16. July 1799.
I received last evening your letter of 5. May, and having written you twice within a fortnight have now not much to say.—But I cannot forbear to give you my best thanks for your care relative to my affairs both at Boston and New York, as well as your own use and employment of the authority which I gave you to draw in my behalf—I fully approve of all your proceedings.
I have this day drawn upon Mr Pitcairn for <
you> , of your monies, which by the present rate of exchange here upon Hamburg and London, amount to 691 Dollars and 25 cents: but I send you, an order upon the Secretary of State for 1000 Dollars, with which you will pay yourself, for the [Inst] 2000 at the rate which is considered as exchange at par, between Philadelphia and Hamburg; and pass the balance to my credit in accompt—And here I must repeat the request that you would keep a regular accompt with me, as punctuall< y> as a good merchant’s books; so that no confusion may arise, in our reciprocal arrangements.
I have bespoke your two muskets at Mr: Schickler’s. They will be ready in about a fortnight and Mr: Welch will take care to send them to Mr: Pitcairn—I expect to leave this town to morrow.
Berlin 16, July 1799. Sir. Please to pay to Thomas B. Adams the sum of one thousand dollars, in part of the balance due me, upon my accompt with the United States, dated the first day of the present month: for which his receipt shall serve as a discharge.
I am with respect, Sir, your very humble and obedient Servant
John Q. Adams
MHi: Adams Papers.