Norton Strange Townshend family papers  1807-1995
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  1784 November 3 . John Adams Cy; Anteieul, [France]. (3 pages)
Dr. Franklin forwarded letters to Adams and Thomas Jefferson from the Comte de Vergennes and Mr. Grand concerning payment of interest on a loan made by the King in Holland for the United States. Concerned that Governeur Morris intends to call upon bankers in Amsterdam to pay the interest. Does not believe Franklin will receive relief from the French court on account of their expectation of entering into war in the Low Countries. Notes the need for treaties with the Barbary powers to ensure continued American commerce in the Mediterranean. Reflects on the difficult choices to be made to pay debts, receive loans, and maintain American credit.