[Document, 1776 October 06]

 

Name
Jay, John, 1745-1829 (Author)
Morris, Robert, 1734-1806 (Addressee)
Title
[Document, 1776 October 06]
Abstract
Typed transcription of description in Stan. V. Henkels Catalog, 16 January 1917. If John Jay had had absolute power in New York State last spring he would have deserted Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan Island, and all that part of Westchester below the hills. He would have placed the main body of the army on the eastern side, and eight to ten thousand men in the highlands on the west side of t he Hudson. He would have shallowed the river and fortified all southern passes in the mountains. This would render New York virtually impregnable on the sea side. But Governor Tryon and his adherents have been successful in spreading dissension so that "I Cannot at present obtain Permission to return to Congress." However, as long as "whimsical Constituents" retain Morris in Congress, America's interests are safe. Jay wishes that the secret committee would communicate no information other than that necessary to promote the common good. A copy of a letter from "Arthur Lee" was sent by a member of congress to a gentleman not in Congress. Jay saw this copy himself, but cannot with propriety mention the names of those concerned. Letter seems to be incomplete. Complementary close missing.
Subjects
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format
documents
Genre
sales records
Date
October 06, 1776
Physical Description
3 pages
Language
English
Library Location
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Also In
The papers of John Jay
Persistent URL
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/j4t3-7574