Document, 1777 April 29

Title
Document, 1777 April 29
Library Location
New York Public Library
Name
Jay, John, 1745-1829 (Author)
Livingston, Robert R. (Addressee)
Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816 (Addressee)
Format
correspondence
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
Date
1777 April 29
Physical Description
9
Subjects
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary
Jay approved the amendment to State Constitution directing Governors to nominate officers to legislature but felt a better clause could be devised. Jay against judges appointing clerks, the judges are appointed for life and might well select their favorites or relatives for clerks these, being dependent on the judges, collusion might follow. The council on the other hand has a constant turnover. Discusses the licensing of attorneys. Favors the Connecticut plan for nominating and electing Senators. Jay would have liked an oath of allegiance to the US and renunciation of allegiances to any civil or ecclesiastical power. Also is for a clause against slavery; would like one for literature. Transcript from the Bancroft Collection, American Series I, 218 1/2.
Identifier
columbia.jay.02819