Adams Papers

From John Adams to Thomas Barclay, 25 January 1787

London Jany. 25th. 1787


We have transmitted to Mr. Lamb a Resolution of Congress vacating his Commission & Instructions & we had long before written to him, that we had no further service for him in Europe, and advising him to embark by the first opportunity for America & lay his accounts before Congress. But by his Letter of october the 10th. to Mr. Jefferson dated Alicant he says "he is not able to take passage by Sea or Land" and that "he has been confined three Months" and that "he is exceedingly sorry he cannot have a full Settlement in Europe." We still hope that upon the receipt of the Orders of Congress he will embark immediately for New York, and we request of you that you would represent to him his indispensable Duty, to return home immediately, and give an account of his Conduct and expenditure of money; but you may nevertheless receive from him his account, and give your Judgement of it, according to the duty of your Department to Congress, & if you please, to us.

Mr. Lamb has drawn upon Mr. Adams as follows

£ S. d.
1785 Octr. 25th. Favr. of Mr. Grand at Paris 140 0 0
Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. 160 0 0
Novr. 5th. 2 Bill of £150 each in favr. of Mr. Grand 300 0 0
Dec. 29th. Do. in favour of John Ledyard 12 12 0
1786 Jany. 25th. 7 Bill in favr. of Messrs. Etienne Drouilhet & Co. No. 1 = £300—No. 2 = 250 No. 3 = £240—No. 4 = £260—No. 5 = £320 No.6 = £350—and No.7 = £280 total equal £2000 2000 0 0
March 7th. in favr. of Messrs. Etienne Drouilhet & Co. 300 0 0
Do. 8th. in favr. of Do. Do. Do. 300 0 0
£3212 12 0

Three Thousand two hundred and twelve pounds Sterling has Mr. Lamb received, of the Cash of the United States; for which he is accountable to Congress and to you, and we desire you to get from him his account of the Expenditure of it, and to enjoin upon him to return to Congress—with great regard we are &c.

John Adams

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