Profuse thanks for Livingston's analysis of his character. "I think myself
extremely happy in an assurance from you (whom I can't suspect of dissimulation) that no
other material deficiency marks my character than the one you mention: and I thankfully
acknowledge endeavours to remove that." With Livingston's help, Jay will preserve his
character "fair and unspotted." Thinks that no evil consequences can follow such an
analysis of defects, "our business being not to expose, but remove them." Encourages
Livingston to develop his capabilities in correspondence.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
1765 October 31
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