Document, 1781 April 6

Document, 1781 April 6

 

 

Name:
Clinton, George, 1739-1812, Jay, John, 1745-1829
Title:
Document, 1781 April 6
Abstract:
John Jay's letter of 20 June 1780 is the third and last letter Clinton received since John Jay's arrival in Europe. He has written three to John Jay, the last dated 1 June 1780. He is sorry, but not too surprised that John Jay has received none of them. There have been no radical changes in New York since John Jay's departure, except for the abandonment of several frontier settlements and the destruction of much of Tryon Country and Schoharie. Westchester, often under attack by the enemy, has maintained its ground far beyond expectations. "Every Man, indeed every Boy, has become a Soldier, and I do not believe a superior Spirit of Bravery & Enterprize ever possessed a People..." Because of the incursions of the enemy and exclusion from Commerce, America's finances have declined since John Jay left for Europe. But there is an abundance of provisions, and prices in specie are nearly the same as at the beginning of the war. The enemy which awaited the expiration of the term for which the army was engaged, was greatly disappointed at the new establishment of the military forces. Clinton does not know about the other states, but is happy to inform John Jay that New York's quota, one regiment of artillery and two of infantry, is nearly completed. Men are more eager to enter the service than at any other time since the beginning of 1777, and now every recruit is a seasoned soldier. Clinton was pleased with John Jay's plan of trade, but for reasons which he cannot mention, decided that it was too late to attempt it. Schuyler is in the Senate; Livingston is a Special Delegate to Congress; Morris is practicing law in Philadelphia. The controversy about Vermont is still unsettled, but Clinton has reason to think it will reach a just and speedy conclusion. The Confederation may expedite this.
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783 and Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format:
correspondence
Date:
1781 April 6
Physical Description:
4
Note (Non date):
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay