilhet & C o. Bankers or order—first of the sett—indorsed to the order of James Sutton & C o —Accepted N o. 5. dated March 8. 1786—in all other particulars like the preceeding. May 7. accepted a Bill of M r. Barclay dated Madrid April 15. 1786 for 250 £...
I have received your favour of the 5 th. of May inclosing a Duplicate of a Letter from the Commissioners of the Board of Treasury to me of the 7 th. of March, the original of this Letter is not come to hand— These Letters Surprized me very much because M r. Rucker had informed him me a fortnight ago that he had orders to pay the Interest both in Holland & France I went yesterday to his House...
The Letter in which this is inclosed, I received open yesterday—open for my Inspection—The Bill of Exchange drawn by M r. Morris for 144.000 florins, will I hope be some relief to you Our Secretary of State for foreign affairs informs me on the 7 th. of April that twelve of the States had granted the Impost New York only remained to come in—And it is not likely the Legislature of that State...
I am really very much obliged to you for your civil and friendly Letter of the 16. of this Month. and I believe I did put too Strong an interpretation on the Expressions of your former Letter—By the last post I sent you a Letter from the Board of Treasury, with a Bill of Exchange for 144.000 florins which I hope you have received—I am with great esteem Gentlemen / &c &c
I do myself the honour to inclose a Letter to you from the Board of Treasury, which I hope contains an answ r. to the Question you put to me in your last Letter— But if it unfortunately should not resolve that difficulty, you must determine it according to your own Judgement, for the best Interest and Honour of the United States—I agree with you in opinion—, that it will be best to pay the...
I am much obliged to you for the information of my little peice of good fortune—I should be much obliged to you, if you would purchase me an Obligation to the Amount of it, and send it me, by some safe hand at your Leisure,—Be pleased to present my best Respects to your Lady, and to your Brother, & his Lady, M rs. Adams & the rest of my family desire to join with me in expressing their...
I have this moment the honor of your Letter the 12 th. of Dec r. 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...
I am obliged to you for your favours of the 20th. of Feb: 2 Feb: and 23 Jan. I will send the papers you write for by the first safe private Hand, and am much obliged to you for your friendly attention— I am &c MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
I gave Mr. Jefferson a Letter of Credit for one thousand Guineas, to enable Coll. Humphries to pay for some swords & Medals which Congress had awarded to eminent Merit. Mr. Jefferson has heretofore drawn on Messrs. Vanden Gores for (6500) six thousand & five hundred french Livres to pay for the swords, & that sum was paid as you advised one in the time of it— Mr. Jefferson has lately applied...
I have received your favour of the 13th. of March with the three obligations inclosed; & I thank you for your care in the Business—inclosed is an order on the Company of Willinks & Vanstaphorsts, for five hundred & sixty five Guilders being the Ballance due to you from me on account of these obligations—with great esteem &c— MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
The Letter from the Board of Treasury of the 4. of April, in which this is inclosed, I received open, on Fryday, together with the Bills for 75,000 Guilders mentioned in it. I went immediately to Mr Ruckers House with them: but no one was at home, but a Servant, who told me, his Master and Mistress were in the country, and the Clerk not at home. On Saturday, I went again. The Clerk was then at...
Since my Letter to you this Morning, I have thought it most prudent to send you the original bills and Send Back the Protests only to the Board of Treasury.—You will consider what is best to be done. The Board of Treasury will be responsible to you, and you will please to write them the result of your reflections upon the Business. I need not say to you that these bills must again be presented...
I have this Moment, four o Clock, your Letter of the 4.—I have this forenoon Sent to the Post Office two Letters for you. The Board of Treasury have not been unmindful of you: but you will See, that I am miserably disappointed. The interest must at all Events be paid at the day, if possible. You must, I think be convinced, that before another Year, there can be no difficulty. Can a new Loan be...
In answer to yours of the 15th. I have only to say I shall leave all to your Judgment MHi : Adams Papers.
I have this moment received your letter of the 18th. That Congress will most cheer fully allow you interest for the money, you may advance there can be no doubt. I will come to Amsterdam as soon as possible, but as I shall probably to by way of Calais, I may be a few days later than you presume, but they shall be, as few as possible. MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
On the first day of June in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, appeared before me Pieter Galenus van Hole, Notary of Amsterdam, admitted by the honorable Court of Holland.— His Excellency the honble: John Adams Esqr: Minister plenipotentiary on the part of the United States of America, &c: &c: in quality as especially empowered and authorised by the abovementioned States of...
I have the Pleasure to inform you that after an irksome Journey and Voyage, I arrived happily at this Place, on Saturday. Yesterday I recd the inclosed Duplicate from the Board of Treasury, and had the two Bills presented and protested, which are inclosed, being the Seconds of the Sett protested Sometime ago, which you have recd. I hope all is quiet with you & remain &c MHi : Adams Family...
Inclosed is a Duplicate and Triplicate of my Letter to the Secretary of State Mr. Jay, which I shall Send tomorrow by Mr. Fox who goes by the French Packett. You will be so good as to Send another English Copy of the Contract, inclosed with the Duplicate and another with the Triplicate. I hope all is well in your City and Republick, and / Remain with great Esteem Gentlemen / Your most obedient...
In Consequence of a Representation from Mr. Dumas, in his Letter to me of the 10th. of July, and also of a Representation from His Excellency Mr. Jefferson, these are to authorize you to pay Mr. Dumas his salary once in six months, according to the act of Congress of 14th. Octr. 1785. & charge it to the United States untill further orders from Congress, their Board of Treasury, or Gentlemen...
Congress on the twenty fourth of july resolved that Mr Dumas be permitted to occupy and reside in the House of the United States at the Hague, untill a Minister of the United States Shall arrive there or untill the further orders of Congress. and that Mr Adams do direct Such Repairs to be made, at the Expence of the United States to the Said House, as may be really necessary to render it...
having understood with much anxiety and Concern the unfortunate and critical situation of Public affairs in your Republick and particularly in Amsterdam, and considering the Accidents that may Happen, it has appeared to me most safe and Prudent both for the Public and for you as well as myself that the Money you have on Hand or may receive Should be lodged in the Bank of Amsterdam at least...
Please to send me the Bills on Mr. Rucker as soon as possible, that I may present them for Payment at the day & have them protested if not paid. Yours MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
I have received the Letter, you did me the honor to write me, on the 9th. of this month: informing me that His Excellency Mr. Jefferson has applied to you to honour his orders monthly for about five thousand Livres, and that he has already drawn B.ƒ. 5492:14, which you have accepted & paid, and desiring my directions for your Justification— As these orders of Mr: Jefferson are for the monthly...
I yesterday received from the secretary of State for the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ratification of Congress to our last loan, dated the Eleventh Day of october last. I do myself the Honour to transmit this ratification to you herewith inclosed, and I hope it will prove satisfactory I should be glad to hear from you Gentlemen of your safe receipt of it by the return of post, & in the...
I last night received your favour of the 25th. of last month—Mr. Jefferson has received lately by Commodore Jones further proceedings of Congress, which perhaps may have altered his sentiments of the propriety of paying off the 51.000 Florins to Mr. Fizeau & Co: As I apprehend Congress have made a different arrangement for that purpose—For myself, Gentlemen, I should be glad with all my heart...
Enclosed are Goryions to the amount of one thousand eight hundred florins, part due in Febry & Part in June as I shall embark with my family on the latter end of March or beginning of April. I shall not be here when the Latter become due. Let me beg the favour you toanticipate this matter so much as to send me the amount of them either in cash or in two other obligations, as you think proper—...
I have received the letter, you did the honor to write me, on the 8th. of Jan: Inst. tho dated 8. February, by mistake—I have since received another letter from Mr. Jefferson, informing me that the Creditors in Holland insist on immediate payment of the principal sum of 51,000 Guilders &c— Colonel Smith has by last post transmitted you a sealed packett from the Board of Treasury which may...
I have received your friendly letter and am much obliged to you for your kind remembrance and solicitations. I also thank you for the Trouble you have taken in sending my Books to the gentlemen of whom I gave you a list. But I wish to be informed whether you sent the three Volumes or only the first. I directed Mr: Dilly, Bookseller in the Poultry, London to send fifty Copies of each of the...
I have, by this opportunity, time only to acknowledge your several favors of the 11th, 12th, and 15th, of September, and 7th. of November, to the late Treasury Board, and of the 29th. of December to myself, and to enclose you the first of eight setts of Bills of Exchange, as per list at foot, amounting together to one hundred thousand current Guilders, towards payment of the arrears of...
Triplicates of your letter of the 25th. of January last have duly come to hand. As the success of the negotiations for the purchase of the Debt due from the United States to France would have been an unwelcome circumstance; I learn with pleasure that it had not taken place. The distinguished zeal you have in so many instances shewn for the interests of this country, intitles you upon all...
It being understood, that you have retained in your hands a sufficient sum to discharge the balance of salary, due to Mr. Jefferson, as Minister plenipotentiary at the Court of France, it has been deemed inexpedient to change the course of the thing, by paying him that balance here. He, therefore has informed me, that he will draw upon you, on that account, for three hundred and fifty pounds...
Since the date of my last letter to you, the Legislature of the United States have passed two Acts, that is to say, on the fourth and twelfth of the present month; by which, among other things, they empower the President to cause to be borrowed on account of the United States Fourteen Millions of Dollars; The execution of which power has been by him committed to me: as will appear by a copy of...
To all to whom these Presents shall come: Whereas by an Act passed the fourth day of August, in this present year, entitled “An Act making provision for the debt of the United States,” it is, among other things, enacted, That the President of the United States be authorized to cause to be borrowed, on behalf of the United States, a sum or sums, not exceeding in the whole, twelve millions of...
It being probable, that I shall shortly instruct the Treasurer of the United States to draw bills upon you to the amount of one million of guilders, to be paid out of the last loan of three millions; I enclose you his signature, together with that of the Register of the Treasury, and the form of the bills which he will draw. The sight, at which these drafts will be made payable, will,...
This serves to desire, that the interest, which will become payable on the Dutch loans, upon the first day of June next, may be discharged out of the funds, which will remain in your hands, of the last loan of three millions of Florins. I am &c. Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1792–1793, Vol. III, National Archives. This letter was enclosed in H’s “Report on Foreign Loans,”...
The Treasurer of the United States has been directed to draw upon you, a Bill, at ten days sight, in favor of the Secretary of State, for ninety nine thousand Guilders, which you will dispose of, according to directions to be given you by, Mr. Jefferson. I am &c. Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1792–1793, Vol. III, National Archives. This letter was enclosed in H’s “Report on...
The departure of the post leaves me barely time to inform you that I have at length recieved a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury which renders it necessary that I should know the present situation of the loan opened at Amsterdam & with as much precision as you can have, the time when you think another could be set on foot there. I will thank you to give me the information by the return...
Since my last I have not seen M. Dufresne & of course have nothing new to say to you concerning the disagreeable affair of the rate of exchange for the million of florins paid by you. I fear he will not consent to any other mode of settling it than that of the current rate ascertained by sworn brokers agreeably to the data of Messrs. Hogguers & Co’s draught furnished you. I hope you will...
You will please to consider it as a standing instruction, that you are to apply whatever monies may be, at any time, in your hands, of which no different application has been specially directed, to the payment of the interest and premiums, which shall, from time to time, become payable on the loans, which have been or shall be made, for the United States in Holland. I am &c. Copy, RG 233,...
Your letter of the 22d of August informed me that you had opened a loan for six millions of ⟨florins⟩ & it gave me real pleasure as it never could have entered into my mind that any other conditions than those presented & repeated in my several letters authorizing the loan could have been adopted. Your letter of the 25th informs me that you have ⟨presented⟩ other conditions for this loan not...
I received after the departure of the last post your letter of the 8th inst. ⟨I⟩ am really sorry to find that you persist in pretensions which I should have hoped must have been removed by the observations contained in mine of the 3d. instant & of which you acknowlege the receipt. It becomes useless for us to discuss this subject longer. For my part I examined it in all its parts not so much...
I have barely time to acknowledge by the extraordinary of tomorrow the receipt of yours of the 22d. inst. in which you propose that the sec. of the Treasury should settle the rate of commission on the last loan. It would seem that the rate at which any business is to be transacted should be looked for in the powers authorizing the transaction of that business—still if you think this matter...
I have learnt with some surprise, through Mr. Short, that the price of the effects of the United States had undergone a sudden depression in the market of Amsterdam. This is so different from the tenor of the hopes I had built upon those expressed by you, and so contrary to all the calculations I can form on the natural course of the thing, that I cannot but be curious for a particular...
I have directed the Treasurer of the United States to draw upon you for one million of Guilders, at the same sight as in the last case. These Bills will be discharged out of the loan of 6.000.000 of Guilders, mentioned in the letters of Mr. Short and yourselves, of August last. I am &c. Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1792–1793, Vol. III, National Archives. This letter was...
Treasury Department, January 27, 1792. “The Treasurer of the United States has been directed to draw upon you a Bill, at ten days, for 95.947½ Guilders, in favor of Mr. Jefferson, the Secretary for the Department of State, to which I request you to pay due honor.” Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1792–1793, Vol. III, National Archives. This letter was enclosed in H’s “Report...
I have duely received your Letter of the 5th. of July and thank you for your Care of my little Interest recommended to you in my Letter of the 30th of April last. I have Since received your friendly favour of the 29th. of December last and thank you for your Information concerning our American Affairs in holland. For my own Part, I wish that our money Negotiations might be continued in your...