ADAMS, JOHN.  1735-1826.

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Lot 2347
ADAMS, JOHN. 1735-1826.

Sold for US$ 33,000 inc. premium

Fine Books and Manuscripts

11 Jun 2008, 13:00 EDT

New York

ADAMS, JOHN. 1735-1826.
ADAMS ARRANGES PAYMENT FOR HONORARY SWORDS AND MEDALS AWARDED TO WASHINGTON, GATES, GREENE, AND OTHERS.
Autograph Letter Signed (“John Adams”), 1 p, 4to, Auteuil, May 19, 1785, to Messieurs Van den Yvers, paper watermarked “J. Honig & Zoonen,” leaf very lightly toned, creased horizontally in 5 places, otherwise very fine.

Adams writes this letter from the French village of Auteuil just weeks before he sails to London to take up his appointment as the first U.S. Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain. Here he writes to Parisian bankers Messieurs Van den Yvers asking them to arrange payment for military honorariums by drawing on the Dutch banking consortium managing the Netherlands’ loan to the United States. In full: “This is to request you, to pay to Coll David Humphreys Secretary of Legation of the United States, upon the Orders of his Excellency Thomas Jefferson Esqr, Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to the Court of Versaille a sum not exceeding one Thousand Pounds Sterling, to pay for certain Medals and Swords awarded by Congress to the Generals Washington, Gates and Green and other officers in Commemoration of Great Events, and charge the same to Messieurs Wilhem and Jan Willink, Nichlas and Jacob Vanstaphorst, and De la Lande & Fynje of Amsterdam to be by them charged to the United States of America.”
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