|Sir.||Chamber of Commerce, King’s Arm’s Buildings, Cornhill, 23 August 1785.|
I have the Honour to send to your Excellency the inclosed Letter from Joh. Ph. Merckle Esqr., which I receivd. under Cover of one to myself, requesting me to negociate for him a Bill of Jas. Vanzandt on Jacobus Vanzandt at New York, dated so long ago as the 12 Septr. 1780, at 3 mos. Sight, for £200. payble. to and indorsed by said Mr. Merckle;—& that I would apply to your Excelcy. for Information concerning the House of the said Mr. Jacobus Vanzandt.
I shall therefore esteem it a Favour if your Excelly. will be pleased to honour me with a Line or two in Answr.; altho’ I am very apprehensive it will not be in my Power to comply with Mr. Merckle’s Desire, notwithstanding my Wishes to serve him in his present Emergency, & that the Negociation of Bills is a Matter entirely foreign to the Objects of this Institution;—the Plan of which I take the Liberty of presenting to you, Excellency, & have the Honour to be, / With great Regard, / Sir, / Your Excellcy’s. most obedt. / & most humb. Servt.