Adams Papers

Hendrik Bicker to John Adams: A Translation, 22 April 1782

Hendrik Bicker to John Adams: A Translation

Amsterdam, 22 April 1782

Sir and very honored friend

A few weeks ago you met Mr. Saportas,1 the broker, at my house. I could not refuse writing to you on his behalf and telling you again that I have come to know him as an honest man who could contribute in helping you secure a loan for your country, and who would like you to keep him in mind when you decide on a brokerage house here.

I have the honor to be with the highest esteem, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant

H: Bicker

RC (Adams Papers).

1Samuel Saportas, an Amsterdam broker. At some point JA and Saportas apparently discussed his firm’s participation in the loan, but on 5 May Saportas wrote to JA that “a Conference with Sundry Gentlemen” about the loan had “not been attended with the desired success” (Adams Papers).

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