Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Van Staphorst & Hubbard, 10 October 1795

From Van Staphorst & Hubbard

Amsterdam 10 October 1795.


We have before us your very esteemed favor of 27 May remitting us

£ 39.17.10½ Stg. Nathl. Anderson’s Bill on Wm. Anderson of London
" 70. 8. 6  " Geo. Meade’s Do. on Geo. Barclay & Co. of Do.
£110. 6. 4½ Stg. on account of Mr. Philip Mazzei whom We have advised thereof.

These Bills have both been protested for non acceptance. But We have endorsed them to the Consul of the United States in London, to pay the expences of an American ship carried into England. By which means We hope He will easily obtain a Licence from the British Government, permitting the persons on whom they are drawn to discharge them: which they will then do, in case their refusal to accept, was solely owing to the British Act of Parliament relative to Dutch property.

Your own Bill on Jas. Maury of Liverpool £50.5.6 is accepted, and will in course be to your Credit. We are ever with great regard and esteem Sir! Your mo. ob. hb. servants.

N & J. Van Staphorst & Hubbard

Dupl (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by the firm; at head of text: “Duplicate. Orig. via Philada. pr. Ship Sally. Wickes” and “Thos. Jefferson Esqr. Monticello. Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Sep. 1796 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s favor of 27 Ma. 1795 has not been found, but see TJ to Philip Mazzei, 30 May 1795, and note.

In 1794 parliament had placed severe restrictions on French-owned property in Britain and on payment of any financial instruments endorsed or sent from locales under French authority, and Dutch firms became subject to similar prohibitions in 1795 upon the establishment of the Frenchallied Batavian Republic (Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins and John Raithby, eds., The Statutes at Large, of England and Great Britain, 20 vols. [London, 1811], xviii, 271–6, 444–56).

A letter from James Maury to TJ of 30 July 1795, recorded in SJL as received 13 Oct. 1795, has not been found.

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