Document, 1772 January 02

Title
Document, 1772 January 02
Library Location
Massachusetts Historical Society
Name
Jay, John, 1745-1829 (Author)
Kempe, John Tabor (Addressee)
Format
correspondence
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
Date
1772 January 02
Physical Description
2
Subjects
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary
Jay suggests that Kempe is withholding information from him because of a supposed defect in constitution or inaccuracy in mode of expression and think she has fixed his resentment on objects too trifling to merit serious consideration. If a gentleman's conduct is misunderstood he should explain it as a complement to those who ask it and in justice to his own reputation. A man has a right to be warm at indelicate treatment. Even though Kempe knew Jay was retained in the case of the Parish of Jamaica, he avoided all conversation with him on it. The case was argued without Jay's knowledge. Jay does not want a rupture but would rather reject the world than purchase it by patience under indignities.
Identifier
columbia.jay.04643