Document, 1769 March 23

Title:
Document, 1769 March 23
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Name:
Jay, Frederick; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1769 March 23
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
4
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
Curacao. Has resolved to spend leisure hours writing letters to Jay. The harbor here is the finest in the world. The city lies on both sides of the river and is a beautiful sight, with its painted white houses and red tiled roofs. The weather is usually mild but in case of severe winds ships anchor in the Lagoon or Spanish Harbour a mile up river. Vessels of the largest dimensions can anchor here, in water upwards of 16 fathoms. Does not know much else about the country other than that many vegetables are produced. The people here are mostly brutes who spend their time getting drunk before sunrise, "frollicking and whoaring and playing the devil every night." The ladies are "the most ignorant, insignificant, foolish devils in the world - fond of Englishmen & after you are once intimate with them, you receive many presents." Sending the present of limes for Jay, also a pound of "J. water," melon (?) seeds and Jamaican newspapers.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.06303

Document, 1769 March 23