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John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams

8 Nov. 1795

My dear Brother Helvoet Novr: 8. 1795.

The advice of the Greffier to request by Note an answer to the Memorial on the case of the Wilmington Packet, I think you will do well to follow. At least it may get the business in some train; hitherto I suppose there has been little done concerning it.

As to the affair of the Penn, I hope to write you again. The business requires no special hurry, and I think nothing is to be expected from its result. The case was stated to me a long time since, and I thought the owners did not mean to pursue further a claim, which has so dubious a foundation.

You will please to write immediately to the Bankers at Amsterdam and enquire of them when the last remittance of 300.000 florins is expected by them to be paid. Enquire also whether they wait for payment by the Bill on Dallarde & Swan, or whether they have called for that on Lubbert & Dumas. Tell them also that the state of the business requires an express answer from them, whether they will authorize Mr. de Wolf to draw on them to make punctual payment of the December interest, or not, as the measures, which must be taken to discharge that interest in another manner can only be prevented by their consent to accept his bills.

If from their answer you judge that the money will not be supplied by them, authorize Mr: De Wolf to raise it by drafts upon the Treasury of the U. S on condition that they be negotiated not under par, or 2½ florins to a dollar. But I cannot undertake in the present circumstances to authorize a new Loan.

If Mr: De Wolf should draw on the Treasury, you will take care to give notice of it to the Secretary, by quadruplicates, to be sent by the earliest possible opportunities.

Our friends Frazier & Gardner and Mr: White have spent the day here, and the pleasure of their company has compensated for all the personal inconvenience of my long detention here.

The letter you enclosed me shall be delivered and the directions followed. I hope soon to make my peace in person for my abrupt departure, and wish you in the mean time to return my sincerest compliments to all who have the goodness to remember, your brother

P.S. If we go tomorrow morning our friends will give you the information, I enclose a line to the Bankers, which you may forward with your own letter to them.

LbC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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