Jay's analysis of his and Livingston's characters: Livingston more
vivacity and Jay more staid because of pride and bashfulness. Both ambitious but by
different roads; Livingston more flexible, Jay more pertinacious, both sensible of
indignities, Livingston less prone to sudden resentment; both with strong passions but
Livingston with more self-posses sion; Livingston for the world and Jay to a village.
Livingston with many friends, Jay careless of but a few. Unlike Livingston's face Jay
tells all. Livingston understood men and women early, Jay knew them not. Jay had not his
talents and inclination for intrigue. Livingston had pleasure from a variety of objects,
Jay from only a few. Livingston easy of access, Jay not. Now we are coming nearer to
each other. Jay more vivacious and his pride less conspicuous. Livingston less flexible
and Jay less pertinacious, more secretive and more in control of his passions. Is sick
of the subject of politics. The situation fluctuates.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
1775 January 01
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