To Willink & Van Staphorst
Paris Octob. 3. 1788.
I have the honor to inclose you by Mr. Parker the act of ratification by Congress of the loan of a million of florins for which Mr. Adams executed and deposited bonds with you in March last. You then supposed that if the new constitution should be adopted, these bonds might be disposed of readily and advantageously. That adoption has taken place; and I should be glad to have your present opinion whether we may count on the monies being ready in time for the several demands stated in the estimate of which we left a copy with you, specifying the times at which the different sums would be wanting.
I have the honor to be with great esteem, gentlemen, your most obedient & most humble servt.,
PrC (DLC). Enclosure: Resolution of Congress of 2 July 1788 ratifying “the contract made by John Adams Esqr. minister plenipotentiary in behalf of the United States of America on the thirteenth of March 1788 for the loan of one million Guilders” (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937, 34 vols. description ends , xxxiv, 282–3). See TJ to Jay, 5 Sep. 1788; Jay to TJ, 23 Sep. 1788.