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John Adams to Wilhem & Jan Willink and Nicolaas & Jacob van

Staphorst

18 Dec. 1786

Gentn: Grosvr. square Decr. 18. 1786

I have this moment the honor of your Letter the 12th. of Decr. I am not able to say what orders Congress may give about the farther disposition of the remaining part of the 80.000 Dollars but I am of your opinion that the Treasury board directed the payment of the premiums in new Bonds from an apprehension they should not be able to provide timely for the february interest, I know of no probabilty of a further draught for the purpose of treating with the Barbary Powers. to any considerable ammount before next spring and therefore I must venture to approve of your proposal to appropriate, a part of it to the payment of the premiums, being fully of your opinion, that such a measure will have a benificial Consequences on the Credit of America

I am &c

J. A.

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