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The American Peace Commissioners’ Letter of Credit to John Lamb

6 Oct. 1785

Sir Grosvenor Square Westminster 6 ocr. 1785

The U: S. of America in Congress assembled on the fourteenth day of Feby. last resolved, that the Ministers of the U: S: who are directed to form Treaties with the Emperor of Morocco & the Regencies of Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli be empowered to apply any Money in Europe but [injury?] to the U. S. to that Use—As you are appointed to proceed to Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli, as Agent for forming \such/ Treaties with those Powers, you are hereby authorized & empowered to draw Bills of Exchange at one or two Usances, to the Amount of a Sum not exceeding Forty thousand Dollars upon John Adams Esqr. Minister Plenipoy: of the U: S: of America at the Court of G. B. residing in Grosvenor Square at the Corner between Duke Street & Brook Street, who will regularly accept & pay the same either at the Home of R. & C. Puller in London or of Wilhem & Jan Willink & Nicholas & Jacob van Staphorsts of Amsterdam, as you shall find most for the interest of the United States. Your Bills are however always to be accompanied with a Letter of Advice, and as your Hand writing is wholly unknown to Mr. Adams, these Letters of advice, are always to be in the Hand writing of John Randall Esqr.; who accompanies you, whose hand writing is left in the Custody of Mr. Adams as a check, & a proof by Comparison—the letters are however to be subscribed by you—

With great Respect We have the / Honor to be &c—

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