Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to W. & J. Willink, N. & J. Van Staphorst, & N. Hubbard, 4 August 1790

To W. & J. Willink, N. & J. Van Staphorst, & N. Hubbard

New York Aug. 4. 1790.


This serves to advise you that, on the 31st. of July, I drew on you in favor of Messieurs Leroy and Bayard of this place, for four thousand and thirty six florins courant of Holland paiable at 60. days sight, which be pleased to honor and charge to the account of the United States of America, as for arrears of Salary due to me as their late minister plenipotentiary in France and payable out of their monies in your hands. That the place from which I drew might excite no doubts in your mind, I procured previously a letter of approbation from the Secretary of the Treasury to you which you will recieve herewith, and in which the sum could not be exactly fixed at the time of it’s date. I have the honor to be Gentlemen Your most obedt. humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Messieurs Willem & Jan Willink, Nicholas & Jacob Van Staphorst Amsterdam.” Enclosure not found. Under this date TJ wrote the following in his Account Book: “signed bills of exchange on Messrs. Willinks & V. Staphorst for 4036. florins courant paiable at 60. days sight to Leroy & Bayard for arrears of salary, with the approbation of Colo. Hamilton who wrote them accordingly. The bills were dated July 31. to make them agree with his letter. Note these were sold @ 3/1 the gelder (the par is 3/2) so they come to £622–4–5 N.Y. currency which I leave in the hands of Leroy & Bayard. It is equal to £350. sterl.” See TJ to Hamilton, 9 July 1790.

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